15th January 2019
Wishing everyone a very happy new year, we hope that 2019 is a good year for each and every one of you. We are very excited that our two Thumbs Up ambassadors from Rock Ferry Primary School got to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday during the Royal visit to Wirral. Have a look at the photo and spot our ambassadors and the rest of the fabulous Rock Ferry children:-
22nd November 2018
We are delighted to welcome four new schools so far this school year, Avalon, Dawpool Primary, Brookdale Primary and Calday Grammar School. As always we are very proud and pleased to be working at these fabulous schools and can't wait to get to know the teachers and children.
13th November 2018
Exciting plans ahead for Thumbs Up followig our inclusion in the latest Government Mental Health and Wellbeing paper from other areas of the UK - first visit, to Wolverhampton in January. If anyone outside of Wirral, Liverpool, Cheshire are interested in hearing about our plans, please get in touch. Thank you.
4th November 2018
We are delighted to tell you that we have been contained within the Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Provision in Schools research and analysis document. We are so proud of this and as always thank all our wonderful schools for their ongoing support. Please see the document below:-
We are excitedly booking up for next year now, but still have space for spring term, and a little for summer term. Please don't forget to book early. Get in touch as soon as possible to ensure that you don't miss out with our exciting programmes for next year.
20th Septmber 2018
As the term continues with Thumbs Up, we have already had enquiries from new schools, there is so much to look forward to throughout the school year. We're potentially looking at other areas of education that we can target and speaking to possible new facilitators that have expertise in these particular areas. We are looking forward to letting you know in the near future.
6th September 2018
Team Thumbs Up would like to wish all our schools, children, parents and carers and all the teaching staff a wonderful 2018/19 term. Please do not hestiate to get in touch if you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss how Thumbs Up can help your school - we are eagerly awaiting new bookings. Don't forget we have another team 'out there' now, so therefore we can 'hit' more schools and get our work out there further afield. We look forward to hearing from you.
24th July 2018
Wishing all our past, present and future schools, teachers, parents/carers and children a very happy summer holidays - don't forget Thumbs Up remain contactable throughout the summer holidays.
7th July 2018
At the end of each term we like to give our schools an 'end of term' report. So in this regard - now it's time for our 'end of year report', and we thought we would share it with everyone who likes to follow all the Thumbs Up latest news. As always, thank you for all the support you have offered us over the course of past school year, and hopefully we will see you in 2018/19!
21st June 2018
We are excited to let you know that we have introduced a new programme - Acceptace, Inclusion and Tolerance of others. We have created this due to the demand from schools in response to issues surrounding some targeted behaviour to a minority of children. We can deliver this session to small groups or indeed full class groups. As always get in touch for details.
14th June 2018
The team at Thumbs Up have had a very busy few weeks with the all the transition work now in full swing. We have decided - due to demand that in the school summer holidays we will be releasing some dates for private work. If this may of interest to you, as always just get in touch via our contact page or by emailing:- email@example.com. We can work with your child on a 1:1 basis, looking at such aspects of their wellbeing as:-
- Preparing for year 7
- Raising self-esteem and self-confidence
- Behavioural issues (making good choices)
- Introducing mindfulness
- and much more...
14th May 2018
All the team here at Thumbs Up would like to wish each and every child taking SATs this week the very best of luck, remember to stay calm, have that 'I can do it' attitude, don't listen to the opinion of others as to whether they found it easy or not, breathe slowly and remember this time next week, it will all be over!
28th April 2018
Over the last couple of weeks emails have been sent to all our existing schools and to potential new schools too. There are offers and incentives in place for new schools that show offer some level of interest before 25th May (half-term). We are so excited about the new school year and can't quite believe the interest so far, so don't delay, book in now to avoid disappointement.
19th April 2018
We are so excited release the news that from September (school year 2018/19), Thumbs Up have been invited to deliver a very bespoke programme to years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children and SEN children in the hub at Leasowe Primary School every monday all throughout the whole school year. We are very proud and privileged to have been asked to undertake this work, and we couldn't not be happier. We will be working with not only the children, but the staff and parents and carers too. If your child does attend Leasowe Primary School, please let us know, we would love to hear from you and we will look out for them.
12th April 2018
As Thumbs Up enjoy a relatively relaxing couple of weeks for spring break, the work is still going on in the background, getting ready for our programmes for the summer term. A really exciting and diverse term ahead of us, of course the usual transition work, but some small group and individual work too. If your child will see us in the summer term, don't forget to tell them to come and say hello to us and tell them that they've been reading our website, that's always worth a high five and a Thumbs Up sticker!
22nd March 2018
Thumbs Up were delighted that Sue was invited to be the guest speaker at The Wirral Dyslexia Society AGM this week. It was wonderful to share some of the passion and motivation that Thumbs Up have to help children with special educational needs. It is fantastic that there are organisations such as this, ticking along 'behind the scenes' in order to help and advise schools, teachers, parents and carers with the important issues surround SEN.
8th March 2018
Thumbs Up are excited as this new half-term begins as we welcome another new faciliator 'on board', we will be introducing Louise to you all next week! Louise's first school she will be faciliating at is Riverside Primary School in Wallasey.
1st March 2018
So as we begin this half-term with snow and windy and cold weather, we can look forward to a shorter half-term than usual. A teacher reliably informed Thumbs Up that it is four weeks and four days (not that he was counting!). So Thumbs Up would like to wish you a 'Happy Spring' - albeit a very snowy start, and hope to see you very soon.
7th February 2018
STATEMENT FROM THUMBS UP
Yesterday (6th February), I made a decision to terminate the contract that Thumbs Up has with Edsential.I have been mulling over this decision for quite some time, and it has not come easily at all.I have enjoyed the time that Thumbs Up have spent working in partnership with Edsential, however, it has become apparent that our priorities and work practices differ greatly.Thumbs Up will continue to grow, bringing in two new facilitators in the very near future, both bringing an exciting new skill set to the company.Our priorities will always be the schools we work at – the staff, parents and carers and most importantly the children, and as Thumbs Up continues to move forward and deliver our programme to more schools, this will not change – I can assure you. We will still offer the same motivation, passion, friendliness and of course our own unique personal touch – it’s important that you – the schools, together with us – Team Thumbs Up, develop a relationship of trust, honesty and reliability amidst the level of professionalism that we offer.I would like to wish Edsential well, as they progress into the future, however, we will not be looking back, we will be looking forward with the continued excitement and positivity that has brought us to this point now.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Thumbs Up Education Programme
22 January 2018
As Thumbs Up return to work in earnest following our Christmas/new year hiatus, and following Sue's knee replacement - new schools keep popping up all the time. We're soon to start with Higher Bebington Junior School right through from February until the end of this school year and into the next. This school has come to us through our partnership with Edsential. Edsential are in the process of relaunching their mental health package, so please take a look at their website for further details in the near future, at www.edsential.com. Thank you.
2nd January 2018
Sue and the Thumbs Up team would like to wish you a very happy new year and wishing everyone the happiest and healthiest times ahead. We are very much looking forward to getting back into 'the swing of things' in the new term, and are excited about starting at our new schools and returning to our existing schools. We look forward to seeing you.
23rd December 2017
Wishing all our schools, teachers, parents and carers, and of course each and every child we have worked with over the last year the very merriest of Christmases and the very happiest of new years. We will look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
6th December 2017
Please be aware that Thumbs Up will remain contactable over Christmas and the new year, however, response times may be slightly longer than usual, but we are not anticipating it being any longer than 48 hours. We will keep you posted if this changes at all.
1st December 2017
A fabulous week this week with finishing at three fabulous schools for this term, Grove Street, Bedford Drive and Woodlands Primary Schools (see 'gallery' page for a fabulous photo!), and taking new bookings with Parkgate and Thornton Hough Primary Schools and Higher Bebington Junior School and more bookings from existing schools. Lots of exciting news to announce in the new year - new staff, more new schools and new programmes! Keep checking back for more details.
1st November 2017
We are so chuffed to bits to tell you all that we have taken our first booking for autumn 2018!! Thank you to St Bridget's Primary School for getting in there early; St Bridget's were one of our very first schools with Thumbs Up, and now the programme they have booked for next September will be their 16th programme overall that they have had delivered by Thumbs Up. Thank you to all at St Bridget's.
29th October 2017
We hope everyone has had a pleasant half-term, and is raring to go for the lead up to Christmas. Thumbs Up have a very busy few weeks working at some new schools, St Patrick's Primary in Liverpool and Castleway Primary and Bedford Drive Primary in Wirral, plus the return of an old favourite - Grove Street Primary also in Wirral. We will also be presenting a session focussing on internet/social media safety/bullying etc next week to Brownies and Guides. Another varied time ahead, and if there is anything you would like Thumbs Up to present, give us a call and we can create a bespoke session(s) for your school/organisation. We look forward to hearing from you.
3rd October 2017
As our new school year is under way in addition to our wonderful Thumbs Up van joining the team, we also have Cath. Cath is a most welcome addition to our team, she certainly brings the fun with her and plenty of experience working with children, having been a dance teacher for many years. Prior to this, Cath has worked as a singer, dancer and actor for a theatre company, working all over the world on cruise ships. Cath is so excited to be joining our team, and can't wait to meet all the wonderful schools, teachers and children that she has heard all about.
18th September 2017
Wishing all our wonderful year 6 pupils all the very best wishes for their 11 plus examination today - we will be sending the most positive thoughts to you all day.
5th September 2017
Thumbs Up would like to wish our new and existing schools a very successful new school year. As always get in touch if we can help you in anyway to our usual email address:- firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to revealing exciting news over the next few weeks - please watch this space.
30th August 2017
We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer holidays. It's been a busy time in the last couple of weeks, starting to get everything prepared for the next school term. We are proud to share this with you (see below). Sue is very lucky and privileged to also be able to co-facilitate a Macmillan Cancer Survivorship course here on the Wirral; throughout the sessions, the facilitators and participants set goals for themselves and then share (if they wish) throughout the continuation of the programme. Sue set herself a goal to write a poem - from diagnosis of her illness to now facilitating the programme. The poem has been picked up by Macmillan and the HOPE programme and now has been animated by students from Coventry University. Please take a look at the link below:-
20th July 2017
Please find below our end of summer term report 2017, we gave ourselves an A+!!!
- We have seen in excess of 800 children over the course of the summer term
• We have exceeded our expectations of the amount of schools we have worked with since Thumbs Up began, we are now in excess of 40 schools (our aim at this point was 30)
• We have given out approximately 500 wristbands and 600 pens
• We have secured seven new schools for the next school year so far – so welcome to, in Wirral - Well Lane Primary School, Bedford Drive Primary School, St Peter’s Primary School, and in Liverpool Faith Primary School, Whitefield Primary School, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
• We have a big Thumbs Up surprise on order for September (all to be revealed!)
• We already have bookings for Spring and Summer of 2017/18 school term
• We have 16 programmes booked in for next year, each programme containing five sessions per group, with many meetings arranged for the beginning of the school year, at this point in 2016, we had just 7 programmes booked in
• After piloting our Essential Life Skills Programme at Rock Ferry Primary School we are launching it in all our schools in the next school year
• We have begun presenting our parent/carer and teacher workshops, and have more bookings for these into the next school year
• As we allow Thumbs Up to grow, new programmes are potentially evolving all the time – watch this space
• As we go to five sessions we will be introducing more focus on ‘mindfulness’
• We have achieved exceptional feedback from all the schools we have presented too (please see testimonials page on our website (www.thumbsupprogramme.co.uk)
• We have retained Governorships at local schools and are motivated to help wherever we can in the schools we represent as Governors
• We remain incredibly passionate about Thumbs Up and all that it offers for our children, I know that the passion will continue to grow as we enter a new school year – we just love our job
• We have 2/3 part-time new facilitators coming ‘on board’, which is very exciting for the new term, and I know they will all bring something new and exciting to the programme – I will be introducing these lovely ladies to you over the next few months
• We are going to introduce informal parent workshops (held in the evenings), maybe over a glass of wine! Where we can address issues that arise for parents in relation to their children or how being parent impacts their own lives and general mental wellbeing
• We continue to remain contactable through the summer holidays if anyone has any worries/concerns that they would like to discuss, as always, use the email address below
But most importantly, we hope each and everyone of you have a fabulous summer, and thank you to you all for ‘liking’, ‘sharing’ or even just reading my posts, and thanks as always to all the support from family and friends that Thumbs Up gets – roll on school year 2017/18…but not quite yet hey! Enjoy, with all best wishes. Sue
19th July 2017
Debbie Rainbow-Sandham no longer works for Thumbs Up, and whilst we were sad to see Debbie go, we are very excited for the future, and what it may bring with new facilitators coming 'on board' - watch this space for more details.
13th July 2017
This screenshot that was made from a message that we received from a young lady from Fender Primary School yesterday following induction day. This girl was going to Wirral Grammar School for Girls on her own, all her friends were going elsewhere. Through Thumbs Up we were able to ask other girls going to the same school as her to look out for her, and a lovely girl from Rock Ferry Primary School did just that, and this is the result:-
We cannot tell you how proud I am of the girls involved, this made our year - thank you.
13th July 2017
As we come towards the end of the school term and we say 'goodbye' to some year 6 children, we also get to welcome new schools 'on board' for next year - so welcome to St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, both schools in Liverpool. We are so excited to be venturing 'over the water' now into Liverpool and allowing the work that we do with Thumbs Up to spread further afield. That doesn't stop us being sad to see our gorgeous year 6 children go though - not by a long chalk!
28th June 2017
This week we welcomed yet another school for the next school year - Bedford Drive Primary School in Rock Ferry, we are so excited to begin working with both the children and the parents at this fantastic school. We have also worked in Black Horse Hill Infant School this week, working with the KS1 children, we introduced them mindfulness and the world that opens up just by using our five senses on a regular basis. Countdown now to the end of term, with lots of year 6 work, helping the children to get the most out of their induction day(s) and helping them to see all the great aspects of secondary school life, to allow them to start thinking positively towards September - exciting times ahead!
5th June 2017
Hope everyone has had (or is having) a pleasant half term. We are so pleased to announce that we have two new schools joining our wonderful Thumbs Up 'family' - Whitefield Primary School and Faith Primary School, both in Liverpool, which is so exciting for Thumbs Up, as these are our first Liverpool schools and it is more certainly an area that we wanted to work in. So welcome to our new schools, and as always if any other schools wish to get in touch, please use our contact page, or email us at the usual address. Thank you.
26th May 2017
Exciting new programme coming soon - can't wait to tell you all about it, watch this space!! Have a great half-term.
11th May 2017
Yesterday we had a wonderful day at Rainhill High School as part of their Mental Health Awareness Week. We presented five bespoke sessions to years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Thank you so much for inviting Thumbs Up to meet your wonderful pupils and staff, and we will look forward to returning to Rainhill one day I'm sure.
8th May 2017
The team at Thumbs Up would like to wish all the lovely year 6 children we have worked with over the course of this last school year lots of luck for your SATs tests this week. And of course, those children we haven't worked with, we wish you luck too. And remember - you can only do your best, so feel happy with what you have done.
2nd May 2017
We are so excited that we have begun to take bookings for the autumn term of 2017/2018 school year, we have even had enquiries about NEXT summer, and I haven't even got the diary sorted yet! If you are interested in hearing about what Thumbs Up have to offer throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
3rd April 2017
Our new programme for 2017/18 school year has now been written - The Essential Life Skills Programme is an exciting addition to Thumbs Up and we are so much looking forward to bringing in to our existing and new schools. Please take a look at our 'The Programme In Detail' page for more information.
28th March 2017
We are so excited to announce that we are trialling our new Essential Life Skills Programme at Rock Ferry Primary School over the course of next term. We will be delivering the programme to year 4 and year 5. We will also be presenting three parents workshops and two staff workshops. Rock Ferry has been one of the schools that have been with Thumbs Up from the very beginning, so we are proud and privileged to be going forwards in such a positive way with this amazing school.
15th March 2017
Debbie and I attended an Edsential Conference last week, and had a fantastic response to the two workshops we presented. We met some amazing people and had some very interesting conversations that we hope will materialise into Thumbs Up presenting our programme in more schools. Take a look at us in action:-
28th February 2017
What a wonderful few weeks here at Thumbs Up, with many more programmes booked, and a couple of new schools too (with more to come in the near future). Hello to Egremont and Gayton Primary Schools, two very welcome additions to our ever growing portfolio of schools.
3rd February 2017
Another wonderful article featured for Innovate My School written by our very own Sue Mason - please click on the link below to take a read:-
25th January 2017
Another wonderful school on board today - Overchurch Junior School in Upton. We are undertaking two small groups with this school - a group of year 3/4 children and a group of year 5/6 children, looking at such aspects of their wellbeing a self-esteem and building confidence. During the spring term, we are excited to be working with many small groups in preparation for SATs too, so if this is something that would interest you and your school, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
3rd January 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! This new year will bring some new exciting changes to the Thumbs Up Programme. Please see 'The Programme Itself' page for further details, but please get in touch if you would like to hear more about the programme.
20th December 2016
Thumbs Up Education Programme End of Term Report:-
- We have delivered the programme to approximately 450 children since September
- Debbie was lead facilitator for the first time
- Edsential have already renewed their contract with us for September 2017, with some exciting changes to look forward to
- So far we will be seeing six new schools in the spring term, in addition to our existing schools
- We have approximately eight bespoke programmes planned for spring/summer 2017, in addition to the general transition programme
- There are exciting plans for September 2017 - the four session programme will increase to five sessions, we will be introducing our Essential Life Skills Programme and Moving Forwards Programme
- We will be increasing our staffing levels from September 2017 - expecting to employ at least two new facilitators
- Over this last term, we have presented our first parents and teacher workshops - these have been very well received
- We have attended conferences and delivered to many delegates, and made many significant connections as a result
Think we'll give ourselves an A, because I always feel there is room for improvement!! But definitely an A+ for effort!!
Today we officially finish work for Christmas, however, we will remain contactable by phone or email over the Christmas period.
Debbie, Jackie and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the course of this term, and we'd like to wish you all a very merry christmas and the happiest of new year's.
Big loves, Sue and the team from Thumbs Up xx
16th November 2016
We have just taken delivery of our new uniforms with our very new Thumbs Up slogan on the back - what do you think?
10th November 2016
I am hoping to write another article in the not too distant future, about what our younger generation of today see as a role model. If any parent, or child (with permission from a parent) or indeed a teacher, would like to share any information, please email me at:- email@example.com. Many thanks. Sue
1st November 2016
Well we have hit our 1000th Facebook follower, and I couldn't be more chuffed. Thank you so much for all your support, likes and shares, it really helps us to get the word of Thumbs Up 'out there'. Hope this half-term is a good one for everyone, as we look forward to Christmas (yay!).
16th October 2016
We just want to wish all the children receiving their 11 plus results this week the very best of luck. And please remember that if you don't receive the results you wished for, it is not the end of the world, and as long as you did your best that is what is important. We have to trust the eduction system that you will be placed in the right school for you. GOOD LUCK!
21st September 2016
We are pleased to tell you that Sue Mason (Director of Thumbs Up), has had an articule published on the online education magazine - Innovate My School all about bringing CBT into the classroom - please take a read. (please note Innovate My School website seems to be a little tempremental so bear with it!). Thank you.
19th September 2016
We would like to welcome another two schools 'on board', Woodlands Primary School and St Paul's Catholic Primary School have booked programmes for this term. We are delighted to be working at two such lovely schools, and can't wait to get started and meet the children.
5th September 2016
Welcome to the new school term - hope it's wonderful for both children, teachers, Heads and parents alike. We hope to see you throughout the school year, and of course, as always, if there is anything we can help you with here at Thumbs Up, we are just an email or phone call away.
15th August 2016
We hope you are all having a wonderful summer holidays. You will see that our 'participating schools' page has been updated to include quite a number of new schools. We are delighted that these new schools have come from our partnership with Edsential. We are very much looking forward to getting to know both staff and pupils as we begin work at these schools in the new school year.
12th July 2016
We are delighted to a welcome another few schools into our Thumbs Up Programme - Waverton Primary School - our first Chester school, Clare Mount Special Sports College and Irby Primary School. We are really excited about these new bookings and can't wait to meet all the children in the Autumn term.
11th July 2016
'School's (nearly!) out for summer'! and we are having a Thumbs Up giveaway to celebrate the end of term and finishing our first full year of Thumbs Up! If you send me your name through our contact page, you have a chance of winning this bundle of Thumbs Up 'goodies' for you and your friends and a mystery prize too (it will be different if you live locally or a distance away!). There will also be two runners-up prizes of just the bundle below. This is just our way of saying a big 'thank you' for all the help and support you have given us over this last year.
30th June 2016
The wristbands are being very well received by the children, so when you go to your induction day at your new schools, or indeed arrive on your first weeks at your new school, if you see anyone like this... please be kind to each other, that's what Thumbs Up is all about, and let me know if the bands worked for you. Thank you.
23rd June 2016
As the term starts to wind down, it's all systems go in preparation for the autumn term here at Thumbs Up. If your school would like to enquire how we at Thumbs Up can help your school, don't forget to book in before the end of term, to ensure that you won't be disappointed, as dates are flying out of the diary!
13th June 2016
We would just like to say a big 'thank you' for those people we met at the Edsential conference last Friday. We met some fascinating people who shared interesting stories and thoughts about Thumbs Up and how we can help in their setting. The future looks very bright for this partnership, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Edsential for showing faith in the programme and for sharing the passion that we have in helping children with their mental health and wellbeing. We share with you a little photo of Sue 'doing her stuff' at the first of two workshops she presented on the day.
8th June 2016
Good morning, so pleased to be able to introduce our new Thumbs Up trainee facilitator Debbie Rainbow-Sandham. I have met Debbie through a MacMillan Cancer Survivorship Programme based here on the Wirral, where we are both lucky enough to co-facilitate. I am delighted that Debbie is 'on-board', I truly believe she will be an asset both to Thumbs Up and the schools and children she sees. She is presently undertaking her Cognitive Behavioural Therapy qualification. Look out for Debbie observing and co-facilitating with me over the next few months, looking forward to her facilitating on her own into the winter term of 2016/17. Well done Debbie, so pleased to have you with us. Debbie will also be joining me on Friday at the Edsential Conference.
6th June 2016
Good afternoon, well finally I get to announce my very exciting news...! Thumbs Up have been invited to work in partnership with Edsential. Edsential is a jointly owned company that was launched at the end of 2015 by Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester councils and invite approximately 300 schools in these areas to 'buy into' the services they provide. Therefore Thumbs Up will be working in conjunction with the Health and Wellbeing side of the business, still doing exactl...y as we are now, but with the backing of this forward thinking and exciting company. On Friday Thumbs Up have been invited to our first Edsential conference and I will be presenting a workshop twice throughout the day. The conference is at the Village Hotel in Bromoborough, and is based around PE, Sport and Health. My workshop will look at the relationship between good physical and mental health, and how one enhances the other. Also Rebecca Adlington is speaking at the conference, all very thrilling! These are really exciting times for Thumbs Up, I cannot thank everyone who has supported me and let me share my vision with them, I really do hope this is the start of even bigger things for Thumbs Up...and of course I will keep you posted. And now I'm just spoiling you, as there will be more news to share tomorrow. Please take a look at the link below, take a look at Edsential's website, and as always if there's anything you would like to ask, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or indeed if you would like to contact Edsential for future bookings etc, please contact email@example.com. Please click below for more information on Edsential.
26th May 2016
By now the Thumbs Up website should be receiving some new 'viewers' to it, we would just like to welcome you and thank you for taking the time to look at the website and take an interest in the work we are doing. We have just welcomed our 16th school 'on board', and look forward to many more realising the benefit of the work that we do and the passion we have for all aspects of child mental health. If you wish to contact us, please press the email button below, and we will be in touch very soon. Look forward to hearing from you. Sue x
17th May 2016
More exams!! Once again good luck to everyone with GCSE's (and others) this week. As I said last week - you can only do your best. If you walk out of an exam knowing that, then take that into your next one. Try to keep calm and alleviate the levels of stress by doing something nice - like listening to music or chatting with your friends. GOOD LUCK!! And don't forget if you need a few pointers or ideas, just get in touch. Sue x
10th May 2016
Good luck to each and every child that is starting their SATs this week. Always remember that there is nothing better than your best that you can do, and when the test is done...it's done...there is nothing to be gained by worrying. The less stressed you are, the better your ability to perform in tests, so parents - try your best to keep your children calm and distracted by lovely things. GOOD LUCK. And if anyone needs a few pointer, don't forget to drop me an email. Sue x
19th April 2016
We would like to wish everyone a very happy and successful summer term. It is often deemed to be the most challenging of terms, with SATs, induction days, exams etc etc, but by managing the levels of stress and anxiety can really help this period of time run more smoothly. If you wish to learn more about how Thumbs Up can enable your school to reduce those levels of worry, please don't hesitate to get in touch. All contact details can be found at the foot of the page or contact us via our contact page. Sue
1st April 2016
Today Thumbs Up is 1 year old! It has been an amazing first year, with Thumbs Up presenting the programme, in one form or another, at 15 schools. Keep your eye on this page for the lastest news - which I am delighted to say - is very exciting, and will be announced within the next few weeks. Thank you to everyone who has supported myself and the programme over the past year, and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and enjoyable spring break. Sue x
20th March 2016
Thumbs Up would like to wish all the schools, parents and of course the most important people - the children, a very happy Easter. Thumbs Up will be closed for the Easter break, and will re-open on 29th March. We will remain contactable by phone or email throughout the spring break which begins on 4th April.
8th March 2016
If you or your child has received the Thumbs Up Programme, there is now a lovely 'summing sheet' of the entire programme that can be emailed to you. If this is something you would like to receive, please email Thumbs Up and we will get one sent to you.
23rd February 2016
We have developed a short two session programme that will be presented to pupils undertaking the 11 plus exam this September. The programme will be held in the couple of weeks prior to the exams in mid September. The programme will focus on building emotional and mental strength, and to try and eradicate the nerves and anxiety towards the exam - in turn this will give the child the best change possible to attain the result they desire. If you are interested in this programme for your school, please get in touch. There will be limited availability owing to the short span of time between the return to school and commencement of the exams.
22nd February 2016
We would just like to welcome everyone back to school after the school holidays and wish you a wonderful new new school half-term. We will be preparing for all our summer sessions over this half-term - pretty much booked up for summer now. We have some brilliant new content for our summer transition programme, and some new activities incorporated too. If you wish to find out more information, please send us an email or contact us via the contact page. Thanks.
9th February 2016
Don't forget we still have some sessions available for April and May if there is a particular issue surrounding a small group of children or individual that you feel Thumbs Up may be able to help with. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss how we can create a bespoke programme to meet your child/children's requirements.
26th January 2016
I am pleased to announce that with immediate effect, Thumbs Up are now offering a couple of additions to the present programmes. Firstly, I have now qualified to become a grief and bereavement counsellor, for working with children. It has been very apparent that a lot of children struggle immensely following the loss of a loved one (including pets), and sometimes don't know how to grieve and vent their sorrow. Under this umbrella will also fall - 'how to deal with serious illness in the family', again, this is a significant concern of a child and I believe with the tools that I have developed, that this is an area where I can help too. Secondly, I have created a wonderful 'Introduction to Mindfulness' session; I do 'touch on' Mindfulness within the programme, but just for ten minutes or so, this session lasts an hour, and we do some lovely exercises that I believe the children will be able to introduce into their every day lives. If you wish to find out any more information about any of these new services, do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
11th January 2016
Well back to the programme tomorrow at Orrets Meadow, and some exciting meetings on Wednesday, and then more preparation for the following week, when I start two new small group/individual programmes at two different schools. A lot of prep work being done at the moment, all busy busy here, please get in touch as always if you wish to discuss anything Thumbs Up related with me.
4th January 2016
Thumbs Up are getting booked up very quickly for the summer term, if you wish to book in for this term, please contact us as soon as possible at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
3rd January 2016
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! We would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2016. So many exciting programmes coming up here at Thumbs Up. Spring term is very much about small groups and individual children, working on such issues as raising self-esteem and self-confidence, and how to turn situations around to look at them in a more positive fashion. If this applies to any pupils at your school, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
10th December 2015
Thumbs Up are delighted to announce that we will be supporting Clatterbridge Cancer Charity for the rest of this school year up until July 2016. We will be continuing our sponsored weight loss challenge up until Easter of next year, and then in the summer term, we will be focussing on different fundraising ideas. We are delighted to be supporting such a wonderful cause that is very close to our hearts. Please click on the link on the Home Page if you wish to find out more information about the work this wonderful charity does.
3rd December 2015
We are so pleased to announce that during the spring term, Thumbs Up will be dedicating the vast majority of the time to working with small groups or individuals, and then returning to the full groups in the summer term. This gives us a chance to work with children that we have identified as needing some further help over this autumn term, and focus more so on their individual or group needs. These sessions are proving to be invaluable, with many children making further advancement with their particular needs. If you would like to discuss how Thumbs Up may be able to help you or your school through the spring term, please do not hesitate to get in touch either by email (press button below) or via the contact page on this website. Many thanks.
23rd November 2015
I am super excited to announce to you that I have co-authored on a book with a wonderful writer called Louise Mullins and it is now for sale from Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle. The book is called 'A New Theory for Obsessive Thoughts and Compulsive Behaviours?'. I am so thankful to Louise for asking me to work on the book with her, and I hope (if you buy it!), it will prove to be invaluable reading and certainly give you something to think about. Please click on the link below if you wish to find out more. Many thanks. Sue
20th November 2015
Today we received our 500th Twitter follower, it is so exciting to see how far Thumbs Up has come in such a short while. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read, favourited or retweeted a post from Thumbs Up and helped get the word of the work we do around.
16th November 2015
This weeks sees the start of 'Anti-bullying week'. Bullying has become somewhat a big part of the programme, as I have identified that the fear in children towards the 'big kids' at High School is very real, and can increase their levels of anxiety towards the 'big move'. Throughout the sessions (but primarily session four), we talk about the best way to deal with bullying and I encourage the children to seek advice and help from those around them, ie a family member or a teacher, as soon as they feel that they are struggling themselves.
3rd November 2015
Hope everyone had a pleasant half-term. An exciting week ahead with a couple of new schools starting with the programme and a couple of meetings in the pipeline too over the next couple of weeks, hopefully there will be more news and more schools to announce very soon.
20th October 2015
Here at Thumbs Up we are constantly absorbing all the comments, questions and observations both the children and the teachers/Heads are making about the content of the programme. After all, we stress all the time, that the Thumbs Up Programme is for you - the schools, the children and the parents. Therefore, we will be undertaking our own training in certain aspects where there are obvious concerns - we will be announcing in the next month or so, another 'string to our bow', which we believe will prove an invaluable asset both to Thumbs Up and to certain children that we see.
13th October 2015
A bit of a 'heads up' to those schools who may be considering booking the programme for the future - Thumbs Up will be not working in schools for December and January (to be confirmed), as Sue will be undergoing knee replacement surgery. This will be confirmed when a definite date has been given. Sorry for any inconvenience.
3 October 2015
This week Sue finished presenting the programme at four schools - St Alban's, St George's, Park and Rock Ferry. Sue has seen in the region of approximately 250 children, and we can confirm that she loved every minute of it! On Monday Sue finishes at St Bridget's, and then starts on Tuesday and Thursday at Orrets Meadow and Grove Street respectively.
Message from Sue:-
Thank you so much to all the amazing schools that have just completed the Thumbs Up Programme, it has been a privilege to work with some fantastic children, and I hope to work with you again in the future. Thank you again. Sue x
21st September 2015
We are really pleased to announce that Sue Mason has been asked to co-author a new book looking at the theories of obsession and compulsion. This is an exciting new direction for Sue, but not to worry - she will remain fully committed to the Thumbs Up Programme, which is her main focus at all times. Sue is also in the process of looking at recruiting at one or two new facilitators, to enable Thumbs Up to reach out further and wider, as she continues in her ultimate goal of reaching every Wirral primary school child with Thumbs Up.
18th September 2015
Thumbs Up are pleased to announce that the combined weight loss between Sue and Jackie for week two and into week three is 9.5 pounds. If you wish to continue to keep pushing them to make their goal of two stone for Christmas, please take a look at our Just Giving page below and donate - however small. It is truly much appreciated. Also it has been decided that instead of changing the charity Thumbs Up are to support every term, we have made the decision that we are going to change it on a school yearly basis. So Clatterbridge Cancer Charity as you know, is the chosen charity for this year, and we are so proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.
11th September 2015
I would just like to confirm that I will attending two of the five EQ roadshows this autumn. I would like to have attended all of them, but I am committed to presenting the programme already on these days, and I do not want to let my existing schools down in any way. I am hoping that in the spring term, I will be able to attend all of the roadshows. The two I will be at are:- The Birkenhead North Cluster on 22nd September and the Deeside Cluster on 9th November. I look forward to seeing you there!
10th September 2015
Well it's been a hectic but fantastic first week of the new autumn term, and I delighted to say that all the new year 6 children have been very receptive to the programme and I've had a really good time presenting it. It's also a learning curve for me too - and I take a lot of what the children say to me on board into further sessions.
3rd September 2015
Thumbs Up would like to wish everyone returning to school all the luck in the world, but especially to all the brave new year 7 children starting their new schools over the next couple of days. Be strong, make a good impression, exude confidence, engage in conversation with other children, concentrate, work hard, have fun, get involved, try new things and perhaps the most important thing is....enjoy yourself. Yes - it is school, but secondary school opens up a whole wealth of opportunity, embrace it...you're there for a long time!
23rd August 2015
Well today the new programme for the autumn term was completed, we are so proud of it, and armed with all the information collated from the teachers and children from the summer programmes, we have been able to enhance certain aspects, take a couple of topics out and add new fresh ideas. We can't wait to get started now for the autumn term. Keep looking at our Facebook page, and this...our latest news page for more exciting news coming soon! Thank you for your continued support.
11th August 2015
Message from my Just Giving Page:-
Through my company - The Thumbs Up Education Programme, I will be fundraising for different charities - changing the chosen charity on a termly basis. I chose Clatterbridge as my first charity to support, because it is offers the most amazing care for cancer patients within my locality - the Wirral and further afield too. I was lucky enough to be supported by the psychology department following my illness and both close family and friends continue to be supported through the Oncology Centre. For my first venture into fundraising, myself and my partner Jackie, decided that we would incentivise ourselves with a weight loss challenge by raising money for this amazing charity. So our aim, is to lose two stone (between us) for Christmas. So from 1st September, we will be setting the wheels in motion and doing everything we can to achieve our goal. I will also be having a knee replacement operation in December, so for me there is a little more incentive - to get myself fit and well for then. Thumbs Up will also be 'shaking a tin' at various roadshows to increase the money raised and on these occasions we will be offering a raffle prize to anyone who donates. We would so appreciate your donations - however small, and we will keep you updated through our Facebook page on the progress of our weight loss...I haven't thought about the consequences of us not doing it, so please keep us incentivised and help us raise money for this wonderful cause. Many thanks Sue and Jackie x
If you wish to donate...firstly thank you...and please find the link below:-
1st August 2015
A new help sheet has been added today - 'Helping With Homework'. This not only has been created by Thumbs Up but also by a year 11 student, going into her final GCSE year at West Kirby Grammar School. Thanks to Jemma for your help and invaluable advice and techniques that you have offered.
30th July 2015
Please note that Sue will be unable to present the programme herself from beginning of December to mid January (TBC) and therefore not be taking bookings over this period of time, due to an operation. We apologise for the inconvenience, but please be assured that there is no disruption to any programme already booked.
30th July 2015
We are hoping that throughout the autumn term, there will be one or two potential facilitators coming with Sue to observe the programme being delivered with a view to becoming a Thumbs Up facilitator and presenting the programme themselves in the future. Sue assures any potential schools that the new facilitators will be delivering the programme to her exacting standards and is really excited with this next step in the Thumbs Up journey.
17th July 2015
I would just like to take the opportunity to say 'HAPPY SUMMER HOLIDAYS', and I hope each and every one of you, enjoy the summer break, and come back refreshed and energised in September.
12th July 2015
As this summer term draws to a close, I would like to thank all that schools and children that have participated in the programme over this term and of course all the schools that I will be seeing in this coming new school year. The response to the programme has been nothing short of overwhelming and I cannot thank the schools, Heads, Deputy Heads, teachers and TA's for all the support they have shown the programme so early on its life! Thumbs Up will continue to evolve in the new school year with new facilitators being trained and new schools to see, and I cannot wait! If you're school or your child think that the Thumbs Up Programme is something that could help in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact us. Enjoy your summer. Sue x
1st July 2015
We are pleased to announce that following a meeting at Prenton Primary School today, that Thumbs Up will be presenting the programme to the year 6 throughout the next school year. It has been decided following discussions today that the programme will be delivered over five sessions throughout the year, the last session looking at the transition will be held in June 2016. We are really excited to be working with Prenton Primary, another lovely school to have the pleasure of working with.
25th June 2015
So two programmes finished today, a small group of year 6 children at St Alban's and the whole year 6 at Mersey Park. I have really enjoyed working with these children, it has been a privilege to help them in just a small part on their next steps moving to secondary school. I am back to St Alban's in September, and hopefully Mersey Park too at some point in the future. Thank you to both schools for showing the support for Thumbs Up. Please take a look at the word cloud page on this website, to see how the children have progressed from week 1 to week 4.
17th June 2015
Yet another exciting announcement to make - Black Horse Hill Junior School are coming 'on board' with the programme, and in November of this year, Thumbs Up will be presenting the Preparation Programme to the year 6. I am super excited to have this opportunity, as this was the primary school that my two children attended, so it has a very special place in my heart. Thank you BHH for your support for the programme.
15th June 2015
I am so pleased to announce that today I had another successful meeting with St Anne's Catholic Primary School. They have invited me to present the Preparation Programme to their year 6's in the autumn term. Another lovely school that I am privileged to be working at with these amazing children.
13th June 2015
I am pleased to announce that from the autumn school term, and on a termly basis, Thumbs Up will be supporting a charity by way of a donation and some fundraising. Our focus will mainly be on local charities or national children's charities. If you have any suggestions as to what charities you feel may meet this criteria, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Thank you.
5th June 2015
I am so pleased to announce that Thumbs Up have been invited by the Wirral EQ Headteacher Manager to give a presentation of the Thumbs Up Programme to the EQ Roadshows in the autumn term, here on the Wirral. There will be five roadshows initially that I will present at, each containing a cluster of Wirral schools. I am both proud and privileged to have been asked, and I cannot wait to get word of Thumbs Up further afield.
2nd June 2015
As the new school term approaches at apace, I am continuing to tinker around with the transition programme to deliver what I believe is a programme that covers all the issues that may be the forefront in the minds of the children at this point in the year. Therefore, with some feedback from pupils, parents and teachers, I have decided to add 'how to deal with stress' to session four of the transition programme. Also there is a help sheet to accompany this if you would like to email Thumbs Up for a copy:- firstname.lastname@example.org
28th May 2015
I'm really excited to announce that from September 2015, Thumbs Up will be working for three hours per week at Orrets Meadow Primary School, working with pupils of all ages with many emotional issues that may arise for children of primary school age and I will be working closely with both the staff and the children to achieve an ongoing positive and healthy mental wellbeing. I am delighted to be welcomed into Orrets Meadow and can't wait to get started!
21st May 2015
Today Thumbs Up completed the first programme at Mersey Park to their year 5; what an amazing group of children they were. I'm back at Mersey Park to present the programme to the year 6 in June - I can't wait! Thank you so much to Mersey Park for making me feel so welcome and supporting the programme before it was even established.
20th May 2015
I'm so pleased to announce another school coming 'on board'. I will be presenting the programme to a small group of year 6 children in June/July and a full programme to the entire new year 6 intake in October at Grove Street Primary School. I'm really looking forward to working at another lovely school.
18th May 2015
I have some more help sheets available at the request of some parents via Facebook. I now have help sheets for the following:-
1) Living in a positive way
2) Raising self-esteem
3) How to feel more confident
4) Laughing at or laughing with?
Plus the help sheet for the summing up of the whole programme. Please contact me if you wish to receive them via email. Many thanks.
15 May 2015
We've taken our delivery of all our stationery now, please take a look at our photo to show you all the exiting things we've got! We've also reached another big milestone on Facebook today - 600!!! Wow, thank you all for your support, and hopefully we'll be coming to a school near you soon!
8 May 2015
I am pleased to announce that this morning The Thumbs Up Education Programme became a Limited Company. The Company Number is 9580443. It is another exciting step that Thumbs Up have taken with a view to becoming an established and trusted company throughout primary schools in Wirral and further afield.
6 May 2015
We are delighted to announce that another school has come 'on board'. I will be presenting a Year 6 Transition Programme to a selected group of pupils and a full Year 6 Preparation Programme to St Alban's Primary School in Wallasey. There was a lovely feel to the school when I visited this morning, and I am really looking forward to working there.
5 May 2015
Yesterday we reached our 500th 'likee' on Facebook. Quite a milestone! Delighted to be receiving so much support and interest in the Programme. Another couple of meetings arranged for this week, so more announcements of schools coming 'on board' could follow. Also my first enquiry from a school outside of The Wirral has been received...that's exciting!
28 April 2015
Today was the day of the first presentation of the Thumbs Up Education Programme. This first programme was a Year 5 Programme presented to three groups of 15 pupils at Mersey Park Primary School...and what a lovely school to start with! The children were very welcoming and seemed extremely responsive to the Programme, it really couldn't have gone any better. Thank you Mersey Park Primary School for making me feel so welcome.
23 April 2015
We are pleased to announce another school coming 'on board' with Thumbs Up. We will be presenting the Year 6 Transition Programme in June/July and a Year 6 Preparation Programme to the new year 6 in September to Rock Ferry Primary School. We are really looking forward to working with the children there. June/July now pretty much booked up for the full programme, however, we can still accommodate 'one offs' working with smaller groups if your school feel it would be beneficial for them.
21 April 2015
We have a new addition to our Thumbs Up 'family'; I'd like to introduce to you - Tommy Thumb. Tommy has made a successful transition to secondary school, but wasn't without his anxiety issues in primary school, he is looking forward to sharing some of his techniques with the children! The use of hand puppets is fairly commonplace in primary schools, it has been found that it can engage children who may lack concentration and it is a practiced technique for overcoming shyness. I may use Tommy to depict certain situations if I feel the need arises and I feel the children will be responsive. Welcome Tommy!
18 April 2015
Just reached the grand old number of 400 'likes' on Facebook. My 400th 'likee' received a Thumbs Up pen - much coveted and sought after! Who will be my 500th?
16 April 2015
Yesterday we took delivery of our lovely uniforms - we are so pleased with them, hope you like it too. Also we have new email address which has been updated on the website - email@example.com. Please contact us in the future via this address, our contact page or our telephone number. Many thanks.
Yesterday we took delivery of our little gift for the children...or teachers/parents!! We're really chuffed with these pens - many thanks to Heatons Office Solutions for their continued support of the Programme.
1 April 2015
Today is the official launch date of The Thumbs Up Education Programme. Whilst we have been building the groundwork over the past few weeks, there has to be an 'official' start date - so today is the day!! Also there will be a 'help' page coming soon, where we'll be sharing tips from the Thumbs Up Programme, if there is anything you would like to see on there, please contact us. Many thanks.
30 March 2015
Getting ready for our official launch date of 1 April 2015, ahead of our first programme presentation on 28th April. Really exciting here at Thumbs Up right now, please get in touch if you feel we can help your school. Many thanks for your ongoing support.
27 March 2015
Another meeting yesterday which went extremely well. Hopefully there will be an announcement forthcoming shortly! Looking forward to putting the final touches to the Programme before Easter, and get it all sent off for printing etc to Heatons Office Solutions. Heatons are producing our Thumbs Up polo shirts, our handouts for the children and all our course material. For more information on Heatons Office Solutions, please click below:-
24 March 2015
I am delighted to announce that another school has come 'on board' with us today. St George's Primary School Wallasey have booked the transition programme to be presented to a small group of present years 6's in June prior to their departure, and a year 6 programme for September for the new year. It's so exciting to be working with all these great Wirral schools, roll on 28th April - the first Programme being presented!
24 March 2015
We hit 200 'likes' on Facebook!!
We are pleased to announce that with immediate effect Sue Sherratt will be coming on board as our Administration Manager. Sue will increasingly spend more time with the day to day running of Thumbs Up, which will allow 'the other' Sue (Mason), to spend time developing and presenting the Programme and visiting the schools.
Welcome aboard Sue.
22 March 2015
Soon to be developed - a Parent Programme - helping parents to continue the work that The Thumbs Up Programme has developed with the children. It is important that the work carries on after they have received the Programme in order for them to achieve the most out of it they possibly can.
Also a Tots Programme - younger children feel change too. The transition from nursery to reception can be quite scary. This would be more focussed on fun and gentle learning and coping techniques. Keep your eyes out on the website for updates for both these Programmes!
20 March 2015
The schools we have so far 'on board' are:-
Park Primary School
St Bridget's Primary School
Mersey Park Primary School
Orrets Meadow Primary School
Bidston Avenue Primary School
...with more meetings in the pipeline. If any of your children attend years 5/6 of these schools, let me know via our contact page and I'll look out for them!! And if there's any particular areas you feel it would be advantageous to cover in the Programme, please share it...you can help me to help your children.