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What is wellbeing and why is it so important?
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that “in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Here at Southmead Primary School we embrace a whole school approach where all staff value and recognise the need to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in every child and adult.
We place great importance on developing the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. The skills needed throughout life can be taught and learnt at any age; all aspects of a child and young person’s experience in and out of school, contribute to their personal and social development and, as a school, we feel that it is essential that we share this role with parents, carers and families.
Staff with key responsibilities for wellbeing:
Ms Parry (Headteacher) – Mental Health First Aider
Mrs Dempsey (Safeguarding lead)– Mental Health First Aider
Miss O’Neill – PSHCE Lead
Mrs Parsons – SENCO
Mrs Joseph – PE Lead
Mrs Macarty – ELSA (Learning Mentor)
Miss Keeble – Healthy Schools
Southmead Primary School has a multifaceted, proactive approach to supporting our children and their families, including:
- A team of trained Safeguarding Leads and two Safeguarding Governors;
A specialist, well-being room with a large library of resources;
- One-to-one teaching assistants who support specific, emotionally vulnerable children;
- Pupil Premium Advocates who enable teachers to meet with Pupil Premium children each week;
- PSHCE Scheme that promotes a thoughtful and ‘can do’ approach to wellbeing and the curriculum;
- Whole school assembly themes to promote and support SEMH (Social Emotional Mental Health);
- Personal and social education lessons and circle time sessions in all year groups;
- Annual workshops, events and assemblies run by NSPCC and other outside agencies;
- An invitation-only Lunchtime Nurture Club run by the ELSA;
- Drop in lunchtime groups run by the Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead
- A comprehensive range of health and sporting activities across the curriculum and in after-school clubs.
All of the staff at Southmead Primary School play a fundamental role in the wellbeing of our pupils and their families.
How do we provide wellbeing support at Southmead Primary School?
• The Wellbeing Team help to co-ordinate wellbeing activities and resources accessible for both pupils and staff.
• Family support is offered in school to parents/carers through one-to-one meetings/referrals/access to appropriate courses and external support. We have a highly skilled fulltime Safeguarding Officer as well as a fulltime ELSA.
• Our aim is to help signposting pupils and families to appropriate support, agencies and professionals outside of school if needed and where appropriate.
• Wellbeing information is shared, where appropriate, to relevant members of staff weekly.
• Individual work and group interventions for pupils around issues such as:
• Designated spaces that act as a sanctuary for pupils that offer them a safe environment where they can talk about their worries or concerns.
• All staff are kept up to date with training such as mental health, safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children.
• Year 5 and 6 pupils are trained ‘Peer Leaders’ and support their peers during morning and lunchtime breaks.
We are also extremely mindful of the wellbeing of all our staff who work at Southmead. We understand that stressed and anxious staff do not get the best out of their pupils and with this in mind we offer a variety of strategies to help our staff be healthy, in mind, body and spirit.
For more information about any support offered in school, please contact the school office.