At Lavendon School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers). It is important we recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health.
We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. The mental health of children and young people, adults in schools, parents and carers and the wider whole school community will impact on all areas of development, learning, achievement and experiences.
At Lavendon School, we aim to support our children in a nurturing and supportive environment where they can have positive experiences to allow them to become strong and powerful individuals. All our staff are committed to building positive relationships with children as well as acting as role models. Our school role is to ensure that children are equipped with the skills and resilience to overcome barriers, change, times of stress and know how to seek support when they need it. It is our role to ensure children learn about how to identify and maintain positive mental health, know what affects their mental health and know where to seek support if need be.
To promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers).
To support the whole school community to recognise the importance of their mental health as well as their physical health
To equip children with the skills and resilience to identify their own well-being, overcome barriers which may stop this and know how to seek support when they need it
To providing a safe, stimulating learning environment that meets the needs of all pupils so they can become strong and powerful individuals
To work in partnership with children and families to allow the community to experience positive mental health
Teaching and Learning
Children are able to reach a well-being where they are excited to come to school and can focus on their learning
Children have a high self-esteem which enables them to continue a love for learning
Maintaining mental health through Covid
During the current climate we are aware of the increased need to support children, families and staff with well-being following the Covid-19 pandemic.
In order to support this, we have implemented a Recovery Curriculum and linked this to our strategies to support mental health and behaviour. Staff are constantly monitoring children’s well-being with daily check ins using ‘Making Me’ strategies and using the strategies to support children in school to be happy and healthy.
Restorative Practice aims to ensure that children learn to build and uphold respectful, collaborative relationships that make a difference to the children’s academic achievements and well-being.
One of the most important parts of school life is to learn to work collaboratively with our peers. Inevitably children fall out and relationships can be broken. As part of our Restorative Practice in school, staff and children are encouraged to talk about any incident that has happened and discuss how this affects their feelings so that they can then restore the broken relationship, therefore teaching the children to becoming more responsible for their own actions.
We teach the children to learn from their experiences.
To read more about our restorative approach click the link below.