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‘Learning, Caring and Achieving Together’
‘Learning, Caring and Achieving Together’

Wellbeing & Growth Mindset

What does Mental Health and Wellbeing look like at Stamfordham?

 

At Stamfordham Primary School we support the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We have a supportive and caring ethos model of respect and kindness, where each individual is valued. Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self motivation, independence, compassion, tolerance and understanding of others.

 

At our school 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.  

We take a scaffolded approach, modelling skills throughout the structure of the school, curriculum and policies to ensure children are mentally well and healthy. Mental health & well-being is part of the DNA of Stamfordham Primary school. 

 

Promotion of positive MHWB at Stamfordham yes

  • Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
  • Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
  • Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements 
  • Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • Promoting equality- Reducing stigma of Mental Health by 'celebrating diversity and having a sense of cultural belonging'
  • All children have opportunities and changes to the environment to support them.
  • Creating an emotionally secure environment, 'Friends Resilience' displays
  • Ensuring there are warm and emotionally available adults to create relationships with children based on trust and care.
  • Providing a bank of 'Friends Resilience' skills and strategies for children to use for their own MHWB
  • Providing quieter areas within school for children to take time and support wellbeing 'Wellbeing Nook'.
  • Providing opportunities to reflect
  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs. 
  • Wellbeing Groups
  • Library open each week to borrow books to read
  • Themed & Charity Days 
  • Community summer and Christmas Fairs
  • Residential visits & Educational day visits 
  • Enriching after school clubs
  • Sporting opportunities

 

Key aspects of growth mindset at Stamfordham Primary School:

  • We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from them;
  • We never give up – perseverance is the key if we are to succeed;
  • We learn from each other;
  • We don’t compare ourselves with others;
  • We challenge ourselves and take risks;
  • We remember that our brains are making new connections and growing all the time.

Wellbeing around school

 

 

We love to celebrate success! laugh

The school likes to celebrate the many successes that are children achieve:- 

 

  • Website to celebrate what is taking place. 
  • Displaying pupil’s work
  • Achievement Award Assembly each week with Jellybean and Kindness Certificates
  • Sports personality of the week
  • Half term Simon Richards Award
  • Friends Resilience Interactive Displays
  • Dojo points
  • Weekly school newsletter to celebrate what has taken place

Wellbeing Group

'Wellbeing in wellies' with Mrs Forsyth 

 

Our wellbeing group offer opportunities for children to come along and spend some quiet time planting in the garden and taking care of the school grounds to promote wellbeing around the school yes

Friends Resilience

FRIENDS is resilience intervention programme proven to reduce anxiety and depression and promote positive mental health for children and young people. Based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), FRIENDS has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as the only evidence based programme effective in reducing anxiety as a universal and targeted intervention and is further recommended by the UK Department of Education.

 

The Programmes have also been shown to improve peer relationships and positive attitudes towards learning and the school environment generally.

 

What does “FRIENDS” stand for?

FRIENDS is an acronym that helps children remember the strategies taught that can be used to effectively manage anxiety:

F = FEELINGS (empathy and self-regulation)
R = REMEMBER TO RELAX (relaxation & mindfulness strategies)
I = I CAN DO IT! I CAN TRY MY BEST! (changing red thoughts into green thoughts)
E = EXPLORE SOLUTIONS & CREATE COPING STEP PLANS (choosing thumbs up actions)
N = NOW REWARD YOURSELF! You did your best! (choosing interpersonal rewards)
D = DON'T FORGET TO PRACTISE (choose to use the FRIENDS skills & help others)
S = SMILE, STAY CALM AND SUPPORT (values based role models and support networks)

 

Specific skills that are taught are based on the following principles:

  • Our body is our FRIEND, and tells us when we are feeling worried by giving us clues so that we can choose to think helpful thoughts and practise thumbs up choices.
  • We are FRIENDS to ourselves when we choose positive, helpful thoughts and thumbs up actions such as relaxation and mindfulness strategies
  • It is important to learn to be our own FRIEND and reward ourselves when we try our best.
  • It is important to think of our FRIENDS and values based role models/support networks when we are making choices about our thumbs up actions

 

All our school staff are trained in Friends Resilience and are now a Licensed Partner; we rolled out delivery of the Programme after the return from the first lockdown in 2020 and we continue to see superb results!

 

FRIENDS is a fundamental part of our school values and ethos, PHSCE curriculum and behaviour policy. 

Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 

Growing Togetherlaugh

 

From 7th-13th February 2022 Stamfordham took part in Children’s Mental Health Week This year’s theme is Growing Together and we explored the different ways that we can grow, and help others to do so too. Children explored the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas to help us grow.

 

 

Coping strategies we use in school

Time to Talk Sessions:

Our next 'Time to talk' date for parents and carers will be take place on the 14th of July. Individual sessions will be 10 minutes long and can be made anytime between 4.30pm-5.30pm. Please email the office with your preferred time and the office will get back to you to confirm your time.

After every storm.. comes a rainbow! 

External Support

Our children's welfare is extremely important to us at Stamfordham Primary so we are working in collaboration with experts, trainers and counsellors at BeYou, a North East organisation which specialises in supporting and counselling both children and adults.  They also help children with coping methods surrounding healthy relationships, puberty, sexual education, anxiety, emotional well-being, self-esteem and self-care. 

 

Please speak to Miss Snowball (Mental health & well-being lead) or any other adult you know and feel comfortable with, if you would like any more information or any support in contacting services at home or in school.

 

Services and Websites 

Every Mind Matters

Public Health England’s new mental health campaign to support children and young people and their parents and carers: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

 

Place2Be

https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/services-for-schools/mental-health-resources-for-schools/coronavirus-wellbeing-activity-ideas-for-schools/ 

 

Stop, Breathe, Think

My life- app available with a version for children and one for adults: https://my.life/

 

FRIENDS

Friends Resilience App found in Apple App Store. This app supports all strategies and techniques used within Stamfordham to support children with their mental health.

 

 

Further support organisations

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/gingerbread-for-single-parents/?page=1&IssuePageId=1301

https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/school-resources/find-your-feet-transition-tips-for-parents/

http://www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/family-and-friends/parents

https://www.autismhelp.info/primary-years

https://www.mencap.org.uk/

https://www.rarechromo.org/

https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/

http://www.supportingminds.com/

http://www.think2speak.com/  

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