We are currently working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This award will show that as a school we support the wellbeing of everyone involved in school including staff, pupils, and parents/carers. This means as a school we are actively trying to make the school a happier place for everyone to be.
Please click here to view our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.
Children around school are aware that the following adults within school are our well-being champions should they need to speak to someone. However, if a child does not feel comfortable talking to one of the champions they can speak to any member of staff within school.
- Mrs P Northcott
- Mr C Murphy
- Mrs S Gilyeat
- Miss A Forster
- Miss B Lockett
Our most recent well-being buddies in school are Phoebe, Kieren, Amelia, Lean, Amealia and Lily.
Each half term the class teacher nominates a child from their class to take on the role of well-being buddy. This child makes sure that the rest of the children in the class are okay and is there for the other children to talk.
At Dean Bank Primary School, we actively support the wellbeing of all of our children. All staff are well versed and trained in listening techniques so that any child will feel heard and safe. We also run specific groups and interventions such as Connecting with Children (also known as Listening Matters) and a LEGO based intervention. The Connecting with Children programme aims to boost children’s confidence and self esteem by giving them 1 to 1 time with an adult and allowing them to express themselves in their own way. The LEGO based intervention aims to help children with confidence as well their communication skills by having children work together in a small group with an aim to build a given LEGO model following the instructions.
We also take part in Team Up, which is a programme from Go Well, former Sedgefield SSP, that blends the positive powers of physical activity and mental wellbeing techniques to improve the lives of all involved. Both staff and pupils have been involved with this. Children learn about the ‘Brainy Bunch’ who are a collection of characters representing brain chemicals such as endorphin, serotonin and cortisol. As a school, we are dedicated to providing our pupils with a variety of tools to stay happy and healthy so they can achieve their potential and Team Up is a great programme to support this.
Find out more about Team Up here: https://teamupkids.org.uk/
Mental Health Support Team
We are pleased to share that we are now part of a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) which is attached to our Education Setting. The MHST offer early help to children and young people who are struggling with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as anxiety and/or low mood. We have attached a leaflet that explains the role of the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) within the team and the support they can offer.
As well as working directly with children and young people the team offer advice and guidance to staff members, parents and other professionals.
If you feel your child would benefit from support from the MHST or you would like additional information about the team please contact Mr Murphy (Mental Health Lead).
If you find all of these scary to use or full of too much information we are always here. Please come speak to us and we will listen to you!