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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Archbishop Cranmer

C of E Primary Academy

 

At Archbishop Cranmer C of E Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and community. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that everyone has mental health, and we have a role to play in supporting this.

 

At Archbishop Cranmer we:

 

  • Provide a safe and supportive environment with clear expectations for behaviour;

  • Help our children to understand and manage their emotions and feelings;

  • Help our children to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries;

  • Help our children to form and maintain relationships;

  • Foster self-esteem and self-worth to ensure our children know that they are unique and valued by God and others;

  • Encourage children to be confident and ‘live life in all its fullness’;

  • Help our children to develop emotional resilience and aspire to be the best they can be;

  • Provide a structured approach to education about relationships, sex, health and keeping safe;

  • Ensure spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is interwoven in through all curriculum areas;

  • Support parents as partners in their child’s learning and development.

 

The Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing:

 

Recent research by the Department for Education (2019[1]) has shown that 5% of 10-15 year olds report being relatively unhappy with their lives, and that this declines as children and young people get older, with wellbeing in this area decreasing since 2009. The Mental Health Foundation[2] has shown that mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Statistics show that 70% of children who experience a mental health problem have not had support at an early age or the opportunity to build and develop their resilience. As a school, we recognise the need to ensure mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support is provided. 

 

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy describes our school’s approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. 

 

Curriculum and Nurture Provision

 

Positive wellbeing is promoted through the curriculum and all school activities. Through a carefully planned approach to PSHE, supported by our ‘HeartSmart’ scheme of work, our pupils are helped to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, and to become resilient, informed and responsible citizens. For more information on our PSHE and RSE curriculum, please click here.

 

In addition, whole school approaches such as assemblies and acts of collective worship are used to further develop pupils’ knowledge of strategies. Whole school events are held and planned by our Pupil Parliament, including Anti-Bullying Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. As an active school, we greatly value the impact of sport on pupil health and wellbeing and ensure that pupils engage in a wide range of daily physical activity, including encouraging our children to run The Daily Mile.

 

When pupils require addition support for social, emotional and/or mental health, our trained ELSA, Miss Wilkinson, provides nurture sessions that are personalised to individual needs. 

 

Where there is a need for more specialised, targeted approaches that support vulnerable children, the SENCo, Mrs Hodgson, will make a referral to an outside organisation such as the Mental Health Trailblazer support team, School Nurse or CAMHs.

 

We use EduKit Insight (Key Stage 2) and a Child Resilience Measure (Foundation and Key Stage 1) once a term to survey our pupils' wellbeing. We use the results to help action interventions and support across school.

 

If you are concerned about your child's mental health and wellbeing, or would like further information, please contact our Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, Mrs Eleanor Hodgson, via the school office.

 


[1] Department for Education, 2019. State of the Nation 2019: Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Research Report. DfE: London. 

[2] Mental Health Foundation, 2019. Mental Health Foundation [online]Mental Health Foundation: London. Available via: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people [Accessed: 22 November 2019].

The 'Sunshine Room' - Our designated nurture and intervention space

The 'Sunshine Room' - Our designated nurture and intervention space 1

Mental Health and Wellbeing  

Useful Links and Resources 

 

Please click on the bold lettering to access the website.

 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – Parent Resources 

A trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care. 

 

Young Minds

Free resources, videos, tips  in mental health and wellbeing from professionals to support parents. 

 

Action For Happiness 

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. We want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.

 

Health for Kids 

Useful website regarding health and wellbeing support. Contains useful websites such as CAMHS, Mind and NSPCC for both children and parents on separate pages, including school nurse information and phone numbers for advice. 

 

Winston’s Wish 

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, their families and the professionals who support them. 

Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity – supporting bereaved children since 1992 – and continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings. 

 

Hope Again 

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where children can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Here you will find information about our services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one. 

 

Childline – Anxiety, Stress and Panic 

Resource from Childline to help children understand and cope with anxiety, stress and worry. 

 

Notts Help Yourself – Parent FAQs 

FAQs from parents regarding mental health and anxiety.  

 

Parent Info - Health and Wellbeing 

Support and advice to parents, with contributions from the leading experts and organisations in matters related to young people and families in a digital world. 

 

Mind – Self-Care for Anxiety 

Tips for self-care which can be used when working with children suffering with anxiety. 

 

Calm - Mindfulness App and Website

"The world's happiest app" - designed to help sleep, mindfulness and relaxation. A fantastic resource.

 

 

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