Wellbeing and Mental Health

St John Fisher: Our Vision

At St John Fisher, we strive to create a school community where children and adults achieve their full potential and SHINE!  We will achieve this through engagement, high expectations and by treating all with respect and dignity.

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health- supporting our children

School support for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health- Children
Level of support Children who receive this level Content/ examples of strategies

Level 1- In school support

All year around

All children

PHSCE –Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education. This is a key element of our curriculum and is delivered to children by Mrs Fillingham (Learning Mentor) and the class teachers.

There is a clear strand which teaches children about their mental health and emotional wellbeing at an appropriate level

Learning Powers- these are used to teach children how to learn, be resilient and create good ‘learning habits’. They form part of our positive behaviour strategy.

Level 2- In school support

May be for a short, focused period or may be longer term

Children who have been identified by school, home or other agencies as benefiting from more targeted support

Nurture Groups

Friendship activities

Recognising emotions in self and others

One-to-one sessions with Learning Mentor to focus on particular area to develop (may be one off or part of a longer series of sessions)

Behaviour support plan

RAMP (Reducing Anxiety Management Plan- completed between school and home)

Teach strategies to build resilience and enable children to access learning and friendships successfully

Level 3- Outside agencies

May be for a short, focused period or may be longer term

Children who have been identified by school, home or other agencies as benefiting from more targeted support

Educational Psychologist

Butterflies (counselling service)

CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

Behaviour Support Team

 

Supporting our Parents/ Carers

School support for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health- Parent/ Carers
  What we offer:

For all of our parents/ carers all of the time

Wellbeing Café- half termly with a focus on particular aspect of emotional wellbeing and mental health as well as an opportunity to meet with other parents/ carers and school staff informally

Family Learning courses (variety of topics)

Regular updates on Dojo/ Twitter (ie focus for PHSCE that week in school/ Wellbeing ‘Tip of the Week’ for families)

Regular slot on newsletter

Useful links for parents on website

For our parents/ carers with concerns about their child

Open door for you to raise your concerns/ worries with either:

·       Child’s class teacher

·       Learning Mentor – Mrs Fillingham

·       Headteacher- Mrs Forrest

Signposting to useful information/ agencies of required

A plan to support your child in school or through other agencies

Follow up phone calls/ meetings to discuss progress

A robust system to monitor your child’s wellbeing within school

For our parents/ carers with concerns about their own wellbeing or mental health

An open door for you to share your worries in school.

A non-judgemental listening ear

Information/ signposting to practical advice

Enable you to access support if you wish

Parental course/ learning opportunities

We are always aiming to improve the way in which we support our parents/ carers. If you have any suggestions about what else you feel may support you, please do contact Mrs Forrest or Mrs Fillingham 477 8590

 

PHSCE

We have developed a scheme of work for PHSCE (Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education) which is delivered by our Learning Mentor, Mrs Fillingham.  The scheme covers areas such as healthy eating, keeping physically healthy, friendships and emotions, mental health and wellbeing.  Please contact school if you would like further information about this.

Physical Health

Our Health Champions share with us their reasons for taking on the role and their ideas for how to encourage us all to lead healthier lifestyles.

Healthy Tuck Shop

Since taking on their role, The Health Champions have set up a Healthy Tuck Shop where everyone in school can buy a healthy snack (priced at 20p) every break time. Some of the snacks sold are: water, fruit, crackers, rice cakes, breadsticks, malt loaf, cheese, melba toast, raisins.  

Junior Chefs

Alistair Gill from Knowsley Schools for Health, trained the Health Champions to become Junior Chefs. The children: learned to chop and cut fruit and vegetables safely using the claw and bridge methods, studied the sugar content of various sweets and drinks (which shocked us all) and looked at the benefits to our hearts of taking regular exercise.

We made healthy strawberry and banana smoothies with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  The children cut the fruit using the bridge and claw safety methods for chopping.   We all all tasted the smoothies and most enjoyed them!

Healthy Packed Lunches

The Health Champions have rewarded children with stickers for those with healthy lunch boxes and raffle tickets were awarded to children for making healthy swaps, for example swapping a cake for a piece of fruit or sugary drinks for water.  Children having hot dinners have were also rewarded for having fruit or salad with their meal.

Keeping Fit Role Models

Our School Council and Health Champions had an amazing opportunity to meet accomplished Olympic Gymnast, Beth Tweddle.  The children had an opportunity to interview Beth and find out  a little bit about her.  Beth said that it was her dad who inspired her to take up gymnastics at the age of 7.  Beth talked to the children about the benefits of maintaining healthy lifestyles and said that when she performed in competitions she felt that she had accomplished the goal that she had set for herself.   Beth listened to the children’s achievements and said that they should be proud of their accomplishments.  Beth let the children into a secret that when she was a young girl she was a little bit naughty and it was when she signed up for gymnastics she discovered that the routine and training were good for her and felt that Gymnastics was what she was meant to do in life.

Useful Links

Below are some links which may be useful to parents when discussing health and wellbeing at home.