FEIPS (Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support)
FEIPS offers a young person a safe and supportive environment to talk about difficult issues in confidence. Practitioners listen to a child's views, experiences and feelings without judgement in an atmosphere of respect and empathy based on a secure and trusting working relationship.
How it works is that the child has a regular slot during the week for a targeted period of time (around 30-45 mins). It usually runs for around six weeks but can be longer. Sessions are confidential, offering the child an opportunity to talk about things that concern them.
The sessions are one to one and are very pupil led involving play based activities where required.
Not only does FEIPS offer a child a safe place to talk it supports them in many other areas:
~ Cope better with issues, concerns and situations
~ Achieve some level of understanding with regard to thoughts, emotions and behaviours
~ Accept their limitations and strengths and to feel ok about them
~ Change behaviours which have negative consequences
~ Look at things differently
~ Maximise the opportunity to reach their full potential
FEIPS and ELSA do have differences. ELSA involves the identification of specific emotional literacy targets towards which the child works, guided by the ELSA through a carefully planned programme of support. Whilst ELSA's deliver skills based programmes, FEIPS sessions are more pupil led with the FEIPS practitioner facilitating a helping conversation using counseling practices.
Simply put, ELSA teaches skills and FEIPS offers a time to talk.
Mrs Arnold is the FEIPS practitioner at Castle Hill Primary, however we do have staff on a waiting list to start the training. We plan to have two practitioners at each site.
Please read the flyer below to understand how FEIPS can offer a safe place for your child to talk openly to our specially trained member of staff Mrs Arnold.