Mental Health and Well Being
Everyone knows that well-being is very important to all humans. It influences the way in which individuals cope with key life events such as stress, trauma and physical ill-health. When people look after their mental health and develop coping skills, it can help them boost their resilience, self esteem and confidence. At our school we want all children, parents/carers, staff and governors to be mentally and physically well.
Lead staff members to contact if you are concerned about your child’s mental health:
Miss Scrivens (Headteacher/ Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs Shepherd (Family Liaison Worker/Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
Miss Gee (Assistant Head Teacher/ Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
Miss Russell (SENDCo)
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Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:
- being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
- having time and the freedom to play both indoors and outdoors
- being part of a family
- going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
- taking part in local activities for young people.
Other factors are also important, including:
- feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
- being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
- being hopeful and optimistic
- being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
- accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
- having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
- feeling they have some control over their own life
- having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.
Good mental health among children and young people
When children and young people have good levels of wellbeing it helps them to:
- learn and explore the world
- feel, express and manage positive and negative emotions
- form and maintain good relationships with others
- cope with, and manage, change, setbacks and uncertainty
- develop and thrive.
When children and young people look after their mental health and develop their coping skills it can help them to boost their resilience, self-esteem and confidence. It can also help them learn to manage their emotions, feel calm, and engage positively with their education - which can, in turn, improve their academic attainment.
What happens in school?
The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our pupils to keep themselves mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental PSHE and RSE curriculums. The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we’re teaching but we will also use the Jigsaw PSHE scheme to ensure that we teach mental health and emotional wellbeing issues in a safe and sensitive manner.
For more information please see the PSHE/RSE section of the school website.
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