According to the World Health Organisation: 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.
At Saint Wulstan’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. 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.
At Saint Wulstan’s we:
Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of children, staff with a relevant role include:
Mrs Savage: Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Warnett: Vice Principal and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Tasker: Vice Principal and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Mound: Designated Safe Speak Lead
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.
Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions.
We have a designated Mental Health and Well-Being Lead in school that is responsible for promoting wellbeing for our staff and pupils (Mrs Mound).
We have a Well-being Team made up of the following staff: Mrs Savage, Mrs Warnett, Mrs Tasker, Mrs Mound, Mrs Freitas and Mr Tasker.
In school we have worry boxes for pupils to share their worries with a safe adult.
We have nominated school council members in each class to represent their peers and gain feedback in class assemblies.
We have year group email addresses all teaching staff so parents can email concerns or worries.
We have move up days, extra transition sessions and meet the teacher sessions for when a pupil is finding a class move difficult.
We have a lunchtime drop ins for pupils to be able to chat/share their worries with an adult.
We have Key Stage 2 children as jumping jacks to support younger children in positive play.
We have mental health and well-being trained staff in order to support pupils with their needs.
We have positive behaviour systems in place to promote positive social behaviour.
We have mental health and well-being assemblies to promote resilience and self-management.
We have a PSHE curriculum that helps pupils to build important life skills, such as learning to learn, habits of mind and the growth mindset.
Our ethos is to promote supporting the development of skills and character traits such as perseverance, compassion and teamwork.
We have a Mental Health and Well-being Policy for our school which is regularly updated.
We include World Mental Health Day and Children’s Mental Health Week in the school calendar and plan activities for the whole school.
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