The Blurt Education Programme
The Blurt Education Programme is a ground-breaking project focused on improving the mental health of young people aged 4-11, equipping them with essential tools to ultimately achieve happier, healthier, and fulfilled lives.
We’re working with primary schools throughout the UK, to teach young people about mental health through fun, engaging activities. At the end of the programme, students have the chance to create a project, to share their learning with others in their school. Research has shown that young people benefit from hearing this stuff from their peers as they feel better-able to identify with them.
If you would like to sign up you can do so here. You can also sign up to receive a sprinkle of kindness in your inbox every Saturday.
"We introduced the Blurt Project into school this year and the response has been overwhelming. The children have all fully engaged with the activities and the staff have felt confident delivering the sessions recommended. This project has helped us to raise the profile of mental health and wellbeing across our school community and it has got us all talking!"
- Ilketshall St. Lawrence Primary School, Suffolk
Why We’re Doing This
Youth mental health problems are on the rise, however 3/4 of young people with a diagnosable condition don’t get the support they need. Even without having a mental health condition, young people will face a whole bucket-load of challenges that can range from friendship break-ups, to family breakdowns, bereavement or bullying.
These challenges can have a huge impact – an impact that’s worsened when a young person hasn’t been taught different ways to look after their mental wellbeing. Young people without adequate coping skills turn into adults who struggle to cope. Early intervention is key. Supporting children to develop positive coping mechanisms as early as possible can help them to build up a well-resourced toolkit for managing the challenges life as they grow up.
Unfortunately, the barriers schools face when delivering lessons on mental health, wellbeing, resilience or self-care are increasing. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it worse. 78% of teachers think that mental health problems in children and young people have increased in the last year.
"Among 5 to 16 year olds, 12.3% felt that they did not have a friend, 13.3% felt that they did not have an adult at school, and 9.8% felt there was no family member outside the home that they could turn to for support."
- NHS Digital
That’s Where We Come In
Everyone has mental health. So we should all have access to the knowledge and tools we need to look after it.
The Blurt Education Programme supports young people to proactively look after their wellbeing, and to encourage those around them to do the same.
We’ll do this by working with Primary Schools, and:
- Providing a workbook to every school we work with, packed with lesson plans, activities, resources, assembly plans, and other ideas
- Supporting students to develop tools and strategies for managing their own mental health
- Empowering young people to create a project or activity to share their learning with others in their school
- Encouraging both students and teachers to have honest ‘how are you?’ conversations
- Supporting school staff to manage their own wellbeing, learn more about mental health, and develop networks to share ideas and support with others
Our programme of support is supported by Little Moons and there are no fees to pay to take part. There are a limited number of places available though, and so we ask schools to only take a place if they are committed in seeing the programme through. We provide a free physical workbook but are unable to cover the costs of any other materials you might use, including printing costs.
“Our job is obvious: We need to get out of the way, shine a light, and empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has.”
- Seth Godin
How Will It Work?
1. Expressions of interest are closed for the coming academic year. If you would like to stay in the loop and hear about all of the exciting things that our schools get up to, please make sure you’re sign up to receive a sprinkle of kindness in your inbox every Saturday.
For those who’ve previously expressed interest:
2. We’ll email all schools who’ve expressed an interest to let them know when applications open for a space on our education programme.
3. When applications open, sign up!
4. We’ll be in touch to confirm your involvement and space on the programme (spaces are limited)
5. We’ll post our workbook out to you – let the inspiration begin!
6. You’ll be delivering lessons that focus on topics such as:
What Is Mental Health? What Are Emotions?
What Do Emotions Feel Like? Are Feelings Okay? Who Can We Talk To?
Self-Care And Boundaries
Kindness To Myself And Others
Resilience And Problem Solving
7. Once you’ve worked through the modules, students get their creative hats on and create resources or projects to share what they’ve learned with others
"From October 2019 to February 2020. Typically, between 11-14% of teachers, whether classroom teachers or heads, would report they were highly anxious"
- Teacher Tapp
We're By Your Side
To support student wellbeing, we also need to support school staff wellbeing.
Research shows that primary school teachers are more likely to report high rates of stress than secondary school or alternative provision teachers. It’s widely reported that teachers often feel undervalued and struggle with particularly high workloads.
The last thing we want to do, is add to school staff workload. Our aim is to provide the resources and support needed, to get stuck into programme straight away. We’ve built our workbook on the National Curriculum, so that it supports existing work, rather than adding an extra dollop of ‘stuff’ to think about. Connections between members of staff, and between students and school staff can be invaluable. We want to create the space to allow school staff to support that; not pile on additional pressure.
Our programme team are here to support schools every step of the way. Whether it’s support to get other staff on board, some help adapting resources to meet the needs of a class, or something else entirely, we’re here to help.
"Y4 have really enjoyed exploring how we can express emotions using facial expressions and colours."
- St. Catherine's CE Primary School, Horwich.
Our programme aims to:
- Increase the number of young people between the ages of 4 and 11 who feel empowered to talk about their mental health.
- Increase self-care and resilience in young people, equipping them to handle the challenges they may face during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
- Improve the confidence, behaviour, leadership, communication, attainment, attendance and achievements of young people.
- To help students and staff have the courage to be kind to themselves (and to understand the value of kindness to ourselves and others).
- Support school staff to feel comfortable discussing mental health with their students and one another.
"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."
- Ryunosuke Satoro
We’re really excited to continue to build our programme, and to work with more schools in the 2021/22 academic year. You can sign up here.
If you would like to stay in the loop and hear about all of the exciting things that our schools get up to, please make sure you’re sign up to receive a sprinkle of kindness in your inbox every Saturday.
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