ROAR Primary

Who is the course for and what’s it about?

This course will support senior leadership teams to implement a whole-school approach to mental health by developing a bespoke mental health and emotional wellbeing policy. This policy will support staff, pupils, parents and carers, following the eight principles of the whole school approach to mental health.

With 1 in 6 young people having some form of diagnosable mental distress and greater demands since the pandemic, it can sometimes seem like an impossible task for the emotional needs of our young people to fall on a pastoral team or just one go-to person.

The ROAR course will strengthen the senior leadership team by developing knowledge and resilience within their staff to respond to the mental health needs of their young people, their families and their own staff.

ROAR equips leads to be the first-line response for a child in distress. The course covers an overview of mental health, and how we can respond to anxiety, low mood, depression, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, and parental mental distress.

Case study

Watch how staff and pupils at Blessed Sacrament Primary School have embraced the ROAR approach throughout the school, in everyday life.

There is a need for staff training. However, this training should not aim to train staff to become mental health professionals. Instead, it should focus on how to recognise the signs of mental health problems, where to go to get help, what to expect from outside help and importantly what to do when staff do not get the help they know they should.

Member of staff, SEN school

What is ROCKET?

ROCKET is a one-day, interactive course aimed at primary aged children to enable them to become resilience champions within their schools. The role of the group will be to look at what the school already does to promote resilience, but also where the areas for improvement are regarding resilience, and how the resilience champions can improve on these.

Throughout the course we make reference to Resilient Ralph – so for those schools who have received the ROAR Training, the ROCKET Course really compliments and works alongside ROAR, both of which have been developed by the MYA RAISE Team.

What does ROCKET stand for?

ROCKET stands for Resilient, Open, Caring, Kind, Equal, Togetherness.

When developing ROCKET, we consulted with primary schools in Liverpool to ensure the course would be useful and beneficial to the school, and therefore we trialled the final course to these two schools which gained really positive feedback from both children and staff.

Who can it be delivered to?

The course can be delivered to up to 25 children either in a full days training or over a 5-week period. We recommend the course being delivered to years 5 and 6, but during the trial, there were some children from year 4 too, which also worked well.

You can target a specific year group or have a mix across year groups.

The course is split into 5 separate workshops:

  1. What is resilience?
  2. What is mental health?
  3. What makes a good resilience champion?
  4. Fuel for your ROCKET!
  5. ROCKET Den – launching the ROCKET in your school.

How can I get children in my school ROCKET trained?

Give the RAISE Team a call on 0151 702 0700, or email leighh@mya.org.uk

The course is free for primary schools in Liverpool.