Children's Health & WellBEING
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Children's mental health is a growing concern for the whole nation, as children today face different pressures, stresses and risks. We are committed to promoting good mental health for our pupils and staff. Using the DfE's guidance, Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, as a guide for good practice in schools, we work to the following ideals:
Prevention: creating a safe and calm environment where mental health problems are less likely, improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school population, and equipping pupils to be resilient so that they can manage the normal stress of life effectively. This will include teaching pupils about mental wellbeing through the curriculum and reinforcing this teaching through school activities and ethos.
Identification: recognising emerging issues as early and accurately as possible.
Early support: helping pupils to access evidence based early support and interventions.
Access to specialist support: working effectively with external agencies to provide swift access or referrals to specialist support and treatment.
We are committed to:
• An open door policy for children to raise problems to staff
• A whole-school approach to promoting good mental health
• Positive classroom management and clear policies on behaviour including bullying
• A sense of belonging
• Positive peer influences
- A committed leadership team that sets a culture that values individuals and makes them feel like they belong
- A dedicated Vulnerable Pupils Leader to assist staff in identifying and helping pupils with mental health needs
- Continuous professional development for staff in matters of mental health and wellbeing
- Clear systems and processes for education about mental health and providing support for pupils with needs
- A commitment to work closely with parents about mental health in children
It is important to recognise that school staff cannot act as mental health experts and we do not try to diagnose conditions. However, we do ensure that there are clear systems and processes in place for identifying possible mental health problems, including routes to escalate concerns and clear referral and accountability systems. We endeavour to create a safe and calm educational environment and strengthen resilience before serious mental health problems occur.
We are teaching all children how to be mindful through breathing exercises and meditation. This is in order to help the children to recognise their emotions and deal with them in a controlled and calm way.
Miss Wright and Mrs Haddington are spending some of their time working as pastoral support workers, helping pupils with social and emotional well being needs.
We are also working with Compass Buzz, a local authority service who provide staff training to help pupils deal with social, emotional and mental health concerns.
At lunchtime, we have an indoor calm club where pupils can choose to spend some quiet time. Adults are on hand to listen to any concerns, if they have any.
Please click here to see our pyramid of Pupil Wellbeing, which explains the various stages and processes we go through in educating all pupils about, and helping those who need it with, their mental health needs.
YOUNG MINDS Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. Click on this link to find out more information and for a Parent Phone line you can call for free advice.
Sleep and Tiredness
Does your child have a regular set bedtime and routine?
In a recent survey of our children's wellbeing, a higher percentage than average for the county reported feeling tired when they come into school. Research shows lack of sleep has a serious affect on children's ability to learn. Please use the link above to find out more about how you can help your child get more sleep.