The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health, Wellbeing & Workload


At The Spinney Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our children and colleagues. We know that our school culture has a positive impact on wellbeing and we all have a role to play in ensuring that ours is a warm, welcoming and supportive school. We take a salutogenic approach to wellbeing and the Wheel of Wellbeing which is displayed around the school is a good model of how positive action such as taking a walk in nature or meeting a friend for a coffee can have a very positive impact on our emotions and how we feel. We also recognise however, that everyone experiences challenges at different times in their life, especially in the context of COVID19, and this can reduce resilience and make us feel more vulnerable. Any one of us may need additional emotional support occasionally. When this happens we encourage everyone in our school community to reach out to connect with a friend and share concerns. Where additional support is needed we would direct colleagues to the Education Support Partnership. We also know that Workload can have an impact on well-being and the school has a Workload Charter that can be viewed at the end of this page.


Our school culture is one that promotes community and social 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 start of every year pupils draw around their hands to identify at least one adult in the school community that they can speak to if they need some help. We encourage colleagues to also identify who their Trusted Colleagues are also. 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:


  • help children to recognise and understand their emotions and feelings better including understanding at a basic level how the brain works                          
  • support children to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • actively promote positive relationships and a sense of community as this supports mental health and well being ("Well-Belonging" Dr. Robert Loe)
  • provide opportunities through our curriculum for the development of pro-social skills, teaching children how to form, manage and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they are talented and unique
  • encourage children to be confident and to develop a sense of agency
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 


Our Curriculum


Our curriculum is designed to support children's wellbeing, 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.


Additional Support


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