Mental health and wellbeing update 2019
At Broad Oak we are working hard to promote good mental health and wellbeing among our whole school community.
In the last year we have…
- Implemented a mental health policy for our whole school community, pupils and staff. This includes commitments to teach about mental health, advice on identification of common mental health issues and support available.
- Developed a common language, through assemblies and lessons, to help children to talk about their feelings and identify when they may need help with these.
- With the help of School Council, designed a mental health support hand which is displayed throughout the school to help children understand where they can go to get help.
- Taken part in the largest child mental health trial in the world! We were a pilot site for the research study and the Strategies for Safety and Wellbeing lessons have now been adopted as part of our curriculum and are being delivered to Year 4 and 5.
- Continued to build on our resilience curriculum that includes Forest Crew provision for all year groups and targeted 1 to 1 SEMH support through Rainbow Island and Wild Crew.
- Taken part in a research trial of a new emotion regulation app in Year 6.
- Engaged in Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week running yoga and mindfulness sessions across the school.
- Introduced a mindfulness colouring clubs for KS1 and KS2.
- Promoted the importance of positive mental health to parents.
- Conducted a staff wellbeing survey which has informed changes to some ways of working.
- Appointed a staff wellbeing coordinator and held regular meetings of a staff wellbeing group.
We aim to build on this success next year as we expand our knowledge and provision. If you have any comments or suggestions, we would love to hear them, please contact the school office in the first instance.