How we Support Children's Mental Health & Wellbeing:
Our school values reflect all that is important in supporting and developing our children (and staff) to be mentally well. Our vision is to nurture Compassion, Creativity, Curiosity, Resilience, Kindness and Respect within our children; our curriculum, wider activities, such as School Council, links with our community are designed to develop those values within our children. It is our aim that our children are ready to leave Year 6, ready and able to make a positive difference to themselves and the world around them.
All staff are alert to children’s emotional wellbeing - it is threaded through every aspect of our school life. We aim to identify children (and families) who may be struggling and ensure additional nurture and support is offered.
We have a number of emotional health interventions on offer in school, including SERIS and ELSA support, Nurture Group and other individualised support programmes.
Children are taught to understand how to look after themselves and others through our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE), Online Safety and Health, Relationships and Sex Education curricula. We celebrate our uniqueness and our differences through special days such as ‘Express Yourself!’ and we aim to empower children’s voices and resilience through Safer Internet Day, Children’s Mental Health Day and the NSPCC’s Speak Out, Stay Safe programme and of course, our assemblies and Celebration Assembly.
If you are worried about your child’s emotional wellbeing, please contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Mahon, SENDCo via the school office. We work closely with many local agencies to provide support to children and families. In addition, there is a wealth of advice and support online:
Childline - direct contact and support for children, together with a toolbox of strategies for children who feel worried.
Cumbria Safeguarding Toolkit for Safety, Happiness and Health - Cumbria Safeguarding’s toolkit of strategies to support children and families to seek help.
The NSPCC - advice and support for children and families.
Young Minds - advice and support for children, parents and carers and professionals.