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Sunnyside Primary Academy

PIT - Pastoral Inclusion Team

The PIT team members are Nicola Sayers, Laura Atkinson, Mandi Oliver, Rose Smith and Sally Earle. The Team meet formally on a half termly basis to discuss well-being of children, parents and staff. The Team are currently working with TaMHS  to gain accreditation for Children's Mental Health. The Team also work to provide the SMILE PSHE curriculum, first launching this with parents at the Community Cafe every term and also organise the annual Careers Day.

Circle Group

Children attend Circle Group to developing skills in communication and teamwork, while building on their self-esteem. Children have great fun learning how to develop these skills through creative and exciting games. Although some games can be challenging at times, the children  work extremely hard to work together and grow in confidence.



University of Cardiff

As a school, we have taken part in some exciting and interesting research carried out by the University of Cardiff in partnership with Northamptonshire Police. The University wanted to find out whether an improvement in emotion recognition leads to improved behaviour and social relations, which it appears to have done in previous projects that have been run.  The short training program has been delivered to pupils over the past month by Miss Rodger on a computerised programme. This has been a fascinating opportunity for our pupils and we can't wait to find out the results!


Before Christmas, some of our students took part in some exciting research with the University of Cardiff, based on emotion recognition. We have been told that preliminary findings show that those children who received the Cardiff Emotion Recognition Training (CERT) subsequently displayed an improvement of around 20% in their ability to recognise negative emotions! This is amazing and the children loved being part of something that may possibly have an impact on children in the future.