As a school we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff.
We understand that everyone experiences life challenges and additional emotional support may be needed to support during these times. We all face a range of challenges and emotions throughout life, and there are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions to help us manage these.
We have created a culture across school where talking about how we feel is normal, and where the personal and social development of all children and young people is supported appropriately so that they can thrive.
We take the view that mental health is everybody’s business and everyone has a role to play.
At our school we:
Staff have attended TISUK Trauma and mental health informed schools training and staff within the Wellbeing and Inclusion team are also trained in Mental Health First Aid.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.
There are some common life events that may affect you or your child's mental health and Wellbeing:
What if my child is experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing?
Mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time and neither does it mean avoiding stresses altogether. One of the most important ways to help your child is to listen to them and take their feelings seriously.
In many instances, children and young people’s negative feelings and worries usually pass with the support of their parents/carers and families. It is helpful for the school to know what they are going through at these times, so that staff can be aware of the need and support this.
Coping and adjusting to setbacks are critical life skills for children, just as they are for adults, but it is important that they develop positive, rather than negative, coping skills.
If you are ever worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing then, just as you would about any concerns that you have about their learning, come and talk to us.
Sometimes children will need additional support for a short period – this may be in the form of a daily check-in with a trusted adult, time to talk through what they are feeling and support in developing ways of moving forwards with this.
If your child is distressed for a long time, if their negative feelings are impacting their daily life or if they are repeatedly behaving in ways you would not expect at their age, then please speak to your child's teacher or the Wellbeing Team.
Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:
We are very proud to be a My Happy Mind School.
My Happy Mind is an award-winning programme that is grounded in neuroscience and scientific research. It is a preventative programme designed to support the development of good mental health habits, resilience and self-esteem. It has been commissioned by the NHS.
All our children have a My Happy Mind lesson each week during our Wellbeing Wednesday session and they are encouraged to apply the strategies they learn into their daily lives.
There are 5 Modules which are taught throughout the year:
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Meet Team HAP! Team HAP helps children learn all about 3 key parts of their brain: the hippocampus, the amygdala and the pre-frontal cortex. Why not ask your child what they can remember about these parts of their brain?
Celebrate - children build self-esteem by learning all about their character strengths
Appreciate - children are supported to develop an attitude of gratitude which has a proven, positive impact on mental wellbeing
Relate - children learn to improve their listening skills so that they are better able to communicate and understand each other
Engage - children will build resilience through setting and achieving goals.
You can find out what your children have been learning and further support the development of these good mental health habits at home through the My Happy Mind parent app. The app includes videos so that you can follow along with the children's learning, audio breathing exercises, stories and fun activities that you can do together at home. Information about how to access the app has been sent via email. If you have any questions, or difficulties accessing the app, please do not hesitate to contact us in school.
Access the parent app to find out more!
Click Here : MYHAPPYMIND
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Place to be have some wonderful free resources to support you at home.
Their Parenting Smart site is filled with a number of resources for parents and carers of 4-11 year olds.
Articles include: supporting healthy gaming habits, developing a child's talent and safe social media for younger children. These can all be read or watched in under ten minutes. These are perfect for those with limited time.
Follow the 5 ways to well-being.
This will give your child long lasting skills to grow with them through adulthood to hopefully reduce the risk of them developing mental health issues.
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