Here at St Joseph’s we are developing a positive ethos and culture towards a whole school approach to being a mentally healthy school. A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.
A whole-school approach also involves all parts of the school working together and being committed. It needs partnership working between senior leaders, teachers and all school staff, as well as parents, carers and the wider community, not forgetting our school council who are trained in peer support.
We work with families to ensure the whole school community is welcoming, inclusive and respectful. It means maximizing children’s learning through promoting good mental health and wellbeing across the school – through the curriculum, early support for pupils, staff-pupil relationships, leadership and a commitment from everybody.
Please use this Wellbeing page and resources to help find out about how our school supports your child’s mental health and to access resources and support for any concerns you may have about your child’s mental health.
Ms McIlroy – Deputy Headteacher/ SENCO
Mr Hughes – KS2 Teacher/SLT
Mrs Cawley—Learning Mentor
Mrs Lavender – Teaching Assistant
Mrs McCarten – KS1 teacher
We are currently working towards a Well-being award. 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
We have been encouraging all our staff and children to think about the five ways to well-being.
- Connect… With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Talk and listen, be present. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
- Be Active… Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Move your mood. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
- Take Notice… Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
- Give … Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Raise money or donate clothes to a charity. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community, can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
- Keep Learning… Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun