At St Andrew's Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We understand that everyone experiences life challenges which can make us vulnerable and at times, we 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.
'It's ok to not be ok!'
At our school we:
We have also recently been selected to work with 'Tackling the Blues,' which is a collaboration between Edge Hill University, Tate Liverpool and Everton in the Community. Each week staff from Tackling The Blues, work with our staff and children, using art and physical exercise to help to support mental wellbeing.
Our Deputy Head Teacher/SENCO Mrs Dwan, is our Senior Mental Health Lead and she works together with members of our teaching and non teaching staff, parents/carers, Governors, MAT, and our Y6 Mental Wellbeing Champions, to support the mental wellbeing of our whole school community. Mrs Dwan has a background in psychology, a Post Grad Certicate in Supporting Vulnerable Learners, the NASENCO qualification, has completed Senior Mental Health Lead training with ROAR and has also completed training with our Y6 Mental Wellbeing Champions through One Goal.
All children have the option of attending Chill Out Club each day, during lunch breaks, where they can access support and take part in activities to help them to look after their mental wellbeing.
We have several staff who are trained to support bereavement, loss, family breakdown and can also deliver nurtured based curriculums. We also have good relationships with outside professionals which allow us to make quick referrals outside of school if they are needed.
there are lots of amazing resources on line to help support children's metal wellbeing:-
Many children need lots of sensory input in order to feel safe within their environment. If your child has sensory needs, a good idea is to make a sensory box for them to access whenever then need it:-
Make your own sensory box at home
Below, are some items you could use in order to give yourself some sensory time while at home. You will need some sort of box to put your things in. Just pick a few things from the list that you would like. Why not spend some time decorating it as well?
Skipping rope – You may have one of these already but you could easily make your own.
Resistance bands- you may have some of these in the house if a parent uses them for exercise.
Do you have a kaleidoscope or an hourglass for you to look at and use to calm down?
Pop a favourite book in to read.
Activity books are often relaxing- dot to dots, mazes, word searches, I Spy, etc.
Stress balls can be made out of balloons and sand or flour.
Play-doh and silly putty is very relaxing if worked in the hand.
A photo album filled with photos of family and friends can be very calming to browse through!
A small blanket made with your favourite texture.
Bubble wrap is very satisfying!
Bubbles- to encourage breathing out.
A Rubik’s cube to fiddle with.
White board/magna doodle to doodle with.
Eye mask- maybe you have a superhero mask that could be adapted?
Tissue paper to rip up. Check your parents are happy for you to this first!
Light up toys – a torch or a fairground toy.
Plastic snow globe - Acts like a calm down or sensory bottle.
Snacks with a variety of textures like crunchy pretzels or crackers, chewy dried fruit, or soft marshmallows.
Notepad to scribble your thoughts.
A CD of some calming music.