Emotional Health and Well-Being
Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization)
We recognise that children's physical and emotional health and wellbeing is fundamental and also believe that for children to thrive within our diverse community, their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development should be fostered and supported. earning in Health and Wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which they need now and in the future.
Healthy Schools The School has received accreditation as a Healthy School, (the assessment of which encompasses physical, social and emotional health and wellbeing).
Physical Education All classes do weekly PE lessons which are designed to be active, creative and fun.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) provides a context for supporting children's wellbeing through teaching and learning.
Philosophy 4 Children Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue.
Behaviour Management The use of Restorative Practice by all staff ensures that children feel listened to and that they have a chance to give their side of things even when they are in the wrong. Children are encouraged to take responsibility and to be part of the fixing process in matters of their behaviour. When things are not going well we think it’s important that children are able to talk about it.
A wide range of music, drama and performing arts shows, activities and workshops offer opportunities for self expression in many different ways.
Where to get information and support For support on specific mental health needs
Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk
OCD UK www.ocduk.org
Depression Alliance www.depressoinalliance.org
Eating Disorders www.b-eat.co.uk and www.inourhands.com
National Self-Harm Network www.nshn.co.uk www.selfharm.co.uk
Suicidal thoughts Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org
Mental Health www.youngminds.org.uk champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing www.mind.org.uk advice and support on mental health problems www.minded.org.uk (e-learning)
Mental Health www.time-to-change.org.uk tackles the stigma of mental health www.rethink.org challenges attitudes towards mental health
Other Resources for further support