Wellbeing at St Thomas' 2021-22
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.
|Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing Policy 2021||[pdf 848KB]|
Well-Being Provision at St. Thomas’ Leesfield
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.
For our staff (adults) we:
- Support eachother daily, informally
- Share ideas, planning, resources in school and with other schools (DLP/Saddleworth & Lees Collaborative)
- Have ‘coaching’ available from our own trained staff
- Planned staff wellbeing activities
- Meals together and also with the children
- Social time together
- Pay It Forward
- Christmas Dinner celebrations & Secret Santa
- Birthday celebrations – milestone years!
- Through our payroll provider Supply Cover Scheme (SAS) access to a huge range of preventative therapies including counselling, physiotherapy etc
- Through our LA Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) access to counsellors/support network and other professionals
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]|
Mental Health and Wellbeing
The last year has been extra stressful, especially if you’re a parent. It's normal and entirely understandable if you're feeling overwhelmed frustrated, worried or exhausted about the situation.
You might be finding it harder than ever at the moment to know how to best look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as your own. If you’re struggling, you are not alone. Here are some resources that can really help. Please click on the picture link.