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Mental Health and Well-being (MHW)
Find details of Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) teaching at Wilby School HERE
At Wilby Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of our children, parents/carers and staff. We know that our school culture has a positive impact on well-being and we all have a role to play in ensuring that ours is a warm, welcoming and supportive school.
Key members of staff:
- Mental Health Lead: Roisin Wiseman
- Assistant Mental Health Lead: Theresa Samson
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Governor: Sophy Croskell
- ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant): Mrs Nicola Walpole
- PSHE Coordinator: Roisin Wiseman
- SENCO: Roisin Wiseman
- Designated safeguarding Lead: Roisin Wiseman
- Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead: Nick Haynes
- Safeguarding Governor: Richard Court
Our school culture is one that promotes community and social cohesion and we positively promote the idea that everyone in our school community should be able to identify at least one person that they can trust to speak to when times get difficult.
At our school we :
- help children to recognise and understand their emotions and feelings better including understanding at a basic level how the brain works
- support children/adults to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- actively promote positive relationships and a sense of community for all members of our school as this supports mental health and well being
- promote self-esteem and ensure that all members of our community know that they are talented and unique
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
- encourage all members of the community to have hobbies/take relaxation time
- To make parents/ carers and staff members aware of the channels which can be used to manage and deal with stress or work related health and well-being issues.
Our curriculum is designed to support children's well-being, development of relationships and good mental health through a range of lessons and positive experiences including ReflectED lessons which incorporate Growth Mindset teaching, our PSHE curriculum, RE, PE & Sports and Educational Visits.
Additional Support :
From time to time our children may need different levels of support:
Universal Support - Through our school ethos and our broad and balanced curriculum of activities including those listed above we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils
Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences we offer additional support, for example, special time on a regular basis to talk with a supportive member of staff (This will be discussed with parents and the child) and /or attend our Nurture –‘Time to be me’ group on Thursdays / Fridays each week, our Healthy Me group on or Lego therapy groups which are designed to raise self esteem and promote social skills.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support, there are specific resources and targeted interventions including e.g. Anxiety/ Anger management support through the School Nursing Team, Where more specialist support is required the school will sign-post to additional services e.g. the G.P. or CAMHs.
What is available nationally to support Parents and Carers with their child's MHW needs?
Links to Useful sites/ resources:
Support for Parents and Carers and staff with their own MHW needs
We are here for you too. All parents and carers are a much valued and highly respected part of the Wilby Primary School Community, and we care about your mental health and well-being too. It is vital that parents carers know how to look after themselves/know where to look for support for mental health. We also want both a healthy, motivated workforce who are able to deliver a high-standard of education to our pupils which they can only do if we support them to look after both their physical and mental health.
School is always open for you to come and discuss your own MHW needs with us, and we will always endeavour to support you in the best possible way. We work with you to do what is best for your child, and sometimes that involves taking care of you first. At Wilby we understand that everyone experiences life challenges that can make them vulnerable. At times, anyone may need additional support to maintain or develop good mental health and resilience.
We want our school to be a mentally healthy environment where parents/carers and staff:
- are recognised for their significant contribution to children and young people’s mental health
- are welcomed, included and work in partnership with schools and agencies
- are provided with opportunities where they can ask for help when needed
- are signposted to appropriate agencies for support
The following links may also be of use. They provide a wealth of information and also signpost useful mental health agencies and support groups.