Wellbeing at St Thomas'

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.  With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.  Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.

Eight principles to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools

  1. Leadership and management - That supports and champions efforts to promote emotional health and wellbeing.
  2. Ethos and environment - that promotes respect and values diversity.
  3. Curriculum teaching and learning - to promote resilience and support social and emotional learning.
  4. Targeted support - and appropriate referral.
  5. Working with parents/ carers.
  6. Identifying need and monitoring impact of interventions.
  7. Staff development - to support their own wellbeing and that of students.
  8. Enabling student voice to influence decisions.

File icon: pdf Wellbeing Whole School Approach [pdf 753KB] Click to download

Oldham Council Resources and Support

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File icon: pdf Supporting Young Minds Through Tough Times [pdf 6MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Self Assessment Check List [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Graduated Response [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Key Partners and Quality Assurance Booklet - January 2019 [pdf 892KB] Click to download

Our Wellbeing Programme at St Thomas'





Adjustments, interventions and support accessible to all children.

Stage 1 – support and interventions delivered using the school’s resources and led by a staff member.

Stage 2 – as above but including the support of external professional through consultation.

Support and interventions for children who have more complex and enduring emotional or mental health needs.

Christian Values

Wednesday morning running club (before school)

First Reflection Area (outside Learning Mentor’s office)

Reflection Room (next to Y2)

Reflection Area in the Sparkle Room (annexe – Rec/Y1)

Wednesday Celebration assemblies (parents welcome)

Star/House Point charts and Certificates

School Council

Ethos Group

Eco Committee

X2 weekly PE sessions (see VB Co-ordinator file)

Lunchtime Clubs (see ES for provision/timetables)

Commando Joe sessions

Class Worry Wellies and suggestion Socks

Visitor assemblies – Olympians/Childline&NS PCC

Always Badges

‘You’ve Been Spotted’ prize draw

Always Always treats

Attendance and Punctuality prizes

End of year Awards/Book Tokens

End of Year trophies/plaques – Y6

Planners for clear communication between home & School

Meet and Greet

Social Stories

Pastoral support – Learning Mentor formalised slots

Pastoral/family liaison – learning mentor

Health professionals

Outside agencies – MASH Team

Consultants – QEST, Education Psychologist


Focused Behaviour Management Always rules – 3

Attendance Panel meetings

Home visits – Learning mentor

BB groups – Faster Graspers & Catch-up groups

Time for Me and You

Emotional Literacy

Lego Therapy

Counselling – ‘Off The Record’ (Thursdays all day)

Referrals to CAHMs/Healthy Young Minds

Emotional Literacy 1:1 support

Pastoral/Family Support

Referrals to Early Help Teams

Attendance at Core Group meetings/CIN/CP plus acting on objectives

Outside agencies - QEST, Education Psychologist, Social Workers/Family Liaison Officers

File icon: pdf St Thomas' Well-Being Provision 2018-19 [pdf 88KB] Click to download