Supporting your child’s wellbeing:
At Bishop Aldhelm’s we promote the wellbeing of the children, families and staff in our care. The following steps are just some of the ways that we try to develop the positive wellbeing of our children:
- Daily 10 minute reflection time in all classes after lunch. This time is used to practise mindfulness and relaxation strategies.
- Full time Family Outreach Worker and Pastoral Care Worker who work individually with children as well as with groups, using personalised approaches (including Lego and art).
- Our Family Outreach Worker works closely with families to support with difficulties at home.
- We teach children to identify and name their emotions.
- We encourage children to verbalise how they are feeling and how to find solutions.
- In Year 6 we have trained Peer Mediators who offer support to other children at play times and lunch times.
- In Year 6 we have trained Zone Parc Leaders who offer support with playing at lunch times.
- We have an open door policy- do come and speak to us if you are concerned in any way about your child’s wellbeing.
- We offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs from sports to languages and musical theatre.
- As a school we have close links with a range of outside agencies to provide a joined up approach to supporting children.
- Our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum focuses on a range of emotional and social situations.
- Throughout the year we arrange workshops led by outside professionals for year groups including: staying safe, e-safety, friendships and self-esteem.
- Every term we hold Inclusion Day presentations for parents/carers- previous sessions have focused on children’s emotional health and social skills.
- We have Guinea Pigs that are used for a variety of sessions including calming and teaching care.
The following websites offer advice and resources to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing:
Offers free online and on the phone support and advice at any time. 0800 1111
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
In January 2018, staff at Bishop Aldhelm’s Primary received training by The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. This excellent training offered a number of strategies that can be used to support the wellbeing of children and staff.
The Trust aims to:
- Equip young people to look after their mental well being
- Help people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others so they know when to seek help
- Ensure expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it
- The webpage has a number of free downloads available to parents to support their children’s mental health.
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. MindEd is suitable for all adults working with, or caring for, infants, children or teenagers; all the information provided is quality assured by experts, useful, and easy to understand. We aim to give adults who care for, or work with, young people:
- the knowledge to support their wellbeing
- the understanding to identify a child at risk of a mental health condition
- the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help
Where’s Your Head At?
'Where's Your Head At?' is split into four different zones for children Kids Zone, teenagers, parents, carers and professionals. The site provides helpful information and advice about young people's mental health and emotional well-being.
Supporting your own wellbeing:
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Steps 2 Wellbeing
The Steps to Wellbeing Service is a free, confidential, NHS service for to people aged 18+. They provide a service across the county of Dorset and in Southampton for people registered at either a Dorset or Southampton GP surgery. As an IAPT service they accept self-referrals by web and telephone.
They offer a range treatments for people experiencing problems with low mood/depression, anxiety, stress or other common mental health problems.