Mental Health and Well-Being
Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop their ability to be Ready, Responsible, and Respectful.
At St. Wulstan's, we support the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff. We have a supportive and caring ethos model of respect and kindness, where each individual is valued.
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 a mentally healthy environment through:
Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
Providing opportunities to reflect
Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH
St. Wulstan's offers pupils many opportunities to do physical activities as well as opportunities to relax which both are ways to promote wellbeing and positive mental health.
- Lunch games to play outside
- Library to borrow books to read
- Outside reading area
- Friendship bench
- Active learning
- Nurture Provision - The Beehive Room
- Home Learning Projects
- Themed days
- Charity days
- Christmas Fayres
- Residential visits
- Educational day visits
- After school clubs
We like to celebrate our many successes together by:
- Posting celebrations on Twitter and Facebook and in our weekly school newsletters to celebrate what is taking place
- Displaying pupil’s work
- Celebration Assembly each week
- Class Assemblies
TEACHING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
The school follows the DfE guidelines for the teaching of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the following ways:
- Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) scheme of work
- Come and See, RE Curriculum
- Active Learning
- Lancashire PE Scheme of Work
- Assemblies and theme days
Assessment Process of Pupil Wellbeing
At St. Wulstan's, we consider Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to identify the need of wellbeing for our pupils. All staff complete termly SDQs and use these to assess how children are feeling and how well they engage with their learning, using a RAG rating system:
- RED - these children will be a priority for support and will be discussed in greater depth with the Pastoral Team which may lead to involvement of outside agencies such as the school nurse, Children and Family Well Being, ELCAS, Child Action North West, ADHD NorthWest, Home Start, HARV, further support from within school and discussion with parents or carers if appropriate
- AMBER - staff may provide short term intervention within a group for a period of 6 weeks
- Green - continue to have quality first teaching of the curriculum described above.
Interventions to support Mental Health and Wellbeing
Staff from the Nuture and SEND Team co-ordinate interventions for pupils mental health and wellbeing such as:
- Drawing and Talking Therapy
- Self-esteem individual and group activities
- Bereavement Counselling
- Lego therapy
MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS
We value the support of parents and carers by working in partnership with them to support the children. Any parents with a concern around their child's mental health should contact Miss Hadfield, Wendy Schofield or Miss Hussain to discuss ways we can work together to support the child.
For parents and carers
Any parents with mental health concerns for themselves are most welcome to discuss this with Miss Hadfield or Wendy Schofield in confidence. They can then signpost to support agencies and offer practical advice in the short term.
Any member of staff can contact either Miss Hadfield (or any other senior leader within school) for support and signposting. Alternatively, anyone working within schools can contact the Educational Support Partnership on https://www.educationsupport.org.uk
Emotional literacy resources for children:
More free resources for children also available by clicking on this link ELSA (Emotional Literacy)
Wiltshire children's wellbeing activity pack - from Barnardo's