Mental Health and Wellbeing
National Children's Bureau Wellbeing Award
At Blackrod Primary School, we value the importance of having positive mental health and wellbeing. We understand that emotional health and wellbeing plays a fundamental role in the lives of our pupils, staff and parents/carers. We understand poor mental health undermines educational attainment and personal achievement. We actively promote activities to support our pupils during their time at school. We understand that Mental Health is the responsibility of everyone in our school community and encourage people to talk openly around the subject.
Supporting children to recognise their own wellbeing and mental health needs is an important part of our PSHE and RSE curriculum and a foundation for their learning
Please contact school to arrange an appointment with our Pastoral Lead Mrs Wilson should you need any further support or advice
email: email@example.com or telephone 01204 333488
Well-being Award for Schools
At Blackrod Primary School, we value the health and well-being of all our students and staff. We are currently in the process of working towards the Well-being Award for Schools, administered by Award Place, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau.
We have applied to renew our award award to further develop our work to promote positive well-being and mental health for the whole school community and gain accreditation for the work we have already done. It also supports us in our developing our students to become caring, active citizens and achieve excellence.
Well-being Award Framework
There are eight objectives to achieve within the Well-being Award Framework, containing several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set out within each. The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional well-being and mental health of both staff and pupils. The award will enable us to develop these practices where necessary and help us to ensure that well-being is embedded in the long-term culture of our school. It will help us to create an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
With this award, we will demonstrate our commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of every day school life
- Improving the emotional well-being of our staff and pupils
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff
- Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
- Capturing the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues
Yoga and Relaxation Sessions
Our Wellbeing Journey
In 2018, we applied for an 'Awards For All' grant. This is a National Lottery Funded grant and we were lucky enough to receive money to support 'Wellbeing' in school.
With this money our staff have received support and training from 'CalmaClass' and are now using the 'CalmaClass' programme in school. All children throughout school are taught strategies and techniques to support them with their mental health and wellbeing.
We also work with Yoga and relaxation teachers, who provide children with tailored sessions. Many classes across school have had the opportunity to work with our Yoga and relaxation teachers and we look forward to continuing to offer sessions to our children and their families.
We also ran 'Sunflower Club.' This is a programme was designed to support children with building new friendships, improving social skills, communication and resilience. We enjoyed many craft activities, team building exercises and concluded our sessions with a outdoor trip to 'The Anderton Centre' and with party which both parents and children to attended.
Blackrod Primary School was awarded the 'Wellbeing Award' in July 2019. We continue to be committed to supporting our school community with Mental Health and Wellbeing.
About the National Children’s Bureau
For more than 50 years NCB has been making a big difference in the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. Over the last 50 years, they have developed several member groups and dedicated networks on issues such as bullying, early childhood, special educational needs and childhood bereavement. Some of their achievements include: founding the Council for Disabled Children (CDC), launching the Childhood Bereavement Network, successfully campaigning for the new national curriculum to embed financial education in both mathematics and citizenship education, so children can be taught the basic skills of how to manage money.
For further support, advice and signposts to services available, please click the links to see the following sections of our website.
Parents section - Keeping Safe
Key Information - SEND
Key Information - Safeguarding
https://gmmh.nhs.uk/bolton-camhs Children and adolescent mental health service Bolton
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/guide-to-camhs/ Children and adolescent mental health service
https://www.childline.org.uk/ Child line contact Call 0800 1111