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Ashes & Oak is a small family business working with nature to create amazing pieces.  Jo specialises in ceramics; both creating and offering clay therapy programs, Ian specialises in wood turning and Liam produces delicate turned wooden toys.

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How many children do you have on role that have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities?  How many of those children suffer from anxiety and exhibit poor behaviour?

A report from the Children’s Society has revealed that more than 100,000 children aged 14 in the UK are self harming, with 22% of girls affected.  The statistics are very worrying and whilst these statistics are  just for serious issues, there are many more children suffering with low-level anxiety.  All these issues often manifest as behaviours in the classroom, which in turn adds to the stress of class teachers.

How many teachers and staff are struggling to juggle teaching, curriculum, assessment and pastoral responsibilities?

The most recent data for 2017 shows that the number of NQT’s that remain in the profession after one year has dropped to just 85%, and after five years it is now just 65%.  Reported in the Guardian in May 2018, a charity that offers mental health support to those working in education saw a rise of 35% over 12 months in teachers calling their helpline. To put those numbers into context that’s 8668 cases in 12 months.  Many of these cases resulted in time away from work and a prescribed course of antidepressants.  Most cited higher expectations and reduced support as the main contributors to their stress.

An Ashes & Oak Make it 2 Break it clay program can help both staff and students by giving them a new focus and space to mentally organise and plan to eliminate their stressors in an expectation free arena.  Programs are led by Jo, a qualified teacher with experience in primary and secondary schools.  Jo holds a current enhanced DBS certificate.  

Programs for students are built around a values based education and run over a number of weeks (minimum number of weeks is 5) for groups of between 5 & 12 students.  During the weeks we will visit different clay techniques building up to a final make, with each session building on self esteem and accomplishment. The overall aim is to improve their mental well-being, which in turn will improve behaviour and achievement in the classroom.  Make it 2 Break it programs are a great investment for pupil premium funding.  In some cases there may be full or part funding available.

Full or half day programs can be run for staff during training days, or on a weekly basis for a number of weeks.  We aim to be flexible as we understand the pressures on the working week.  Whilst staff will gain the same benefits from the strategies and techniques that they will learn, they will also be able to employ these strategies in  the classroom.

Get in touch now to discuss your requirements and book.  Click here or call 07979928577