Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Canon Burrows CE Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of our pupils and staff. Unfortunately, there seems to be an increase in pressures on our young children and how exposed many of them are to factors that may compromise their mental and emotional wellbeing as they develop. It is important that pupils learn that mental and emotional wellbeing is a normal part of life in the same way that physical health is and they know how and where to get help during times that they may need additional support.
We believe that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play. Having a positive mental health is the ability to face life’s challenges with confidence, to manage them effectively, being responsive to the emotions of one’s self and others and to learn from these experiences. As part of our provision for effective mental and emotional health we aim to achieve the following:
Universal Support: We aim to meet the needs of all our pupils through our Christian ethos and school values, our curriculum and our wider curriculum. We are proud to be a 'My Happy Mind' school which is taught alongside our PSHE curriculum. We believe in teaching the science and then embedding habits around mental wellbeing in a fun and positive way. Rather than focussing on the ‘issues’ or challenges overtly we take a preventative approach by giving children the understanding and tools to cope when times get hard. Research shows that preventative approaches are both more accessible for children and are more likely to lead to lasting change. The programme is taught across the whole school and is taught weekly, ensuring that regular directed time is devoted to developing mental wellbeing. You can find out more about the programme here: http://myhappymind.org/aboutandapproach/ You can also download a free parents app so that you can learn more about what your child is learning about in school and use the happy breathing exercises at home. https://www.learn.myhappymind.org/mhm-parents-engwales-signup
Additional support: We provide additional to pupils who have short term and long term wellbeing and emotional needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement. We also provide more targeted support for pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors. This support can be provided by class teachers, our teaching assistants, our Learning Mentor or dedicated inclusion team. We have staff trained to use various programmes and skills, including: Youth Mental Health First Aid, supporting children who have been affected by bereavement, Draw and Talk therapies and strategies, Zones of Regulation and My Big Book full of feelings. We work closely with parents and carers to support their children with their mental health and wellbeing and are able to access a wide range of services to support with this, including but not limited to, Learning Support Advisors, specialist teachers or support services, therapists and Child and Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Furthermore, we have access to a specialist teacher, who supports with social, emotional and mental health and who is able to offer a wide range of interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Digital Safeguarding: At Canon Burrows CE, we believe that online safety (digital safeguarding) is an essential element of safeguarding children and adults in the digital world, when using technology such as computers, mobile phones or games consoles. Internet and information communication technologies are an important part of everyday life so children must be supported to be able to learn how to develop strategies to manage and respond to risk so they can be empowered to build resilience online. Bullying (including cyberbullying) has a negative and often lasting impact on mental wellbeing so we believe it is important that pupils learn how to recognise and display respectful behaviour online and the importance of keeping personal information private. We also teach about the benefits of rationing time spent online, the risks of excessive time spent on electronic devices and why social media, some computer games and online gaming, for example, are age restricted. If pupils do have concerns, they can always use our online reporting tool to get support.
Anti-bullying: We believe that everyone has the same rights of freedom from all forms of harassment. We start from the principle that bullying is absolutely unacceptable. Children are encouraged to treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves. We wish to assure victims of bullying that there a clear procedure at Canon Burrows that addresses issues immediately, whilst helping the bully to see the error of their ways. The strategy is positive rather than corrective; it seeks to raise awareness of issues involved in harassment, and is based on trust between staff and pupils. A copy of our school policy can be found in the policy section of our website.
Physical Education: At Canon Burrows CE, we aim to provide high quality physical education and school sport to all pupils so as to develop their confidence and skills across a wide range of physical activities. Regular physical activity is so important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We strongly believe that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Physical activity is one of the key methods of mental relaxation that can help prevent and relieve the build-up of stress and anxiety. Through our physical education lessons, pupils are taught about the importance of building regular exercise into daily and weekly routines and how to achieve this; the risks associated with an inactive lifestyle and opportunities to connect with their peers through developing their personal and social skills. By offering a diverse range of physical activities our aim is to promote lifelong participation in sport so that students can benefit from all that it entails.
Extra curriculum activities: Our extracurricular sport programme is an extension of our curriculum. It provides a platform for students to:
- Develop their skills and confidence further in selected activities
- Develop their social skills through working as part of a team
- Maintain an active healthy lifestyle
- Improve their physical and mental wellbeing through regular physical activity.
- Expand their horizons through new experiences.
Further guidance: Please see the links below for further support.
Tameside Directory of services – includes information on local and national groups and services both for children and adults, and some useful apps. Includes links for: mental health services; youth services and activities; services and groups for children with additional needs and their families; parenting support; housing and financial support and health services.
Young Minds: Parents A to Z Guide gives advice on how to help your child with their feelings and behaviour, as well as mental health conditions and life events. They also show you where you can get help
List of children’s books (see link below) – a useful list of children’s books on different aspects of happiness and wellbeing such as friendships, family stress, happiness, grief, anxiety and mindfulness.