At Little Chalfont 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.
At Little Chalfont Primary School we are Ready, Respectful and Resilient in all aspects of school life, including the consideration of our mental health:
Ready to take notice when we are finding things difficult
to accept moments of intensity and use methods of self-regulation to bounce back
to connect with those who can help
to give our time, our words and our presence to those in need
Respectful to take notice of those around us, who might be going through times of adversity
to the sensitivity of each other’s lives
to the workload of all staff, ensuring it does not become over-burdening
Resilient to keep learning
to embrace new opportunities
to be active in order to move moods
LEVELS OF SUPPORT
Universal support is used to meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all. This includes extra curricular mental health projects such as the LCPS X Games (see enrichment section) and wellbeing week in summer term.
Targeted support is for those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement. Targeted support can include mentoring from the class teacher and/or the mental health leads or enlisting the child to take part in school run projects, such as Forest School or reading with Bibi, our Therapy Dog.
Specific support is for pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups, play therapy or - if deemed appropriate by the SENDCo and after consulting with parents - a referral to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Support Team (CAMHS)
LEAD STAFF MEMBERS:
Mr Patten and Mrs West: Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Leads
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