Welcome to the Wellbeing Page for Parents
The Mental Health and Well-being Lead for our School is Miss Mills
Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self-motivation, independence, compassion, tolerance and understanding of others.
At The Howard Primary School, we support the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We have a supportive and caring ethos model of respect and kindness, where everyone is valued.
At our school, we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
We promote a mentally healthy environment through: -
- Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
- Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
- Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
- Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- Providing opportunities to reflect
- Access to appropriate support that meets their needs.
- Having access to outdoor environments provides stress relief, removes children from classroom norms and increases serotonin levels.
- Promote healthy eating and healthy food choices in partnership with Phunky Foods
- Promote healthy lifestyles through a range of sports and by being active throughout the school day. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on our mood.
Adults as well as children need to look after their emotional wellbeing. Please find activities as below for families to complete together.
Positive Mental Wellbeing
Promotion of positive mental well being
The school offers pupils many opportunities to do physical and relaxing activities to promote positive wellbeing: -
- Play time and Dinner time games to play outside, including the trim trail
- Library open each lunch to borrow books to read
- Daily Mile
- Themed Days
- Charity Days
- Summer and Christmas Fairs
- Residential visits
- Educational day visits
- After school clubs
- Forest School and outdoor learning
The school likes to celebrate the many successes that our children achieve: -
- School Blogs to celebrate what is taking place.
- Good to be Green all-day
- Displaying pupil’s work
- Achievement Award Assembly each week
- Half-term Head Teacher Award
- Random Act of Kindness Awards
- School newsletter to celebrate what has taken place
Teaching about Mental Health and Wellbeing
The school follows the DfE guidelines for the teaching of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the following ways: -
- Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) scheme of work
- Relax Kids
- Mindful Movement
- Assemblies and theme days.
Assessment Process of Pupil Wellbeing
- The school uses the Pyramid of Need to identify the need for well-being in our pupils.
- Identified pupils complete the 'Signs of Safety' and 'Well Being 3 Houses' sheet
- House of Good Things
- House of Dreams
- House of Worries.
Pupil Well-being Resources
- Staff RAG rate their pupils: -
- Red - will have specific support from the Inclusion Team and/or outside agencies such as: -
- Action for Children
- School Educational Psychologist
- School Nurse
- Family Support Worker
- Amber - staff may provide short-term intervention within a group from a member of the Inclusion Team.
- Green - continue to have a quality first teaching of the curriculum described above.
Interventions to support mental wellbeing
Staff from the Inclusion Team and outside agencies provide appropriate interventions for pupils’ mental health and wellbeing: -
- Draw and Talk Therapy
- Resilience training
- Self-esteem individual and group activities
- Bereavement Counselling
- Lego therapy
Mental Health Concern for Your Child
The school values the support of parents by working in partnership with them to support their child. If parents have a mental health concern about their child, they are most welcome to discuss this with Miss Mills the Mental Health Lead.
Mental Health Concern for Yourself
If parents have a mental health concern about themselves, they are most welcome to discuss this with Miss Mills the Mental Health Lead who can signpost you to support agencies.