At The Deans Primary School, we are committed to both supporting the emotional wellbeing of all of our school community and providing strategies to promote positive well-being life skills.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. We recognise that anyone, at any time, can struggle with their emotional needs. This could be because of a life experience, or simply just because. Anyone may need additional emotional support.
Our Aims are to:
- help children to better understand their emotions and feelings
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they are important / count
- encourage children to be confident and celebrate their own uniqueness
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
- Help children identify what affects their mental health;
- Teach children how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues
- Tell children where they can go if they need help or support.
5 Steps to Wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. At The Deans we have incorporated each of these steps into one day a week so that pupils can build upon these healthy habits. On those days, at least one specific activity will take place that focuses on that particular step. Many of these activities are ideas that came from the children.
5 Steps to Wellbeing
Mental health and wellbeing is embedded throughout our curriculum, through our use of the P4C (Philosophy for Children) method and our comprehensive PHSE and RSE curriculums that link to other subject areas throughout our childrens’ time at The Deans.
Looking after our mental health is so important and complex that it cannot simply be achieved in one lesson a week; it needs to be intrinsic in every day school life. Therefore, in addition to our designated PSHE, RSE and P4C lessons we promote learning about mental and emotional wellbeing through
- Making explicit links to previous learning
- Praise linked to specific actions or learning…
Mental Health First Aid
In addition to our day-to-day provision, a number of our staff are also trained as Mental Health First Aiders, meaning they are able to identify potential pupils who would benefit from additional support at a very early stage, and are properly equipped to help any pupils, or staff, “in crisis” or struggling at all with their mental health, and direct them to additional external support where needed, including liaising with the appropriate external partners such as CAMHS.