Mental Health & Wellbeing
At St.Botolph’s C of E Primary School our aim is to care for and develop the whole child educationally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and physically. As well as caring for their education we also care for their mental health and wellbeing and feel that it is essential to provide children with information to enable them to make life long, well informed decisions about their diet and health.
LOOKING AFTER OUR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
What do we do at St.Botolph’s Primary School to support children’s emotional well-being and mental health?
St.Botolph’s Primary School is committed to creating a happy, caring and supportive environment. We also aim to provide a positive, supportive and inclusive ethos where children can thrive.
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is central to the curriculum across the whole school. We have recently adopted the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme ready to begin in September 2019. PSHE assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world, manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities. The concepts covered in PSHE include identity, managing feelings and emotions, relationships, change, resilience and being healthy, which includes physical, emotional and social well-being.
- Family and mental well-being lead We are fortunate to have our own lead Nicola Robe working with us for two days a week. She is a consistent factor in school working closely with parents, children and staff. Nicola supports children who have had or are having adverse childhood experiences such as domestic violence, bereavement, anxiety and any other life experiences that may affect their emotional well-being. She is a fully trained ELSA who will offer regular 1:1 or small group support. Nicola also has good links with outside agencies making contact as and when the need arises. Nicola also has a basic counselling skills qualification but for more difficult cases she can directly refer children to our trained counsellor.
- As a school, we have and continue to access additional outside help and support for pupils when required.
- Within the National Curriculum, every child has a minimum of two hours of physical education each week. Some PE lessons are taught by our Specialist PE Lead, Adam Vasey, who also organises afterschool sports activities. Many of our KS2 pupils have attended at least one sport-related after-school club, and many take part in inter-school sporting competitions.
- We promote healthy eating throughout the school. Children in FS/Key Stage One have access to fruit and there is a fruit tuck shop available for our older children each day. Each age phase has garden areas to look after. They grow a range of fruit and vegetables using knowledge and observations from work in science lessons to help.
- To support children’s social and emotional development, and their well-being we offer a good range of after-school clubs throughout the year - all with a view to increasing the range of experiences that children have, enabling them to make informed choices for adult life. Activities are designed to be fun and cater for a wide variety of interests.
- We include a ‘Healthy Me’ Week in the school calendar each year and plan activities for the whole school community. We also focus on other key areas during the year such as Internet Safety and Keeping Safe.
- We monitor the well-being of our disadvantaged and vulnerable children. We have dedicated PP Champions and Intervention leads who regularly work with individuals and groups and work hard to build positive relationships with parents.
- The school is committed to gaining a fuller understanding of mental health and supporting the needs of identified children. We are currently working hard towards achieving the national Wellbeing Award.
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