Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops for Schools

Boosting your student’s mental health and wellbeing through theatre. 

An estimated three children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem.

That’s why for many schools, supporting student wellbeing is now a top priority.

But how can you best support your students in developing positive mental wellbeing?

Introducing OpenView Education’s mental health and wellbeing workshops for schools, created specifically to support your student’s mental wellbeing.

Our workshops use drama, performance, puppetry and storytelling, providing your students with a highly interactive and engaging learning experience on mental health and wellbeing.

Your students will learn:

  • That mental health is a normal part of daily life.
  • How we can talk about our emotions using a varied vocabulary.
  • How and where we can access support.
  • What we can do if we are worried about some else’s mental wellbeing.
  • How we can use mindfulness techniques to feel calm and centred.

Our highly engaging and interactive workshops support your whole school in adopting a positive, universal focus on wellbeing.

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‘The children were totally engaged throughout and thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.
The facilitators are professional, friendly and great with the children. They deliver sensitive subjects in an informative and entertaining manner for both pupils and staff.’

Bishop Winnington-Ingram Primary School, London.

‘The children were so engaged. Each session was delivered with the same enthusiasm and dedication. The children got so much from the sessions. You did an outstanding job – we are all very, very impressed.’

Parklands Primary School, Seacroft, Leeds.

THEATRE AND DRAMA

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We use drama to create an interactive learning experience for your students.

WHOLE SCHOOL

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We have workshops for students of all ages and we can work with a large number of students in one day.

LESSON PLANS

Your visit includes supporting resources, making follow up easy for your teachers.

EXCELLENT VALUE 

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We understand value for money is important for schools. We offer affordable whole school events.

EVIDENCE BASED

Based on The Five Ways to Wellbeing: An evidence based approach for improving wellbeing.

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Supports Department for Education statutory Guidelines for Mental Wellbeing.

Interactive & Engaging: Your students learn by taking part in role-play scenarios.

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All our facilitators hold Enhanced DBS checks.

The Steps to Wellbeing Wisdom

KS2 – KS3

In The Steps to Wellbeing Wisdom, your students will learn simple self-care techniques, helping them to build resilience and boost their wellbeing.

In this interactive workshop, your students will meet Jacob. As they see Jacob’s story, they will learn how the events in Jacob’s life impact his mental health and wellbeing.

Jacob improves his wellbeing by taking simple actions every day; he starts playing football with his friends once again and he speaks up about how he has been feeling.

Your students then take part in role-play scenarios, allowing them to practice how they can access support and what they can do if they have concerns about another student’s mental health.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • I understand that everyone has mental health in the same way that we have physical health.
    • I can identify strategies for taking care of my wellbeing and explain where and how I can access support.
    • I can recognise and talk about my emotions with a varied vocabulary.
    • I understand that talking about my worries can help me to feel better.
    • I am able to offer support to my peers.

     

    What do we need to run the workshops?

    Number of students: One class per workshop (max 30 children)

    Length of Workshop: 60 minutes per workshop.

    Space needed: Your school hall or a cleared classroom. Use of projector and sound. 

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    Interactive & Engaging: Your students will be up on their feet taking part and having fun!

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    The Wellbeing Adventure

    EYFS – KS1

    Meet Philip. He’s got worries, just like all of us! He worries about lots of different things, big and small. Philip has always bottled his worries up inside and tried his best to keep them to himself – He doesn’t want to worry anyone else after all!

    One day, Philip decides to look for a way to make his worries disappear once and for all. He sets out on an adventure into the wellbeing jungle. On his journey he meets The Calm Crocodile, The Chatty Parrot, and even the Soothing Monkey!

    But Philip soon discovers that he isn’t the only one that worries! In fact, worrying is normal, and everyone seems to do it…

    In our workshop specifically designed for Early Years Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1, your students will journey with Philip to the wellbeing jungle. They’ll learn three simple ways to look after their own wellbeing, and how to speak up if they need help.

    It’s time to take the Wellbeing Adventure!

      Learning Outcomes:

      • I can use a varied vocabulary to talk about my emotions.
      • I understand that it’s okay to feel worried sometimes.
      • I can identify who I can speak to and where I can go to access support.
      • I understand that talking about my worries can help me to feel better.
      • I understand simple actions that I can take to help myself to calm down and to feel better. (e.g. breathing techniques, exercise & talking about how I feel)

      What do we need to run the workshops?

      Number of students: One class per workshop (max 30 children)

      Length of Workshop: 45 -60 minutes per workshop.

      Space needed: Your school hall or a cleared classroom.  

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      School Wellbeing Resources

      Provided Online: Unlimited Access for Your Whole School.

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      Power Up Your Wellbeing:

      Animated Wellbeing Series

      Designed as a whole-school approach, Power Up Your Wellbeing is an interactive animated series.

      Each episode includes a lesson plan, PowerPoints and resources, so it saves teachers time and makes your life easier.  It’s the perfect way to deliver a positive, whole school message on mental wellbeing.

        Learning Outcomes:

        • Students learn how showing kindness towards others can boost our mood.
        • Students learn how they can support their peers and recognise the signs of poor mental health.
        • Students understand what they can do and who they can speak to if they have concerns about another student’s mental health.

        What's included in the package?

        • 1 x Episode Power Up Your Wellbeing: Ava’s Journey (KS2)
        • 1 x Episode Power Up Your Wellbeing: Joshua’s Journey (EYFs/KS1)
        • 1 x Power up Your Wellbeing Lesson Plan (KS2)
        • 1 x Power up Your Wellbeing Lesson Plan (EYFs/KS1)
        • Mindfulness Activity Pack – Whole School
        • 1 x Wellbeing & Mindfulness Poster (EYFS/KS1)
        • 1 x Steps to Wellbeing Wisdom Poster (KS2)
        • I Want to Change the World – Interactive Video (EYFs/KS1)

        Unlimited access for your whole school!

        Provided Online: Unlimited Access for Your Whole School.

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        What people say…

        ‘OpenView Education are true to their mission – students who attended the sessions bore testimony to OpenView’s claim – they truly do “equip students with the self-confidence and knowledge they need to stay safe and to live successful, happy lives.”

        Working with OpenView has been fun, productive and impactful.  They are highly professional in approach, and have great understanding of how best to engage students in exploratory and learning activities.’

        Julie Crabb

        Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, Middlesex University

        ‘I have nothing but excellent things to say about our day with OpenView.  The children are STILL buzzing about it and they all enjoyed the day – One even announced that it was the ‘Best show ever’. The teachers reported that the workshops were brilliant and were all incredibly impressed by your knowledge and skills. Thank you again. I have already been recommending you to my friends in other schools.’

        Bonneville Primary School, London.

        ‘Our facilitator was absolutely fantastic and a credit to your mission.  They were super self-sufficient and independent which was excellent as I was in class throughout both days. 

        It was everything we expected. I received such strong feedback from teachers and support staff, particularly early years who previously shared how hard it can be to find a workshop that is appropriate for the children. They said the children went home talking about it and even started talking about it the following morning which is amazing. The children at St Gregory’s definitely learnt something. 

        Thanks again to you at Openview Education for being super flexible and supportive in arranging the workshops at St Gregory’s.’

        Mr Graham

        St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Kent

        ‘OpenView Education provided a fantastic workshop. The facilitator was engaging and fun, which enthused our pupils to get involved. We have used this company multiple times and feel they deliver an outstanding workshop for young people. They diligently approached the new Covid-19 measures and the adapted workshop enabled everyone to feel safe and comfortable. We would highly recommend them to other educational institutions.’

        Ms. D'Arcy

        Head of School, Queens College London

        Packages & Prices

        We have affordable packages available for schools of all sizes with packages available from only £299.

        Get in touch today to receive a quote for your school.

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        Frequently Asked Questions

        How do you make your workshops covid secure?

        You can have complete confidence when you book a day with OpenView Education, because our workshops have been designed and adapted to be covid secure.

        Your facilitator will wear a face shield while delivering the workshops, and they will wear a face mask at all other times. No sharable props are used during the workshops, and all of our faciltiators reciver extra training on delivering the workshops in a socially distanced way.

        We work alongside you to ensure your day runs smoothly. We request any specific health and safety requirements that you have for the day. These are communicated to your faciltiator in advance of your day.

        Here’s a recent testimonials about our covid secure workshops:

        ‘OpenView Education diligently approached the new Covid-19 measures and the adapted workshop enabled everyone to feel safe and comfortable. We would highly recommend them to other educational institutions.’
        Queens College London

        And you can watch an explainer video about how we make our workshops covid secure here.

        Can you work with whole year groups at a time?

        We work with a maximum of one class at a time in our mental health and wellbeing workshops.

        This means that we can make the workshops fully interactive and makes it possible for every student in a class to participate in the activities.  

        How do I pay for the workshops?

        After you let us know which package and date you would like, we will send you a simple agreement. Once this is completed, your date is secured. As the date approaches, we will send over your invoice. The invoice is due net 30 and can be paid via BACS or cheque.

        Do you offer talks for parents at the end of the day?

        Our in-school workshops for mental health and wellbeing are focused on students. However, our Online Wellbeing Packages include resources to get the parents involved.

        We do offer parent / carer training on internet safety! You can learn more about that here.

        How do you differentiate your workshops for each year group?

        At OpenView Education, we pride ourselves on ensuring that our workshops are pitched perfectly to the age of the students that we are working with.

        That’s why we differentiate the content of our workshop so that it is relevant, and engaging for each year group.

        For students in EYfs/KS1, our workshops use puppetry, music and drama to create an immersive learning experience.

        We use our spectacular Living Puppets in our EYfs/KS1 workshops.

        For workshops with KS2 students, our delivery is support by a bespoke animated story, created specifically to bring the topic to life for your students.

        We also give special care and attention to differentiating the language used in the workshop for each specific year group. This means that the content can easily be accessed by the age of the students we are working with.

        With certain year groups, we will also change the focus if the workshops to address topics that are most relevant to that specific year group.

        What specific activities do the students take part in during the workshops?

        Reception – Year 2

         In the Wellbeing Adventure for students in EYFs/KS1, students learn three new skills for promoting positive wellbeing.  For each skill that the students learn they meet a new character, the Chatty Parrot, the Calm Crocodile and the Soothing Monkey. 

        Each of these characters are brought to life through puppetry and performance.

        Students then come to the front and act out a short scene with each of these characters. This approach creates an interactive and engaging way for students to learn each of the skills. 

        The skills that students learn are:

        • Talking about our worries with the Chatty Parrot.
        • Learning that it’s ok to feel worried sometimes with the Calm Crocodile.
        • Easy mindfulness and finger breathing with the Soothing Monkey. 

        Years 3 – 6

        The skills that students practice in the workshop are:

        • Talk About It: Speaking up about our worries, practicing how we can access support. 

        This section of the workshop students role-play a scenario in which they practice how we can speak up about our worries and access support.

        Students also practice how they can respond in an appropriate and supportive way if they have concerns about another student’s wellbeing. 

        • Get Moving: How we can use exercise to improve our mental wellbeing. 

        In this section students take part in a short burst of exercise, and then we talk about how exercise improves our wellbeing and think about how we can stay active.

        • Notice: How we can use mindfulness in our everyday lives. 

        Students practice a simple mindfulness technique that we call ‘balloon breathing’. Students take part in a guided mindfulness exercise.

        Afterwards we discuss how we can use mindfulness throughout the day to help us to feel calm before we make decisions.