While many students can adjust and competently negotiate school life, for others this is more of a challenge; with issues ranging from; a school refuser, to a disruptive student, to students with exceptionally poor self-esteem. Sunshine Groups provide intervention programmes aimed at these vulnerable and disaffected students; endeavouring to supply detailed intervention programmes covering a range of issues which affect children and young people. The programmes are downloadable and can be used with different groups of students and used many times; making this a cost-effective resource, ready to deliver. It includes seven detailed lesson plans, a student booklet and additional paperwork and guidance.
In my experience group, work interventions can achieve quicker and more powerful results because students not only explore issues about themselves, they also have the added benefit of the acceptance and recognition of their peers within the group. The hope is that the skills which they develop can be translated into classroom interactions. Often in schools, there is specialist support staff or teachers who already work with these vulnerable and disengaged students, and they would be ideally placed to take on the delivery of the intervention programmes. The programmes are comprehensive and detailed from the referral to the follow-up post group; each programme is designed to be easily followed with precise instructions and directions for delivery.
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Frequently asked questions
How do I plan the groups?
There are detailed instructions in the facilitator’s section titled ‘Setting up a group’; these take you through each stage of planning and running an intervention programme, even if you have never planned any before.
How do I engage parents in the process?
Firstly parents will receive a letter about the group, but it would be great to pre-empt this with a telephone call about their child’s involvement in the programme. You could call them after each session or email them if possible; these are time-consuming tasks I know but building positive relationships with carers is essential for long-term success. At the very least invite them to the ‘celebration’ session and make them feel as welcome as possible; try and focus on their child’s positives there will no doubt be other times to discuss their failings!
Where do I get more information about the interventions?
There is a brief overview, but if you click on each programme, then there is a more detailed description of the intervention covering all aspects of what its aims are and what it will cover.
What are the groups about?
To begin with, there will be ten different interventions for KS3/4 they cover different aspects of need. Check out the different programmes and what they address; if there isn’t one which specifically suits your needs then have a look at the ‘coming soon’ section. Each month there will be new interventions released which will cover additional areas of need.
Why should I choose these interventions?
There are various resources on the market but very few which provide a complete package; these interventions, however, provide detailed guided group work programmes. The interventions have been tried, tested and adjusted to suit established facilitators and those new to group delivery. They provide guidance from beginning to end with detailed guidance from start to finish.
How do I know which one is best?
Again I would check out the programme descriptions and make a decision based on these; if you are struggling them email us and we will aim to guide you in the right direction.
Will they solve children’s problems?
This one is a difficult one, yes they will benefit all children, but some will engage more than others. However, there is the issue that for some of these students their issues and problems are deep routed and may have been present for years; for these students, the first intervention may just put them on the right road. To keep difficult students on the right road to improving their behaviour, they may need further interventions; look out for ‘stage two interventions’ they will be the next stage you are looking for.
Do you have any programmes for parents?
I have adapted some of the programmes for parents; parents often want to get involved and help their children and these interventions provide the means to do this. Initially, there will be three packs; Give me strength, In control and Family, and there will be a new pack each month.
Are these interventions just for schools?
I have purposely called them ‘facilitators’ because they can be delivered by all sorts of professionals; teachers, support staff, mental health workers, charity workers and those in social care. These interventions are perfect for all vulnerable children who require the extra care of additional services; they can be used numerous times with different groups of children. In this sense, they are a very cost effective way of targeting funding and resources.
How many programmes are there?
Initially, there will be 10 for KS3/4, 4 for KS2 and 3 parental interventions; there will be new interventions each month so look out for these.
How long are they?
The interventions are seven sessions of roughly an hour long; they are designed this way to fit within a half term with a follow-up session in the next half term. They could be split further if you require, most of the sessions cover 3 worksheets, but some have 4. The length of the sessions is dependent on how long the students talk for and how well you keep them engaged in the sessions.
If you have any further questions, please email me, and I will endeavour to answer them?