Mental Health and Wellbeing
What we do to support well-being
We adopt a whole school strategic approach to mental health and well-being. A well-being team helps to ensure all stakeholders are involved and that there is a continual drive for improvement, underpinned by effective systems for evaluating the strengths and further areas for development of the school.
We are committed to creating a happy, caring and supportive environment. The school ensures there is a positive, nurturing and inclusive ethos where children can thrive and achieve their personal best.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a central part of our curriculum. We believe that the concepts covered in PSHE can support children to better understand their identity, manage feelings and emotions, build relationships, cope with change, build resilience and stay healthy (physically, emotionally and socially).
1:1 or small group nurture support is provided for targeted children who are struggling socially and emotionally.
Play therapists work more intensively with children who are experiencing significant life stresses.
Within the National Curriculum, every child has a minimum of two hours of Physical Education each week. This is taught by our experienced PE teacher and sports coach, who also organise a range of after school sports activities.
We promote healthy eating throughout the school.
To support children’s social and emotional development, and their well-being we offer an extensive range of after-school clubs – all with a view to increasing the range of experiences that children have, enabling them to make informed choices for adult life. Activities are designed to be fun, build confidence and resilience and cater for a wide variety of interests.
Regular pupil progress meetings and pastoral care meetings are used to carefully monitor the well-being of our children so that appropriate targeted support can be provided.
The Inclusion Manager is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and meets with children and their parents regularly.
We include World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week in the school calendar and plan activities for the whole school community.
A programme of targeted Alternative Provision (such as gardening, cooking and play) is on offer to build confidence and self-esteem, foster talent and expand children’s experiences.
A wide range of well-being events are on offer for children (after-school activities, cinema nights, bedtime reading sessions, GoNoodle Mindfulness) and for staff (book club, shared breakfast and lunches) and for parents……(happy family group).
All staff have training in supporting children’s well-being; (e.g. Nurture, attachment and developmental trauma and Plce2Be’s Mental Health Champion) and well-being remains a school improvement focus for the school.
As a school, we have and continue to access outside help and support for pupils when required, such as links to support networks locally and signposting to national charities. We have an Education Wellbeing Practitioner who works with the school for support and training.
School Council help to support and promote well-being by discussing health and well-being issues raised.