Last year, in order to support our pupils with their personal recovery from the impact of the pandemic on their mental wellbeing, we launched a fantastic resource called Zumos across the school.
Zumos is a leading online wellbeing system that is CAMHS kitemarked and was developed as part of the HeadStart project. The system is designed to provide our children with the tools to build their self-confidence and wellbeing. It helps them practice being a mindful and reflective person and helps to build their strength to be a resilient person, dealing with life’s challenges and tragedies as they arise. In addition, it promotes children to feel comfortable talking out and dealing with their emotions, something that is an integral part of our daily lives.
Each child has their own individual login and can access their own area where they can find a range of resources to support them, including:
My Room – Here all pupils have access to lots of self-help audio clips to listen to. The titles are all expertly written and peer reviewed and will really help them to deal with problems they might be worried to tell you about. These will help them to seek the help they need. In addition, teachers may well assign specific titles to children, if particular issues have been identified.
Games Room - The games are based on the latest scientific research coming out of our universities called cognitive bias modification or CBM. The evidence is that if these games are played for ten minutes three times a week, after three weeks they are measurably more positive. And the more you play the better the outcome.
Chill Room - This tool is to practice mindfulness and is a great resource for the whole family. The more you practice the greater the benefits. Even just 10 minutes a day will show benefits. Settle everyone down either sitting comfortably in a chair or lying on the floor,
then simply click on the length of ‘Me Time Minutes’ you want. The recording will do the rest. There is much to explore in this room, have fun.
Life Book – Here the children reflect on their day or week. Filling in the questions asked, helps to send their mind on a search for the positive. You can really help them to focus on the positive here.
Worry Box - This is where children can type in a worry they wish to share with an adult in school. Whilst we do continue to have our paper worry box in school too, this provides further opportunities for children to share their anxieties with us. When a child submits their worry by Zumos, the class teacher receives an email. This has largely been happening during early evening when teachers would not normally be accessing their email account. Where we do read these notifications, our response will always be to acknowledge that we have read the worry and reassure the child that an adult will chat to them tomorrow. It would be inappropriate for us to enter in a dialogue directly with children whilst the member of staff and also the child is at home. This would compromise our safeguarding procedures and protocols. It also places unreasonable expectations on teachers whilst they are at home with their own families. However, please be assured though that we will always follow through any worries which are shared. If we were alerted to a Safeguarding concern, depending on the nature, we would take more immediate action where necessary, which could involve notifying First Response or the Police. A member of staff will always let parents know if we feel we need to discuss the worries with you too. We also encourage you to discuss the use of the worry box with your child, so that you are aware of how your child may be using it.
This week we are relaunching Zumos within our school community. In order to do this, we have appointed Poppy from Y6 to be our ‘Zumos Champion’. Her role this year will be to promote positive mental wellbeing with all children across the school. One of the ways she will do this is to share with pupils (each week) some of the brilliant resources available to them on Zumos. In assembly on Friday, the first tool Poppy will share is the worry box feature with her peers and talk about how it is one way in which pupils can deal with their worries. This is importance since we know that when worries are not dealt with, they can amplify and impact on pupils mental and physical wellbeing, holding them back from being truly successful – both personally and academically.
Pupil logins will be sent out again this week. We urge you to use Zumos as an integral part of your child’s daily routine, even if just for a few minutes. The more time spent practising on Zumos, the bigger the impact. It is also a great way of reinforcing the growth mindset approach at home. You can find out more about the importance of a Growth Mindset and how you can support this at home together as a family on our website here: