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Mental Health and Wellbeing

We support children’s health and general well-being – including their safety, attendance and positive behavior.
The School takes the personal development and well-being of children very seriously. We know that children are unlikely to flourish unless they are developing positive relationships, feel safe and are adopting healthy life styles.  Please see our Mental Health and Well-being Policy and related Appendices for an explanation of how we promote emotional wellbeing/ and respond to mental health needs.
We also know that some children with SEND are particularly vulnerable when it comes to making and keeping friendships. We address many of these issues in the Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) part of our curriculum which is covered through the scheme ‘Jigsaw’. We also use circle time sessions on the social and emotional aspects of learning which are often responsive to the needs of the class. We use assemblies that also aim to address these issues as necessary. We aim to encourage all children to become resilient learners through their developing understanding of what contributes to good mental health.
We promote positive behaviour throughout school. You can read more about our approach to behaviour in our behaviour policy. We have zero tolerance of bullying and talk about all aspects of bullying in assemblies and lessons:  we have very little bullying in our School but when it does occur we work with the children involved to make sure that it does not become a long-term problem.
We provide expert help for any child who is experiencing any difficulties with behaviour or relationships from well-trained staff and other external professional, including: trained 1st aider for mental health/mental health lead, Student mentor, Named adults as ‘go person’ for identified children, CAHMS support, Educational Psychologist, school nursing team, Early Help, etc.
When a child returns to the School after a fixed-term exclusion, the Principal meets the parents and child together to agree a support plan to help her or him settle back into school and make better progress.
We have an up to date policy on how we manage medical needs and support children with medical conditions.
Children with serious medical needs have an Individual Health Care Plan, which sets out;
  • The medical condition and resulting needs, e.g. medication + treatment
  • Support for educational and emotional needs
  • Who provides support: their role and training and who needs to be aware
  • Arrangements for working with parents/carers
  • Support for long term absence
  • Support on school trips and journeys
  • Emergency procedures
When a child with medical needs is absent long-term from school we make sure we keep her or him in touch with learning and friendships wherever possible.
We support all children to attend school regularly, including through arranging home support where this is needed. Our Attendance Policy describes why and how we promote high attendance for all children.
We provide specialist support and up-to-date training for staff on child protection and other aspects of safeguarding, including protecting children from neglect and emotional harm.
All of our staff and volunteers  hold an up-to-date DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) at the necessary level.

Reference and resource booklet

Mental Health and wellbeing Appendix C Where to find out more

Suicide and bereavement support services