At Rushcroft Primary School, social, cultural, moral and emotional learning is at the very heart of what we do and who we are. The study of self, community, being safe and being healthy are threaded through the different subject areas and continually explored, modelled and referred to in our wider school experiences. Personal, social and emotional learning is not simply about making children good citizens; it is about developing a sound decision-making power through understanding, tolerance and respect of the changing world around us and the relationships that we make.
Building healthy relationships and nourishing mental health and wellbeing is a key driver in a healthy and happy school community. Through our well-being approach to education, we talk about feelings and emotions from the moment children enter foundation stage and help pupils build strategies to manage their own mental health. We encourage the children to narrate their own feelings and emotions and relate these to actions and how these change the dynamics of a relationship. This dialogue is key in equipping the children with good emotional literacy and building understanding around mental health.
We recognise and value that promoting wellbeing is a holistic approach, to ensure that wellbeing is embedded throughout our school we follow the eight principles to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools.
1. Leadership and management
2. Ethos and environment
3. Curriculum teaching and learning
4. Targeted support
5. Working with parents/ carers
6. Identifying need and monitoring impact
7. Staff development
8. Student voice
We teach the children to turn their emotions
We teach the children that they are in control of their behaviour and give them strategies to support their emotional wellbeing.
Links to External Specialist Agencies...
Useful links for anyone who needs support for their own wellbeing or the wellbeing of others...
Samaritans (helpline providing assistance for anyone struggling/distressed)
www.samaritans.org Freephone 24/7: 116123
Papyrus (helpline for young people)
Call: 0800 068 41 41 or text: 0778 620 9697 (Mon-Fri 10:00am-10:00pm, Weekends 2:00pm-10:00pm)
Calm (charity aiming to help men’s mental health)
Call: 0800 58 58 58 (5:00pm-midnight every day)
Switchboard (lgbt+ advice and mental health hotline)
Call: 0300 330 0630 (10:00am-10:00pm everyday)
7 Cups of Tea (online counselling service)
Be Mindful (for mindfulness/meditation/calming tools)
Anxiety UK (for help, resources and information on anxiety)
Student Listeners (Cranbrook School’s student peer listening service)
Family Lives (support forum advice for parents)
0808 800 222www.familylives.org.uk
Kooth children and young adults free online counselling service
B-eat youth helpline 0808 801 0711
Childline 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
Apps to assist with children's mindfulness...
Mindshift App – Teens & Young Adults
Rise up & Recover
Smiling Mind – 7 years and up
SuperBetter – all ages