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 Wellbeing and Mental Health

On this page you will find information about how we support children's wellbeing and mental health at St Peter's. There are also resources and links to further information.

 

Coronavirus - Resources

A-Z of Wellbeing Activity:

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Coronavirus - A book for children, illustrated by Axel Sheffler

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Talking about Mental Health

The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health.

The Duchess of Cambridge

 

Looking after Children's Wellbeing and Mental Health in School

Mrs Duffy is our Designated Mental Health Lead, as part of her role as Special Educational Needs Coordinator. 
Mrs Pearson is our Pupil Mentor, and she provides additional support for children when they need it. This could be anything from meeting them when they arrival at school in the morning, checking in during break and lunch times, and a range of structured activities.
We also have a counsellor in school who works with children on a one to one basis over a period of time. If you would like more information about this, please contact Mrs Dyer or Mrs Duffy.
 
Our 'Chill Out' nurture provision lunchtime club provides a fun, quieter space for children who may be finding the lunch break difficult. Staff provide a range of activities such as mindfulness colouring, lego, puzzles and board games; playing alongside the children and encouraging friendships to grow. Chill Out club takes place in our light and spacious library, and the children love relaxing with shoes off and getting comfortable on the cushions!
All of our classes have their own worry monster! These were funded by our PTFA, and provide the opportunity for children to write down or draw a worry or something which is making them anxious, so that the monster can eat it up.
Our reflection and prayer spaces are also available for children who may wish to pray about their anxieties and ask God to help.
We use a range of tools to help us monitor the wellbeing of our pupils, including:
  • The Leuven Scales for Wellbeing and Involvement (based on the work of Professor Ferre Laevers)
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires
  • Boxall Profile

These assessments are used, alongside input from parents and carers and school staff, to help us to ensure we have appropriate support in place for children.

View document childrens_mental_health_and_wellbeing_policy_-_st_peters.pdf

View document wellbeing_and_mental_health_-_whole_school_provision_map.pdf

Our Whole School Provision Map for Wellbeing and Mental Health shows all of the levels of support that are provided at St Peter's.

 

Useful Resources for Parents and Carers

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/
Worry Jar Activity:

View document worry-jar.pdf

Wellbeing Shield Activity:

 Useful Links for School Staff