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
- Leadership and management - That supports and champions efforts to promote emotional health and wellbeing.
- Ethos and environment - that promotes respect and values diversity.
- Curriculum teaching and learning - to promote resilience and support social and emotional learning.
- Targeted support - and appropriate referral.
- Working with parents/ carers.
- Identifying need and monitoring impact of interventions.
- Staff development - to support their own wellbeing and that of students.
- Enabling student voice to influence decisions.
|Wellbeing Whole School Approach||[pdf 753KB]|
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.
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
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
‘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
Pastoral support – Learning Mentor formalised slots
Pastoral/family liaison – learning mentor
Outside agencies – MASH Team
Consultants – QEST, Education Psychologist
EHCP – SENco
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
Counselling – ‘Off The Record’ (Thursdays all day)
Referrals to CAHMs/Healthy Young Minds
Emotional Literacy 1:1 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
|St Thomas' Well-Being Provision 2018-19||[pdf 88KB]|