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Holly Hill Cares - Behaviour and Pastoral Support

A new home and page for all the news and goings on with our work on behaviour and the well-being support we offer here at Holly Hill.


We offer a variety of programs and sessions for children who have emotional well-being issues.


Phoenix Group


Phoenix is a relaxed group session, providing a chance for children to focus on their Personal, Social and Emotional development.

We meet up once a week in The Nest. Children are in a group of no more than 10.

There are up to 10 sessions in total and during these sessions we focus on a range of themes and topics, such as; our emotions and how we express them, how we can stay calm when things get tough, Friendships, how we learn and to have a growth mindset.

Self Esteem is a big part of our learning in Phoenix and we carry out lots of activities based on this!

Because it is small group it is much easier for children to develop and maintain positive relationships within the group.

During the sessions the children’s progress is observed and monitored and at the end of the program children will either stop attending Phoenix group or be given more time to focus on these areas a little more.




ELSA, like Phoenix group, is work focusing on a child’s Personal, Social and Emotional development.  However these sessions are more specific to a child’s needs. We have 2 trained ELSAs in school, Mrs Parrwood and Mrs Slaney.

Each ELSA session is carried out on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis. There are usually 6 sessions in each program and are  only 20 -30 minutes long.

The sessions are usually in the form of a planned, structured activity, a chance to draw and talk about any issues a child may have, or just to sit and talk through any difficulties.

Sessions can focus on Behaviour, Strong Emotions, Bereavement, Separation, Anxiety, Friendship Difficulties, Transition issues and any other problems a child may need some help with to ensure a positive emotional well being.

Again, as with Phoenix, the sessions are observed and evaluated to acknowledge progress and determine whether further sessions are required.



Happy To Be Me


Happy To Be Me is a 6 week program in which children work alongside a puppet named Cog.

Cog helps the children explore their self-esteem, making the right choices and respecting the views of others.

They work towards a group reward at the end of their time with Cog and develop a better understanding of themselves.

This program is carried out within the Phoenix group.



Positive play and Sensory rooms.


Here at Holly Hill we have a group of Teaching Assistants who make up our pastoral team led by Mrs Keegans our SENCO and Mrs Parrwood. The teams consisits of:

Mrs Parrwood, Mrs Rawson, Mrs Slaney, Mrs Bis, Mrs Aldred and Mrs Cooper

As a team we are currently undergoing training in the Positive play initiative. This is very similar to our ELSA sessions. The sessions are 1:1 and are carried out in our Sensory rooms, which we are currently developing. There is an “Enchanted Forest” room in the KS1 building and an “Under The Stars” room in the Nest in KS2.

The sessions are play based activities exploring emotions and our emotional well-being.


Members of staff will suggest children that they believe may benefit from the Phoenix, ELSA, Happy to be me or Positive play sessions to Mrs Keegans and/or Mrs Parrwood. Discussions will then take place with parents and places on the sessions will be offered.

However if a parent feels these sessions may help with emotional well-being issues noticed at home then you may discuss with the class teacher, who will bring this to the attention of Mrs Keegans and/or Mrs Parrwood. A place on the program will then be offered.

There is often a waiting list but places are offered as soon as they become available.

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