Originally, the C-Do Project targeted Year 8 or 9 pupils who were at risk of not attending secondary school due to lacking confidence, or having anxiety. The project didn’t specifically target pupils who already had embedded disruptive behaviour problems. C-Do, is an early intervention project.
Schools identify pupils using their data systems and refer them to the C-Do project. Pupils who are happy working within a group setting are coached in groups, over a seven to ten week period about dealing with their own issues that create barriers to participating fully in school life. We also look at strategies that each pupil can use, for success and identify support structures that will help.
Pupils who struggle in group settings, enter into a 1-1 coaching/mentoring relationship, where issues or barriers to performance are identified, and our coach/mentor seeks to support them to find solutions to their individual barriers so they are not at risk of failing in school.
We originally received funding to operate in two schools in the Vale og Glamorgan on a part time basis. However, as other local schools demonstrated significant interest, we completed and were successful in securing a Big Lottery Funding grant to enable the project to be provided to secondary schools throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. As such, the project is now scaled up to provide intervention to year 10 and 11 pupils, without duplicating existing provision.
This project was previously funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council Voluntary Action Scheme, and is currently funded by BIG Lottery Wales.
C-Do is rooted in positive psychology and is informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solutions Focussed Therapy (SFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS) approaches. Some of the content is influenced by DNA-v, “The Thriving Adolescent” developed by Dr Hayes & Dr Ciarrochi.