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Overcoming Overwhelm – Planning Your RISE Up Programme

It has been fantastic to welcome so many new educators to our RISE Up community recently.

We recognise that knowing where to start when creating your RISE Up programme can sometimes be overwhelming, so we have created this blog and accompanying planning sheet to help our new colleagues.

Partner schools that have had the maximum impacts have combined both our RISE Up programme with our Trauma Informed PE teacher training course.

The Trauma Informed PE course guides you how to establish and prioritise relationships, whereas the RISE Up course guides you on what to teach and different ways to approach content to help your young people build their own self-care toolbox.

Once you have completed both courses, you are empowered to create your own RISE Up programme to match the needs of your young people.

Top tips to help you get started are to:

(1) Start small – implement in one way first.

(2) Look for easy ways to build momentum with the programme.

(3) Reach out if you are stuck. We are always happy to help you plan your programme.

Here are seven steps to make it as easy as possible for you to get started.

1. Why?

Consider why are you doing this project. What is your intent? What do you want to get out of it and achieve by the end of the project?

2. Who?

Which young people in your setting could benefit most from the support? Are they a specific class or group of young people?

3. What skills do they need?

What self-care tool kit skills could your young people most benefit from? 

Consider what physical activities they are already most engaged in, so you can build on that, and develop their enthusiasm from there.

4. Where?

Which facilities and equipment are required to deliver your programme? The facilities you need will determine where your programme will be based.

5. How?

How are you going to deliver your programme? Will it be within lessons? Will it be an intervention programme? Will it be a Club or will you do a drop-down day? The choice is yours. These are some of the ways the programme has been implemented by our partner schools. 

We are always happy to introduce to colleagues if you want to know more about a certain approach.

6. When?

When in the school day will your programme take place? Will it be within the school day, before school at lunchtime or after school?

7. Monitoring impact and future plans

How are you going to monitor the impact of your programme? What data have you got about these students? We can support you with this with our School Wellbeing Scorecard and adapted versions of the Warwick-Edinburgh mental wellbeing scale questionnaire. 

You may also want to think about how you will celebrate success. It could be with mental health hero certificates or a celebration event. Again we can help you with this.

Finally you might want to jot down ways to implement the programme in the future, once all goes well.

We have created this planning sheet for you to jot down your thoughts.  Download it here.

Planning your RISE Up programme
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Do you want to improve your students' wellbeing?

Take the first steps here by completing our 'School Wellbeing Scorecard here.

This action will help you map your school's wellbeing provision in 3 minutes and identify the key areas to focus on for your setting.

You will receive a personalised report and a complimentary login to our taster ‘RISE Up’ course.  Here you will be able to experience Step 1 and 2 of our 9 Step RISE Up teacher training course. 

Information about our RISE UP early intervention mental wellbeing teacher training course can be found here.

Come Join Us at the YST National Conference 2024

Our founder, Neil Moggan, Kate Reynolds, Jon White and David Saul will be presenting the "Beyond the Buzz: The power of a 'trauma-Informed approach' in improving behaviour and attendance" session.

We would love you to join us. More information on the conference can be found here.

We would love you to join our community of teachers committed to transforming the life chances of their children. Please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to join us.

Have a great half term break.

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