At Winterslow Primary School, we take pride in our nurturing and supportive ethos, where we endeavour to ensure each and every pupil and member of staff is valued and feels safe. We embrace our role, alongside our families and the community, in contributing to the developing emotional wellbeing of our children and their learning about being healthy, from a physical and mental health perspective.
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.
“I love our PSHE lessons. We can talk about our feelings and worries. It feels good that no-one will judge us.”
“When we do wellbeing activities, it is a change of pace and less stressful.”
“When visitors come in to teach us new skills, like BMX, We might find something we are really good at that we didn’t know before.”
“Taking risks help our wellbeing; if it pays off you feel really good!”
Early intervention to identify issues and provide effective support is crucial. We endeavour to support and promote mental health and wellbeing as per the DfE’s guidance, Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools:
• Prevention: creating a safe and calm environment where mental health problems are less likely, improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school population, and equipping pupils to be resilient so that they can manage the normal stress of life effectively. This includes teaching pupils about mental wellbeing through the curriculum and reinforcing this teaching through school activities and ethos;
• Identification: recognising emerging issues as early and accurately as possible;
• Early support: helping pupils to access evidence based early support and interventions;
• Access to specialist support: working effectively with external agencies to provide swift access or referrals to specialist support and treatment.
Barnardo’s Healthy Minds Wiltshire. This website has lots of information, practical tips and advice about supporting children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.