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SUCCESS OF RELAX KIDS

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase concentration, focus and attention
  • Help pupils identify and manage emotions
  • Improve learning and school performance
  • Build sustainable strategies to manage stress and anxiety
  • Reduce negative thinking and behaviour
  • Aid self-control, emotions and conflict resolution
  • Equip pupils with simple behaviour management strategies.
  • Improve listening skills, social and communication skills
  • Reduce anxiety, bullying and peer pressure
  • Improve positive thinking, confidence and self-esteem
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AWARD WINNING

Hertfordshire
*The Relax Kids system was used in a project run by CAMHS. It was awarded the 2011 Nursing Standards Mental Health Award. The project has been run in schools in North Herts.

“As a mental health professional I know the difference a relaxed mind can make towards improved concentration and behaviour.”

  • Deborah Bone Emotional and Mental Health Advisor CAMHS

A team from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) have been running a successful therapeutic programme using the Relax Kids 7 step system in Hertfordshire schools since 2007. Evaluations have shown that the programme has lessened the stigma attached to mental health services for young people and that they continue to use the practical techniques taught. The programme won the 2011 Nursing Standards Award in Mental Health section.

3 YEAR PILOT

Knowsley

Sylvester Primary School in Knowsley reduced their fixed term exclusions from 19 to zero in 3 years after using the Relax Kids programme.

There were short daily relaxation sessions throughout the day, weekly Relax Kids classes and lunchtime classes,

After school Relax Kids clubs, Daily class affirmations and special Relax Kids events during Health Week and Friendship Week. Two relaxation rooms were created and every class had a Pupils’ overall level of emotional literacy rose and the number of incidents has fallen, and parents and teachers have reported healthier and happier children.

Using the NFER Emotional Literacy Assessment and Intervention tool, Sylvester Primary School was able to directly measure the impact of their approach to the social and emotional aspects of learning since introducing Relax Kids.

After Relax Kids 3 year pilot, 91% of pupils in the school scored average, above average or well above average on their overall level of emotional literacy on the NFER scale.

The school also measured a dramatic improvement in pupil behaviour.

The number of serious behaviour incidents, including aggressive or violent behaviour, or serious disrespect halved in the first year, halved again the following year and continued to fall in the final year of the pilot. Incidents of repetitive low-level disruptive behaviour also fell by 20%.

Ofsted gave the school an ‘Outstanding’ for emotional well-being, personal development and pastoral care.

The Knowsley Education Authority were so impressed with the results, the Relax Kids Programme has been introduced to all fifty seven schools in the Borough!

 

‘Once children are aware of how they are feeling in body and mind, they can begin to name those feel­ings, notice when they are happening and through Relax Kids learn ways of stopping themselves becoming overwhelmed’

  • John Manning Head Sylvester School

 

“Relax Kids is one of the few resources that I use both at home with my children and at work with young people suffering from chronic physical health problems and pain. The multi-sensory visualisations give children and young people their own ‘tool box’ of relaxation skills to help them negotiate what is becoming an ever -uncertain world. Relax Kids books are invaluable at helping to build our children’s resilience.”

  • Dr Fin Williams - Paediatric Clinical Psychologist

POSITIVE RESULTS IN NORTHAMPTON & DURHAM

DURHAM

In a project in Durham 163 pupils people age 3-15 years have taken part in Relax Kids in 15 schools.

At the start of the projects, 96% of participants scored low on their relaxation levels or high on hyperactivity.

Approximately 85% of participants reported they felt more calm and relaxed.

98% of participants requested more sessions.

School staff reported positive changes such as increased confidence in quieter children.

Over 150 teachers in Durham use Relax Kids in their school.

“There was a lovely atmosphere in the room, it felt calm and safe. One of the pupils is very lively, talkative and fidgety; he was engaged and relaxed throughout. I will definitely use the programme again as I was very impressed with the results.”

  • Teacher

“Overall the Relax Kids project has been a great success with 98% of participants requesting more sessions.
This is just the beginning!”

  • Wendy Minhinnett

NORTHAMPTON

Over 250 teachers in Northamptonshire use Relax Kids in the classroom.

Teachers have noticed a big difference in the ability of their pupils to focus on their work and the children are much calmer after listening to a CD or doing other relaxation exercises.

In one Year 3 class the teacher was surprised at the speed at which the programme started to impact on class morale.

The link Educational Psychologist noticed a difference in the class after 6 weeks of using Relax Kids, especially for one child with possible mental health and social problems.

 

“As a Local Authority teacher for mental health I wholeheartedly recommend Relax Kids to all schools I work with. Individual children and whole classes love to use the exercises and resources, which provide them with a great sense of emotional wellbeing.

Relax Kids is wonderful for teachers, teaching assistants and learning mentors, especially used alongside SEAL materials, and also for some of the more troubled youngsters.”

  • John Fardon - Mental Health Teacher

WESTERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PILOT

Northern Ireland

A Relax Kids project funded by the Public Agency Mental Health and Suicide Prevention was run in ten schools across the Western Trust area of Northern Ireland.

265 children participated including 3 special schools totally 33 pupils with special needs.

The schools were a mix of urban and rural. Weekly sessions were run over 6 weeks.

Parents reported their child's self-esteem, self- confidence and mood were raised after using Relax Kids.

They also noted a difference in behaviour, sleeping habits and attention span at the weekends.

Teachers recognised the importance of "quiet time" and were able to incorporate this into their classroom which heeled them feel less stressed. Special needs students showed most outstanding results. Teachers noted that concentration levels improved.

Some children who weren’t able to participate at the start due to either confidence issues or special needs, by end were able to fully participate.

As the programme developed the children’s concentration and listening skills vastly improved as did their ability to become calm and peaceful at the end, in fact the amount of time they were able to relax was doubled by the end from one song to two.

 

“Relax kids has enabled the children to develop their positive thinking and given them the tools to manage their feelings and behaviour. The children have developed their life skills in a fun way and the positive contribution it has made to their overall emotional intelligence and wellbeing is evident.”

  • Principal, Omagh County PS

Professional Support for Relax Kids

“Relax Kids has been successfully applied in many schools throughout the UK and are helping to establish values-based education. A significant number of Primary Schools are developing relaxation and visualisa­tion as an aid to pupil development. This work is gaining in popularity and the Relax Kids materials are being widely used to support the personal, social, spiritual and cultural elements of the curriculum.”

  • Neil Hawkes, International Education Consultant

 

“I wholeheartedly support the work of Relax Kids in helping children think more positively. In many ways the techniques are like adult mindfulness, yet simplified for children. There is much evidence to show how using a relaxed state to focus on positive thought is hugely beneficial.”

  • Dr Andrew Mayers, Psychologist and children’s sleep expert

 

“Relax Kids is an easy route to helping children relax and feel calm. I recommend Relax Kids meditations to families across the globe.”

  • Dr Julia Ronder Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist

 

Evidence shows that if parents can be supported to better manage their children’s behaviour, there is a much greater likelihood of success in reducing the child’s problems, and in supporting their academic and emotional development.

“Relax Kids is a wonderful resource that will have a positive effect on children and families using these meditations. Often children with anxieties feel stuck or unable to find a pathway out of the challenging situation that they are facing. Like a good map to navigate stress and anxiety, Relax Kids resources can help young people problem-solve their way out of life’s challenges.”

  • - Kevin Baskerville - Leicestershire Autism Outreach Service (IS) Manager

 

“Relax Kids is one of the few resources that I use both at home with my children and at work with young people suffering from chronic physical health problems and pain. The multi-sensory visualisations give children and young people their own ‘tool box’ of relaxation skills to help them negotiate what is becoming an ever -uncertain world. Relax Kids books are invaluable at helping to build our children’s resilience.”

  • Dr Fin Williams - Paediatric Clinical Psychologist

 

“Relax Kids resources are in my opinion the best in the world.”

  • - Dr Neil Hawkes Education Consultant Values in Education

 

“As a Local Authority teacher for mental health I wholeheartedly recommend Relax Kids to all schools I work with. Individual children and whole classes love to use the exercises and resources, which provide them with a great sense of emotional wellbeing”. 

  • John Fardon - Mental Health Teacher

 

“The sessions proved to be very useful in calming and focusing her and I am using the CDs with other students across the school as an intervention when students are struggling emotionally and behaviourally.”

  • Sharon Taylor Learning Mentor

 

“We have a mute child at school (mute in school but speaks at home with close family) who comes to school very tense and stressed. His psychologist recommended Relax Kids. The boy loved it and came to school next morning far less stressed and even smiled on the playground before school started.”

  • Tracey Cotton

 

“The sessions are particularly beneficial for my mixed Year 5/6 class. It not only encouraged them to work together and help build each self esteem.  It also helped them to become more aware of individual needs within the classroom. The children learnt simple relaxation techniques which they could use themselves and how to share their feelings openly”

  • C Lou Deputy Head

 

“A must for every classroom!”

  • Peter Blair, PE teacher
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