As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and school community. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
We promote and support children’s positive mental health by offering information and advice for our parents and our pupils, signposts to further specialist agencies and some suggestions for activities which develop emotional literacy, with a strong focus on social and emotional aspects of learning. These include self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.
Everyday life can sometimes be tricky, and it can make children feel sad, lonely, worried, nervous, angry plus many other emotions. Whilst these are 'normal' and part of what makes us human, they can leave children feeling deregulated and unsure of how to express their feelings — sometimes they don't have the words. Often we may see a resulting behaviour which gives an outward clue that a child may need some help.
To support children in managing their feelings, each class has a box to post their worry into. They can simply post their name into the box on a post-it note. A symbol placed on the front will indicate that the teacher/teaching assistant needs to check the box. The child will then be offered some time to talk away from other children.
Please see below useful links to support your child's wellbeing.