Mental Health and Wellbeing Including Physical well-being
At St. Paul's CE Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Schools can be a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives and offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help create a sense of belonging and community.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
* All children are valued.
* Children have a sense of belonging and feel safe.
* Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems without feeling any stigma.
*Positive mental health is promoted and valued.
* Bullying is not tolerated.
At St. Paul's we provide wellbeing areas around school for members of our school community to engage in a range of services such as Paws.b, MIND, Relax Kids or even just to have some quiet time to reflect or talk.
At St. Paul's, we regularly use the support services of the MIND charity organisation to help and support our staff and children. This is a service that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. MIND also provide workshops and assemblies on a variety of mental health issues.
Relax Kids visit St. Paul's on a Thursday to engage with a variety of children offering classes and resources in the field of relaxation to help our next generation become more resilient and teach them the tools to manage their physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
For more information about this service, please visit their website by clicking on the link below.
In the Spring term we were able to have our Daily Mile track installed around our wonderful playing field. It is 213 metres long. Therefore to walk a mile you would need to walk 7 1/2 times around the track. This is used for 15 minutes, daily by classes to reinvigorate the body both physically and mentally, stimulate the brain and fill the lungs with fresh air. It provides an opportunity for children and adults to interact together and for friends to share conversations and for those more active to race around ad try to achieve a target. The health Champions have set challenges over the year to set a distance that can be achieved collectively. Parents and families are encouraged to arrive from 8.30 a.m. to begin the day actively, and children love to finish the day before going home doing one last circuit - often with their siblings.
The track has also been used for staff to hold coaching sessions and also for the to spend time talking to individual children who may require reflection and advice relating to personal issues as they may arise from time to time.
Please see our Daily Mile plan below:
Oldham Opportunities Visit
James Kempton (Director of Opportunities and ex Chariman of Ofsted) visited St Paul's on Friday 28th June 2019. He was very impressed by the support given to pupils' well-being as the heart of everything we do. He loved the potatoes given to him and grown by our eco-club. Well done St. Paul's.
This year we welcome Mrs K Greenhalgh who will be working with many of our children who require personal social and emotional support to manage thoughts, feelings and times when they may feel worried or upset. She will also be working with the families of these children to offer additional support and to engage in activities to work with each other positively. She will be available for parental engagement upon request. Please speak to Mrs Henderson in the first instance to make an appointment. Mrs Greenhalgh will be with us for two mornings per week, but these times may be flexible upon demand and requirements.
Each half term the staff have a well-being staff meeting aimed at building team work, strengthening relationships and learning new skills.
This year we have:
- received relax kids mindfulness
- personal stress relief through trying Temple Spa products
- learnt how to made samosas from two of our Learning Support Assistants
- built a poly-tunnel together
- created Easter boxes through mindful art application
- worked together to select new reading material for our class libraries by attending Madeleine LIndley book centre
All staff have received individual coaching with Mrs Henderson to identify personal strengths and expertise and ways in which everyone can contribute by inputting personal interests to further develop the school.
Additional Support Services
Sitting Right With You - to support vi
ctims of domestic abuse.
NSPCC - to protect children from any kind of abuse.
Childline - support services for children.
NHS - Mental Health and Wellbeing support page.