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The Anchor Approach - Tools

ToolsHaringey Anchor Approach has developed a range of tools to support emotional health and wellbeing at a universal level. Many of these tools can also be used, with initial advice from the project, to support children and young people with more complex needs.

Schools | Parents and carers | Club leaders | Health professionals

Resilience wheel

Resilience wheel

The resilience wheel (PDF, 52KB) has been adapted from the work of Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg and Steve Van Brockern based on research around traditional cultures; Reclaiming Youth at Risk; 2001.

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Simple Steps to Wellbeing

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‘Simple Steps to Wellbeing’ provides simple, ‘bitesize’ resources to support wellbeing. Developed in response to requests from you, so that more people can benefit by understanding how the Anchor Approach can be easily applied to help us all feel better.

Some resources are emailed weekly to schools (time-limited to 8 weeks) while others provide additional information for anyone who would like to know more. These are linked to the Anchor Approach ‘Education with Wellbeing in Mind’ resource (above), which we recommend you look at for more information.

This is part of Haringey’s response to deliver support to schools, as part of the Department for Education initiative ‘Wellbeing Education Return’. Consultation with local schools identified this as an area of need and it aims to support the wellbeing of children and staff.

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The Emotionally Friendly Classroom

The emotionally friendly classroom document provides framework for good practice to create a positive classroom culture to promote emotional resilience - included within the Anchor Approach Whole School training offer.

‘How to BE’ for All

This tool is available to support the embedding of good practice across settings and organisations. Supporting adults to recognise their own responses and thinking when working with pupils day to day.

Supports capacity to de-escalate conflict - included within the Anchor Approach Whole School training offer.

Philosophical Enquiry and The Resilience Wheel

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Turning Cognitive Theory into Classroom Practice:

The Haringey Resilience Wheel (derived from the Circle of Courage model of Larry Brendtro) offers a set of guiding principles to support the emotional and mental well-being of children and their families.

Belonging – a student perspective

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Parents and carers

The Emotionally Friendly Home

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The emotionally friendly home cards provide a structure for parents, carers and social workers working with children and young people to respond in a meaningful way so that children thrive.

The home tool can be used by schools when working with parents so that parents, carers and school staff can use a Common Language (PDF, 149KB) to discuss needs, behaviour, and strategies.

As communication is strengthened, parents are enabled to engage in a meaningful dialogue about their child.

Wellbeing Corner

A resource for parents/carers to support emotional wellbeing through straightforward acts each day.

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Club leaders

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Tool to support children in out of school hours culture and leisure activities.

The sense of belonging to a club provides a stabilizing influence on children. Research shows that attending after school clubs has a positive impact on achievement.

This element of the tool can be used to support parents, carers and club facilitators to increase inclusion, using a Common Language (PDF, 149KB).

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Health professionals

Team Talk

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Team Talk is available from your manager. Managers can receive more information from

A5 cards also available as professional prompt cards from

Toolkit for Health Professionals

Five to thrive

Five to thrive

Five to Thrive in Haringey is being used to support parents as a universal offer, with some of the Five to Thrive resources providing early targeted support for those parents who need it.

Healthy Child Programme

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The Healthy Child Programme is a national programme for 0-5 year olds and 5-19 year olds.

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Page Last Updated:

June 27, 2022