At Short Heath Federation, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and supporting the emotional wellbeing of our pupils, their families, members of staff and governors. Our Federation motto: is
“Every day in Every way, Everyone matters.”
and so we prioritise the needs of the individual, we listen empathetically and use effective policies and procedures in order to ensure a safe and supportive environment for everyone to express their needs. In our federation, we take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play in promoting an emotionally healthy school, where adults and children can thrive – socially and emotionally as well as academically.
What is a Whole School Approach?
We have adopted a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. A whole-school approach involves all parts of the school working together and being committed. It needs partnership working between governors, senior leaders, teachers and all school staff, as well as parents, carers and the wider community.
We have adopted the eight identified principles within our federation. The policy and curriculum delivery will be tailored to promote the key aspects of improving mental wellness and wellbeing. It will focus on creating a socially, emotionally and physical rich environment where key relationships can thrive and children can feel secure in their learning.
Mental Health Strategy...
The mental and physical wellbeing of all children, their families and staff is of the upmost importance to us at Rosedale. Since March 2020, everyone has faced more challenges than ever that could potentially have a negative impact on wellbeing.
When the children returned after lockdown in 2021 we knew how scary and challenging this would seem for many children, especially returning after a second period of extended time at home. Therefore, teachers set to work on developing a recovery curriculum that would allow children to adjust back to life in school, meet academic and emotional needs and allow us all to reconnect.
If you are concerned about your child's mental wellbeing there are many places you can go to get help. In the first instance you could talk to your GP, your child's Health Visitor, teacher/nursery worker. If your child needs further support you can contact the children's services team at your local council.
NHS Children and Young Peoples Services - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/caring-for-children-and-young-people/children-and-young-peoples-services/
Young Minds – emergency contact for urgent help as well as advice for parents supporting young people. https://youngminds.org.uk/
MindEd – a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health. https://www.minded.org.uk/
Royal Collage of Psychiatrists – useful mental health information leaflets tailored for young people and parents supporting their child. https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health
We are always here to help and support our families. If you have any concerns about the mental wellbeing of your child please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by phone on 01902 368910.
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