Emotional support for children
We want children to be happy. Our core value of acceptance within a Christian community beholds us to ensure that we do our best to help children who, for whatever reason, are in an unhappy place. Of course, teachers and support staff will look after children emotionally on a day to day basis but on top of this basic support the school provides opportunities for all children to be listened to.
The school uses the SUMO (Stop, Understand and Move On) programme to help children to understand their emotions and how to manage them. Assemblies and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) lessons are based on the six different SUMO themes which address managing sadness and anger, developing positive attitudes, and working towards their personal goals.
When a child is facing a particular emotional challenge - parental divorce, bereavement, family illness, being new to the school or perhaps having friendship problems in the playground – then we offer individual support from Mrs Lesley Edwards, our Learning Mentor. Lesley is able to have individual sessions with children to give them a place to talk. This process relies very much on the involvement and support of parents.
We also have support from the Shropshire Public Health Nursing Service. You can contact the team on 0333 358 3654 to discuss any issues or concerns you may have regarding your child, such as sleep problems, bed wetting, etc. During your child’s first term at school he/she will be offered a health check, comprising of a measurement of height and weight and a hearing test, which is carried out by this team.
Public Health England launches
Every Mind Matters campaign
Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.
The new advice available on the Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities, including Young Minds, The Mix, Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them, and also provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing. The site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.