At The Spinney Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our children and colleagues. We know that everyone experiences challenges at different times in their life and this can reduce resilience and make us feel more vulnerable. Any one of us may need additional emotional support occasionally.
Our school culture is one that promotes community and cohesion and we positively promote the idea that everyone in our school community should be able to identify at least one person that they can trust to speak to when times get difficult. These are called Trusted Adults or Trusted Colleagues respectively for either children or staff. At The Spinney we take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
Our curriculum is designed to support children's well-being, development of relationships and good mental health through a range of lessons and positive experiences including MindUp, Random Acts of Kindness, PSHCE, Wild Wood, Dialogic Literary Gatherings, PE & Sports and Educational Visits.
From time to time children and colleagues may require different levels of levels of support:
Universal Support - Through our school ethos and our broad and balanced curriculum of activities including those listed above we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils
Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences we offer additional support for example special time on a regular basis to talk with a supportive member of staff (This will be discussed with parents and the child)
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support, there are specific resources and targeted interventions including e.g. wellbeing groups or personal mentors. Where more specialist support is required the school will sign-post to additional services e.g. the G.P. or CAMH