Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Newbottle and Charlton CEVA Primary School we consider good mental health and wellbeing to be fundamentally important and are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all the pupils, their families and members of staff and governors. Our mission statement 'Every person matters, every moment counts' explains our vision that we are building a community where all feel safe, all supported and all cared for. We believe it is vital that all members of our school community know how to look after their mental health and support their wellbeing and that we all have a part to play in supporting each other to do this.
Mental Health is “the emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us to enjoy life and survive pain, suffering and disappointment. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our and others dignity and worth. It is influenced by our experience and our genetic inheritance. ” World Health Organisation
At our school we are:
creating shared understanding of what positive mental health and wellbeing looks like for all stakeholders
building a culture where people feel comfortable talking about mental health.
help children to understand their emotions and feelings better and learn how they can self-regulate themselves
help all stakeholders to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
help children socially to form and maintain relationships
encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
help children to develop self confidence, emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
support children with social, emotional barriers through providing specific interventions and support
We offer different levels of support for children in school:
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall curriculum opportunities, whole school initiatives and our school ethos.
We use SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) as a part of our wider PSHE curriculum and Wellbeing education. It covers the DfE’s new statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education, including non-statutory Sex Education, and the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study’s recommended learning opportunities, as well as contributing to different subject areas in the National Curriculum.
We also use the Keys To Happiness toolkit which is a evidence based programme to promote the emotional wellbeing and resilience in children.
Emotional and Self regulation- This is taught regularly in class and used throughout the school to support children in identifying and managing their own emotions. Please click here for more information on this.
Themed Weeks- These give focus on particular areas that can support children to have a positive mental health. These include supporting children's mental health online, through friendships and understanding and accepting each others differences and the diverse world we live in.
Additional support- For those who may need short term support to support their mental health and wellbeing which could include more regular check-ins with teacher or teaching assistant, specific short term intervention to support them with managing their feelings to life event i.e. bereavement.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions which could include small group or individual support. Some support includes- Lego therapy, Social stories, nurture sessions. We may get further support from external professional including child counsellors, CAMHS service, educational psychologists and TAMHS team.
We will always discuss with parents and carers if we feel your child may benefit from additional support. Sometimes problems may not present themselves in school and please don't hesitate to get in contact with us if you are concerned about your child's mental health and wellbeing.
TAMHS- Northamptonshire Targeted Mental Health in Schools is a programme for building capacity within schools through training, support and introducing new programmes and approaches to better meet the mental health needs of all children. The programme has been developed since 2009 and is run jointly by North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Services. We have been awarded the silver award
Staff Wellbeing- Newbottle and Charlton CEVA Primary School are committed to promoting positive mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and will provide suitable support for all members of staff. We regularly review our policies and procedures to reduce unnecessary workload, we have policies focussed on improving wellbeing and provide opportunities to give feedback and go on training to support staff's mental health. The ethos in our school ensures that all staff feel comfortable talking about how they are feeling.
Lead staff members for Mental Health: Peter Smith- PSHE and Senior Mental Health Lead, Hannah Smith- SENCO, Wellbeing Governor- Becky Tyler
Here you will find useful resources - these will be updated regularly.
A telephone line and online chat tool providing advice and guidance for parents, professionals and young people regarding emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.
Open 9am to 7pm - 0300 1111 022 (option 1 and option 1) www.nhft.nhs.uk/camhslive
CAMHS Connect - Consultation Line & CAMHS Live
We continue to be open from Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm each day for advice, guidance and support with concerns about emotional wellbeing and mental health for young people, their parents, carers and professionals.
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