We take the well-being of our school community seriously. We have added well-being units to our PSHE curriculum and have weekly circle times in class. We have a trained nurture teaching assistant to support children and their families. We also look for opportunities to support our local and wider community through events such as harvest, singing at the church and fund raising for various charities.
Understanding what affects children’s subjective well-being is vital if they are to be encouraged and supported to be active participants in society, their community and family. The evidence shows that a low level of subjective well-being is associated with a wide range of social and personal problems. These include: poor mental health, through increased depression; social isolation, through increased loneliness and likelihood of victimisation; and involvement in risky behaviours, such as running away from home and sexual exploitation.
Improving levels of subjective well-being and preventing the resulting negative outcomes will reduce the personal impact to children and their families and help ensure every child growing up in the UK has a good childhood, and positive life chances. It could also avoid the wider social and economic costs of low subjective well-being.
We have a Well-being policy and we regularly send out surveys to gauge the feelings of our pupils and parents. Please view the policy and survey results below;
- With everything that is going on now and our mental health being challenged, we thought this might be useful. This was shared by Boris MacKey the Community Outreach Manager of rehab 4 addiction who runs a helpline for those experiencing addiction and mental health issues.
You may learn about his organisation here: https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/our-team
Rehab 4 Addiction is a free addiction helpline run by people who’ve beaten addiction in their own lives.
- Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL) have a resources page which contains some useful mental health resource leaflets. Please click here to visit their website
- BBC Bite size has links to various well-being articles. Please click here to visit their ‘Parents’ Toolkit’ Page.
- The Public Health Agency has produced a booklet to help with our wellbeing – “Take 5 steps to wellbeing: looking after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic”. Please have a look by clicking here.
- The NHS have a website with expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Please have a look by clicking here.
Baldock Library have a borrowing box with a range of mindfulness titles to help you with meditation techniques, to help combat stress and develop a sense of appreciation, gratitude and contentment.
These titles are recommended:
Mindfulness for Kids by J. Robin Albertson-Wren and Carole P. Roman
Mindfulness for kids offers fun activities for kids ages 6 to 12 to stay cool, happy, and present with mindfulness