The Secret Garden School

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With our children, we use a variety of different tools to help the children understand their emotions, their thoughts, their peers and the world. One of the tools we use frequently are Boxhall Profiles. 

Boxall Profiles are a valuable tool in educational intervention, which originated from the pioneering work of Barry Boxall in the field of child psychology. Developed in the 1980s, the Boxall Profiles were designed to provide educators with a comprehensive understanding of a student's social, emotional, and behavioural needs. Drawing upon principles of psychology and education, Boxall aimed to create a practical and reliable framework for identifying and addressing the diverse challenges faced by students in school environments. By utilising the Boxall Profiles, we have developed tailored intervention strategies that target specific areas, empowering our students to overcome obstacles and thrive both academically and personally.
Here at The Secret Garden, we use a 'plan, do, review and assess' method for our formal interventions, based on the child's Boxall Profile. A Boxhall Profile assessment is carried out by an adult who knows the pupil the best, answering questions based on 'The Developmental Strands' and 'The Diagnostic Profile'. This profile is carefully analysed to create personalised interventions for each child. These interventions are then carried out by our Intervention Staff, who carefully monitor the progress of the children. Interventions will then be reviewed by evaluating each session and evaluating the progress being made towards targets.
As well as formal interventions, we also have informal interventions which happen when necessary. An informal intervention may happen when a child is dysregulated and needs to address emotional and behavioural challenges. These interventions often include strategies such as providing a calm environment, offering sensory tools, implementing relaxation techniques, and fostering positive relationships. By meeting children's individual needs, informal interventions aim to promote self-regulation and well-being.