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Child & Family Well-being Lead

Welcome to the Summer term 2019.  


13th to 17th May is Mental Health Awareness week.

We will be talking to the children about 'comparing yourself against others' and how that can make us sad sometimes. We will be trying to change that comparison into a compliment by telling the person that we are admiring what it is we like about them.  
We will also be creating a stress awareness space in the KS2 classrooms and get the children involved in sharing the positive things they do when stressed.  KS1 will be discussing what children can do when they are not feeling happy.


You can help at home by reading books at home about acceptance and taking pride in who you are.


For tips about parenting try this parenting podcast:



Our focus for this half-term is the 'Forgiveness'. 

We will be talking about forgiveness with the children. 

 You can help at home by talking about how forgiveness can help in life, whether you are the person being forgiven or doing the forgiving.  What does each person gain?  How does it help in relationships?  Model forgiveness for your child(ren) and praise them for showing forgiveness.


  Please click on the rainbow icon below for more ideas and also for more information on our well-being focus from previous terms. 


My name is Ali Keen and I am the Child and Family Well-being Lead.  I am here to help families and children with any issues that may arise that make it difficult for children to attend school, or prevents them from enjoying their time at school and making the most of their education. I also organise the well-being focus weeks throughout the year, as well as the half termly focus weeks in conjunction with the RE Lead.


 I am available for support if there are any issues that are impacting either children or families.  I can help with practical issues such as applying for free school meals or offering ideas to help with parenting. I also run regular coffee mornings and workshops.


I run lunch-time drop-ins for KS2 children and am available should any child want support with any non-curricular difficulties.  I also work with individual children or groups of children within the school to support them with social, emotional or behavioural issues.


Please check below for a list of forthcoming workshops, links to some useful information for parents/carers, and a variety of support organisations within the borough. 


I look forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones in the playground and at school events.  Please feel free to share your ideas and suggestions with me when you see me.  Please also contact me with any queries or problems and if I am not able to help you, I will endeavour to give you information about someone who can.

Contact me

Workshops and Coffee Mornings

Please see below for any upcoming workshops and coffee mornings. Attending these is a really good way of meeting other parents and getting to know more about the support available. All these events for parents/carers will be held in the after-school club room which can be found in the Key Stage 1 playground, unless otherwise stated.  All parents and carers are welcome. If you have ideas for future workshops, please contact me through the contact form above.

If no workshops/coffee mornings are advertised at the moment, please check back soon.



Have you heard about the ‘Kids Matter’ parenting group at St Joseph’s?

After the success of our first group, we will be running another Kids Matter group in the summer term.  The group is a non-judgemental space in which you can talk through difficulties and you will be offered practical tips and skills on how to make family life more successful.

The Programme:

For parents and carers of children aged 0-10

Lasts for 6 weeks

Small groups of 4-8 parents

Working together with our user-friendly & evidence-based manuals

Sitting together around coffee, tea & pastries

If you are interested in attending this in September 2019 please contact me via the school website, the main school telephone number or via to book your place.


Please click on the links below to find out more information regarding each subject/organisation.