We have a three-tiered graduated approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing here at Our Lady and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary Schools.
Every child benefits from whole class ‘Wellbeing’ sessions and for this, we use a mix of approaches including yoga, meditation, mindfulness, healthy living, therapeutic stories, problem solving, exploring feelings and emotions.
At the core of each of these approaches is the importance of giving children an emotional vocabulary, the time and space to listen and reflect on how they feel and a set of tools to help them move to a more positive set of feelings when sadness, frustration, anger, loneliness, grief are experienced.
Other ways we promote health and wellbeing in school include:
a Designated Mental Health Lead, Mrs Goodfellow and Deputy Designated Mental Health Lead, Miss Foster;
a team of trained Youth Mental Health First Aiders;
all staff trained in Understanding Mental Health
a specialist, wellbeing room, The Nest;
a specially-trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA);
a professional counsellor, who runs one-to-one sessions with specific children;
whole school assembly themes to promote and support SEMH;
worry boxes and slips around the school for children to easily request support from a trusted adult;
circle time sessions in all year groups;
annual workshop sessions with 'The Education Life Bus'
annual workshops, events and assemblies run by NSPCC staff;
a comprehensive range of health and sporting activities across the curriculum and in after-school clubs.