Health & Wellbeing
Priors Hall is proud to hold a TaMHS (Targeted Mental Health Support) bronze accreditation, which means we have been recognised for our good practice in promoting and delivering interventions for children’s mental health.
We have a team of staff trained as Mental Health First Aiders who understand mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing. We are confident to step in to reassure and support children if needed.
Here is just a selection of the support and opportunities we provide:
- A mental health team dedicated to monitoring and progressing the support within our school.
- A Pastoral TA who is on hand to further support our pupils’ social, emotional and mental health on a day-to-day basis.
- Daily wellbeing check-ins (for all pupils, in every class) using progressive vocabulary to aid emotional literacy.
- The ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ are used as a tool for improving wellbeing.
- Pupils are listened to; they can self-refer themselves for a check-in with the Pastoral TA.
- Weekly mindfulness sessions enable children to learn techniques for regulation, which they can then use at any point in their life.
- Drawing and Talking: a one-to-one person-centred intervention to support children who are experiencing social, emotional or mental health barriers.
- Our curriculum, particularly PSHE & RSE, ensures we teach children how to be healthy and safe.
- We support mental health awareness days/weeks.
- Children take responsibility – all Year 6 children are trained Mental Health Champions so they can help themselves as well as others. They also take the role of ‘lunchtime champions’ to help other children when out of the classroom.
Our Approach to Wellbeing
Across our school, there is a focus on wellbeing and developing emotional literacy; we weave wellbeing into our everyday routine.
On a daily basis, during both morning and afternoon registration we do a ‘one word check-in’ where children respond to their name with a word to describe how they are feeling. Adults then take time to talk privately to any children needing further support with the emotion they have expressed. We encourage progressive vocabulary so children are building their awareness and broadening their emotional literacy.
Pastoral Support/The Spot
We are proud to have a pastoral teaching assistant (Mrs Haycock-Hall) who is dedicated to further supporting the wellbeing of our pupils. The Spot is our wellbeing hub: a calm, safe and supportive environment to provide pastoral support in. Pupils can self-refer to The Spot using a check-in slip and then Mrs Haycock-Hall will take the time to talk to them about their feelings.
Transition times such as coming into school and then lunch times can cause heightened emotions. To address this, we offer a calm start and calm lunch. Calm start helps children to enter the building in a relaxed manner, see some familiar faces and have some breakfast. Calm lunch is offered to all year groups, children come away from the lunch hall and eat in a smaller room with calming music on.
Our curriculum provides rich opportunities for pupils to gain knowledge and skills in the field of health and wellbeing. The majority of curriculum subjects have health and wellbeing intertwined into their programmes of study and PSHE has a stand-alone unit:
PSHE lessons have full curriculum coverage across five topics: family and relationships, safety and the changing body, citizenship, economic wellbeing and a full unit dedicated to health and wellbeing.
- In KS1 children will explore many aspects such as personal qualities, strategies to manage feelings, the impact of sleep and relaxation on wellbeing and people in the community who keep us healthy.
- In Year 3 and 4, children move on to understanding healthy lifestyles through physical activity and a balanced diet, exploring identify through groups we belong to and learning how our strengths can help others.
- In Year 5 and 6, children learn to take greater responsibility for sleep, sun safety, healthy eating and managing feelings.