Keeping our minds healthy and well


   

Keeping our children healthy in their minds is a vital responsibility we have and a very high priority for all adults in our school.  As a staff team we are passionate about this aspect of our children's development and recognise it as a life-long aspect of learning and understanding.

In our school we have a triadic approach to supporting our young people.

Universal

This involves our conscious efforts to ensure that all our children are and feel valued.  Our approach of unconditional positive regard is a key element of this.

Other aspects:-

  • Kind eyes
  • listening and hearing - these are 2 different concepts
  • identifying positives and achievements individually - personalised recognition
  • A personalised approach to learning
  • showing only love
  • accepting difference, not indifference
  • a school environment which recognises the individual
  • positivity at all times - a conscious effort for this
  • Heartsmart approaches. helps children regulate their behaviour / feelings and emotions and look after themselves using 5 main mantras:
  1.  Don't forget to let love in.
  2. Too much Selfie isn't healthy
  3. Don't rub it in, Rub it out!
  4. Fake is a mistake!
  5. No Way Through Isn't true!
  • My Happy Mind
  • Restorative practices
  • visual supports for understanding 
  • Allowing mistakes - accepting that we are all learning but very clear boundaries for repeated behaviours
  • headteacher drop in sessions
  • every child is welcomed into school for that personalised check in 
  • A school ethos that cements belonging to our school family 
  • High profile understanding and talk about mental wellbeing and the way people think.
  • Journalling opportunities
  • lots of cuddly toys available for cuddle time
  • daily acts of worship
  • prayer spaces around school 
  • Recognition that we are all God's children and we can all learn from and be inspired by each other regardless of age or qualification.
  • PSHCE sessions 
  • PE sessions
  • groovy movers
  • yoga

Targeted Approaches used in school 

  • thought-busting group - Type of CBT for children in groups
  • friendship development groups
  • socially speaking
  • games to support our emotions and thoughts
  • restorative practices - targeted
  • walk and talk sessions 
  • chill out sessions - ad hoc
  • safe spaces
  • prayer spaces
  • cuddly toy cuddle time
  • OASIS club 
  • Headteacher sessions drop ins
  • Online targeted activities 
  • parental support and increased contact 

Individual 

  • ELSA
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • Lego Therapy 
  • CAMHS Professional consultations 
  • Working with and referrals to outside agencies
  • detailed individualised plan of support
  • Daily check in and deconstruction time
  • calming space

 

Links to further support 

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/about-elsa-support/

 

        

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