Whole School Approaches

A consistent approach to supporting wellbeing in school.

Soft Start

Children who have not attended breakfast club are welcome to arrive at school at any time between 8:40 and 9am. They are greeted in the playground by members of the leadership team where there is a chance for families to share any concerns or updates with school staff. The children take themselves to their classrooms and take part in activities independently until the register at 9am.

Zones of Regulation and Calm Corners

The Zones of Regulation support children to notice, identify and name their emotions, and to learn how to manage emotions. These are used by the Pastoral Care Team with particular pupils, and in by teaching teams in classrooms when appropriate.

Classrooms have ‘calm corners’ a space where children can go to manage their emotions in a calm and controlled way.


The entire staff team have had ITIPs training – Islington Trauma Informed Practice. This gives all staff tools to support children in recognising, naming and managing their emotions, as well as strategies to skillfully approach situations which children are finding difficult, giving the child the best possible chance to move forward positively.


At Hargrave Park, we provide children with a wide range of opportunities so that everyone has a chance to find something that they can really engage with and experience success and joy. Some examples include gardening, samba, sailing, cricket, singing, theatre visits, science museum visits, seaside visits.

Leuven Scales

Our EYFS and KS1 staff are trained in using the Leuven Scales to measure children’s wellbeing and involvement. These are a prerequisite to success in school. Particular interventions are used to support children who need it eg ‘Box Full of Feelings’ to develop young children’s ability to identify, describe and manage emotions and therefore promote wellbeing.


Our teachers are trained in P4C – Philosophy for Children. Children have regular opportunity to be part of these sessions. P4C lessons develop children’s critical thinking, by allowing them to explore big ideas, to practise asking and answering open ended questions, to agree or disagree with others, to listen to and take on board a range of points of view.