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Elaine Sykes

Principal Teacher, Mile End Primary School

Elaine works at Mile End school in Aberdeen. This is a large, city centre school with a roll of around 550 and over 80 members of staff. The school consists of mainstream and ASN classes at each primary. This is a unique setting being driven by inclusion. The 70 AN pupils are included in the school community through assemblies, lunches, pupil voice groups and school events. Where appropriate, pupils from the ASN classes are included in mainstream classes for areas of the curriculum, team teaching and planning is very much encouraged across mainstream and ASN.

Elaine is a teacher with 28 years’ experience within the classroom. She has been a Principal Teacher for 11 years with a responsibility for Health & Wellbeing across the school. She has recently introduced a new online resource to her school called SCARF to support mental health and wellbeing.

SCARF is developed by teachers and centred on the ‘Growth Mindset’ approach. SCARF’s online resources support primary schools in promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.

SCARF provides a whole-school approach to building essential foundations – crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially.