Recovery Curriculum September 2020
We have been thinking about what a curriculum might look like for children in this next phase of school and have used guidance from Barry Carpenter CBE, Professor of Mental Health in Education, to help us with this.
Brushwood Junior School has put the child’s well-being at the centre of our thinking. We recognise that the children will have had different experiences during this time and that there have been big losses to children as they have stayed at home. However, the common thread running through all is the loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. These losses can trigger anxiety in any child. Some of you may have experienced this with your own children.
We know that an anxious child is not in a place to learn effectively. So with this in mind, the school community has thought about the most effective way to support your child’s ability to learn. This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for your child. We are calling this our Recovery Curriculum.
What is it?
Professor Barry Carpenter has developed the Recovery Curriculum, as a response to the losses described above. It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life, acknowledging the experiences the children have had. We want children to be happy, feel safe and able to be engaged in their learning. We have decided that a way to achieve this for the children is to acknowledge the importance of helping them lever back into school life using the following 5 Levers.
Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE is Professor of Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University.
Below is a link to his podcast on the Recovery Curriculum.