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Headlamps Schools Support Project

The Headlamps Project was set up at the end of 2001, and is a school based youth initiative that aims to support primary school.  The project is based on the concept of providing a positive learning environment for children with social, emotional or behavioural needs.  The ethos offered to the children helps develop self-confidence and resilience and affords participants awareness of their potential.  The room, resources and relationship between project staff and children reflects this focus.

Project staff work in close collaboration with parents, school Principal, teachers and Home School Community Liaison Teachers and links are also maintained with School Completion Programme. Staff also maintain contact with outside agencies to optimize opportunities for children attending the project.

 

Project overview

The Headlamps Project provides an alternative setting within mainstream education as a means of additional support where the atmosphere offered is emotionally safe and secure.

The fundamental aim of the programme is to assist children in the development of self-image, self-esteem, confidence and resilience. Children attending the project are withdrawn from mainstream classes in small groups and work in a ‘Project Room’ situated within the school grounds. Sessions are generally 40 minutes and children attend once or twice a week.

The project is based on the concept of providing a positive learning environment for children with social, emotional or behavioural needs.  The ethos offered to the children helps develop self-confidence and resilience and affords participants awareness of their potential.  The room, resources and relationship between project staff and children reflects this focus.

Aims of the Project

  • To address a current need in our schools for support for children with social, emotional or behavioural needs.
  • To create a support system for children and families.
  • To create systems of communication between parents and schools who may, to varying degrees, be exposed to the complexities of addiction.
  • To provide a link between schools, families and other agencies that develops a support more responsive to individual children’s needs.

The project addresses:

  • The developmental, social and emotional needs of participants of the project room.
  • The development of skills through activity and play that involves cooperation and learning to keep boundaries.
  • Developing and focusing on children’s language so that they may express their feelings in a constructive way.
  • Fostering in children a sense of pride in their work.
  • Providing a support to parents of children involved through liaison with parents, teachers and other agencies.