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Mental Health and Well-Being

The welfare of all children and staff is extremely important to us at The Spires Federation, so we have developed a comprehensive Mental Health and Well Being  Framework to ensure that everyone has a voice and everyone is supported. We want everyone to feel that they are listened to and have worked hard to ensure that staff are trained to be able to do this for our pupils and for each other. We also ensure everyone is signposted to supportive networks and provision beyond the federation. 

We have a Well-Being Team across the federation, who work together with pupils to support each other. The team involve staff who are either Youth Mental Health First Aiders or Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs). The staff are already very active and are currently ensurting that all other staff are fully trained to broaden support for all. They will work with pupils who are 'Well-Being Warriors', supporting and helping each other! This team is easy to spot, from half term in the Spring, they will be wearing purple lanyards so staff, pupils and parents/carers know who they are:

 

Follow this link to access our Well-Being Framework:

Spires Federation Well-Being Framework

We work in collaboration with experts, trainers and counsellors who specialise in counselling both children and adults.  We also help children with coping methods surrounding healthy relationships, puberty, sexual education, anxiety, emotional well-being, self-esteem and self-care.

Workshops/lessons will run throughout the school year to ensure that we continue to help our children in the changing world they will face when they move on from Primary School and into later life. 

These workshops will all run in line with the PHSE curriculum, which will ensure that we can underpin key skills within these lessons. It ensures that all children are given guidance in relation to Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World and will meet the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) guidelines in September 2020. 

Well-Being Sessions

Last term, Digby trialled a range of well-being sessions for pupils. This included: mindfulness colouring, resilience building, meditation and yoga. The sessions were a real success and will be rolled out across the federation over the coming terms.

PE and Outreach Provision

Physical activity is scientifically proven to have a positive impact on mental health. As a federation, we have worked extremely hard to receive awards for our School Games Mark and commitment towards sporting activities. This is a success that only continues and is promoted through our PE lessons, playground leaders, daily mile, weekly external sporting events and our work with Carres Outreach.

 

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Please see these useful document below to find out more and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions:

What survival Looks Like at Home

Anna Freud-Mental Health

25 Ideas to teach kids resilience

Counselling for Children

 Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/school-resources/?f3=10152#listing

 Place to Be https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/schools

 Mentally Healthy Schools hub by Heads Together https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/?utm_source=place2be.org.uk&utm_medium=referral

Our Time https://ourtime.org.uk/resource/explaining-mental-illness-to-under-11s/