iSpace is the Wellbeing Curriculum for schools, developed by its founder and creator, Paula Talman. It is designed to give children the tools to develop their whole selves, providing a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing for children aged 4-11 and 11+.
iSpace uses a language that is clear, child-friendly and positive. Through its toolkits and online portal, it establishes an environment where teachers, parents and healthcare professionals can help deliver a progressive method of learning that sits along each child as they move through their school years and into adulthood. Together, through this proactive approach, we can help children to live life well and to be ready for life’s challenges.
Paula Talman a registered paediatric and adult nurse who is now a director of compliance, health and welfare within the education sector. The idea for iSpace was launched into schools in 2016. The curriculum is now in schools in Sussex, Kent and London and the iSpace community continues to grow strong as more and more schools join.
Taught through the PSHE timetable and themed around a galaxy of wellbeing planets, iSpace encourages children to talk about their wellbeing. Through the iSpace language, its tools and life-skills children are able to build an emotional first aid kit for themselves. Year 7 and 8 pupils have now been introduced to their own programme, #iWonder, a wellbeing curriculum for teens that focuses on understanding their emotional, physical, social and mental health.
Teachers have reported the positive impact made by iSpace through improved relationships amongst pupils and between pupils and teachers. They report improved behaviour and access to learning. Parents are encouraged to be involved in this whole school approach through iSpace talks and workshops. They too are reporting signs of change that leaves them hopeful of a better future for their children.
Children at iSpace schools are talking about their mental health and wellbeing as a normal part of their everyday life. Our hope is that by being empowered today, our children will be ready for tomorrow.