Well-being and Mental Health at Wellfield Junior
The emotional health and well-being of all members of the Wellfield Junior’s community is fundamental to our core values: especially the values of Care and Learning. When a school promotes positive emotional health and wellbeing pupils can better understand and express their feelings. This builds their confidence and emotional resilience and therefore their capacity to learn.
We want children to
- Be effective and successful learners
- Make and sustain friendships
- Be able to promote calm, optimistic states of mind
- Deal with and resolve conflict effectively and fairly
- Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger and anxiety
- Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of the difficulties.
- Work and play cooperatively
In school we use a graduated approach to the teaching of Mental Health and Well-being.
For all children in school – All children have access to Quality First Teaching through PSHE lessons, well-being activities and events.
For some children – Some children will have an ‘in-school referral’. This would include children who may need more help with Mental Health & Well-being through accessing services available within school.
For very few children – A few children may need a referral to an outside agency for example an educational psychologist, a counsellor or CAMHS.
Emotional health and well-being cover the spectrum of activities in school and the range of educational and health/ welfare agencies who support our children. Our school is proactive in its approach and welcomes opportunities to promote emotional health and well-being through the formal and informal curriculum.
Staff use a variety of methods for ensuring sound emotional health and well-being for children. These complement and reflect the overall values of our school. Our approach includes:
- Lessons that explicitly teach about mental health and ways to promote wellbeing (including lessons from The Children’s Health Project, The Islington PSHE Scheme of work and the PSHE association)
- Promoting initiatives that raise the profile of Mental Health and Well-being eg World Children’s Mental Health Day, Well- Being Weeks, Autism Awareness week and Anti-Bullying week.