Children's Health & WellBEING
At Coppice Valley, we are committed to promoting good mental health for our pupils and staff.
If you would like some guidance about talking to your child about emotions this BBC link has some great advice.
We use the DfE's guidance, Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, as a guide and 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.
Learning about mental health is part of our curriculum for all children. We also offer more individualised support for our pupils who may be experiencing mental health and wellbeing difficulties. If we think your child may benefit from some bespoke support, we will always talk to you about it first. If you are worried your child may be experiencing mental health issues, please talk to your child's class teacher, Miss Watkinson (SENDCo) or Mrs Meadus.
WHOLE SCHOOL OFFER FOR MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
We aim to take a whole school approach to wellbeing through a culture of valuing pupils, ensuring they have a sense of belonging.
- Daily meditation/mindfulness activities in class
- The Take Five breathing strategy
- Consulting pupils about our wellbeing strategy and taking on board their ideas and opinions in Pupil Voice Conferences
- Parents engaged and supported through our website, newsletters and wellbeing workers.
- Personal, Social and Health lessons
- Participating in the NYCC Growing Up in North Yorkshire children's survey
- Calm Club ( a safe space for quiet time and staff available to chat about any worries)
Click here to see our Pupil Wellbeing Principles
TYPES OF INDIVIDUALISED SUPPORT
Mental health is something everyone has, just like physical health. At times everyone needs help with their mental health. This can range from a low need to a high need. We offer a staged support system, explained here in our Pupil Wellbeing Pyramid. Our support staff offer a range of mental health and well being programmes, including "Drawing and Talking" and "Time to Talk". The underlying theme for most of our programmes is providing children with a safe space to talk about their feelings and to find ways to cope better with them. Aside from these structured support programmes, our support staff offer informal support like daily check-ins.
TRAINED SUPPORTING STAFF
We are committed to providing quality support within our school context. The whole staff have received Level 1 mental health training from our local provider, Compass Buzz. Miss Wright and Mrs Haddington have received Level 2 Compass Buzz training and Mrs Meadus has completed the Level 3 school leaders training.Two of our higher level teaching assistants, Miss Wright and Mrs Haddington, are spending some of their time offering support to children and their families.
However, though our staff are trained to offer support at school level, we cannot act as mental health experts and we do not try to diagnose conditions. We 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.
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.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - click here for a leaflet about Tips for Talking to your Children about Mental Health