Student care and support
The GSTT Charity has developed an app to support young people’s wellbeing. It’s called Troo and it’s based around a chatbot. Young people can talk to Troo about anything from self-esteem, body image and friendships to school, family and relationships. It now contains an update in relation to Covid-19.
The app has been developed as a clinically safe source of support under the guidance of an Advisory Group including:
- Dr Jonty Heaversedge, Chair Southwark CCG and Clinicial Director, Imperial Health College Partners
- Roger Taylor, Chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
- Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair Lambeth CCG
- Dr Omer Moghraby, Lead Clinician Lewisham CAMHS
Troo is available as a free and simple download from the Apple Store and Google Play. It offers:
- Wellbeing information and self-help guidance across all of the areas for young people’s wellbeing thought important by the Office for National Statistics including, personal, home, school, health, relationships, friendships and family
- The ability to carry out validated tests on stress and emotional/mental health with signposting to other sources of support depending on young people’s scores (with a stress test validated by King’s College London)
- Signposting to other sources of support that young people may find helpful like Kooth which is commissioned in your area and Shout (Crisis Text Line UK)
Designed to be smaller than a traditional school, we are able to offer high quality, focused support for students, both academically and personally.
We have an amazing amount of diversity in our school and this is something we are extremely proud of. We also recognise that our diversity brings with it a range of needs, which we are fully prepared to support. Pastoral care, well-being and good mental health is central in our considerations when supporting our students.
We offer more teaching than traditional schools, with mentoring from staff, students partners and industry co-sponsors built into the curriculum. We ensure all of our students are able to benefit from our information, advice and guidance structure, which has been built around the needs of each cohort. This includes workshops to support students’ writing their UCAS personal statements and professional counselling.
Many strands of support are on offer to students, in order to facilitate excellent progress and attainment, and these include regular intervention activities, enrichment, and further tailored support. We focus this support on developing students around our values:
Innovation, Integrity and Intent.
We offer support to students through our pastoral team. A Pastoral Manager in each Key Stage (KS4 Years 10, 11, Years 12 and 13) and a Pastoral Support Officer who works across both. Our pastoral team works to build strong, positive and impactful relationships with students and parents and carers.
Every student is assigned a coach (Form Tutor) and this is a vital strand of our pastoral care system. Students attend a daily coaching session (Form group) each morning. Coaches form a close, productive relationship with the students, also working closely with parents and carers. The Coach is a parent/carer’s main link with the UTC as they have pastoral responsibility which includes attendance, punctuality and behaviour. We make sure our students have good mental health through education, care, advice and a zero tolerance in regards to bullying. All our students can confidentially report bullying through our monitored email service firstname.lastname@example.org
We aim to ensure that students are receiving high quality, personalised and responsive care to support their learning and personal development. This comprises elements of SMSC, personal development, careers, work-related learning, sex and relationships education and religious studies.
An important element of our pastoral care service is to monitor attendance and timekeeping. To ensure our students are employable professionals of the future, this process is stringent and we have high expectations of our students but will always treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and showing integrity throughout. Our culture is always positive. Our Mental Health lead, Mr Rob Harding can be contacted via email: Rob.Harding@southbank-utc.co.uk