At Barrow Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum.
Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
Lead staff members to contact if you are concerned about your child’s mental health: Mrs Woodland (SENDCO), Mrs Ashe (Headteacher) and Miss Fairweather (Deputy Headteacher).
What do we currently do for mental health and wellbeing for our pupils?
Barrow School offers pupils many opportunities to do physical activities as well as opportunities to relax which both are ways to promote wellbeing and positive mental health.
We like to celebrate our many successes together by:
The school follows the DfE guidelines for the teaching of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the following ways:
Staff coordinate interventions for pupils mental health and wellbeing such as:
We are currently living through extremely challenging times, and now perhaps more than ever, looking after our mental health and well-being is of paramount importance to us all.
What do I do if I am worried about my child's mental health or wellbeing?
For information and resources re: understanding and improving mental health and well-being, contact MIND. Tel: 0300 123 3393 https://www.mind.org.uk/
NHS Resources https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/- A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
NHS Berkshire West and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have relaunched the mental health booklet – the Little Blue Book of Sunshine: Little Blue Book of Sunshine 2020.pdf.
The book offers lots of practical and useful advice and aims to help children and young people by sharing tips on how to deal with problems, such as anxiety, stress, relationships and anger. It also includes information about where to get help when they need it.
Some useful resources that you could use at home to support your child’s mental health are below:
Advice for parents and carers: talking mental health with young people at primary school
This leaflet which was created alongside the Talking Mental Health Animation & Toolkit, features an introduction from our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge who supported the You're never too young to talk mental health campaign stating the campaign's resources "demonstrate how we can help children express their feelings, respond appropriately, and prevent small problems from snowballing into bigger ones."
Dealing with anxiety - https://tutorful.co.uk/guides/the-expert-guide-to-help-your-child-with-anxiety
Young minds parents’ survival guide - https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-survival-guide/
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - https://www.annafreud.org/parents/
Supporting the wellbeing of children has never been so important. To assist you in doing this, SSS have produced two fantastic free parental resources for you:
To watch or read about these tips, simply click on the links:
Child Mental Health & Wellbeing - 10 Top Tips for Parents
Parents' Mental Health & Wellbeing - 10 Top Tips for Parents
Young Minds Publications offers information on a variety of mental health issues from school problems to mental illness in families.
Young Minds Parents Guide To Support A-Z gives you advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing.
They also show you where you can get help: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/- Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental
health and wellbeing.
Feelings tracker: Tracking My Feelings.pdf
Anxiety thermometer: Anxiety Thermometer.pdf
Mindfulness calendar: Mindfulness Calendar Daily 5 Minute Activities.pdf
Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety - Knowing the symptoms, how to talk to and
support your child with anxiety: https://tutorful.co.uk/guides/the-expert-guide-to-
Supporting pupils’ emotional wellbeing and mental health, so that they can be
listened to, are happy together and ready to learn is vitally important to us.
Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.