School emotions scheme rolled out in Norfolk

A pilot scheme which aims to help youngsters in schools in west Norfolk manage their emotions is to be rolled out across the county.

The county council scheme has been delivered to pupils in eight primary schools in the west of the county.

It has improved concentration, social skills and understanding and reduced conflict and disruptive behaviour, Norfolk County Council claims.

The council said the scheme would be rolled out to schools across Norfolk.

The £170,000 programme offers special lessons to encourage children to talk openly about their feelings.

The scheme aims to give children the ability to recognise and understand what they are feeling and provide them with problem-solving techniques to enable them to manage their reactions.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children's services at the council, said: "It may seem like a very simple concept but there are children who, for very many reasons, have not developed the language they need to express their feelings and this can cause them to lash out or become disengaged.

"The pilot has shown that this project is hugely successful in supporting children's emotional well-being and making schools a more harmonious place for both teaching and learning."

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