Mental Health & Wellbeing
At Cheadle Heath Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self motivation, independence, compassion, tolerance and understanding of others.
We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We believe positive mental health well being is all about our holistic health including physical and emotional and it is essential if children are to flourish and lead fulfilling lives.
We believe that teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing as part of a comprehensive PSHE curriculum is vital. PSHE is central to the curriculum across the whole school and assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world, manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities. The concepts covered in PSHE include keeping safe and managing risk, identity, equality, managing feelings and emotions, relationships, change, resilience and being healthy, which includes physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. We aim to promote pupils’ wellbeing through an understanding of their own and others’ emotions and the development of healthy coping strategies.
We aim to help children:
- understand their emotions and feelings better
- feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- socially to form and maintain relationships
- by promoting self esteem and ensuring that they know that they are valued
- to be confident and proud of who they are
- develop emotional resilience and learn to cope with setbacks
- access appropriate support to meet their needs
We provide different levels of support:
- Universal Support to meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum i.e. developing resilience for all.
- Additional support for those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
- Targeted support for pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing, social skills and self–regulation groups or individual support sessions.
- Online support via a recognised mental health and wellbeing provider
- Yoga and visualisation support both at home and in school
On an annual basis we train year 5 children to become Mental Health Ambassadors. They support the school community:
- at the start of the school day
- during assemblies and performances
- during playtimes and lunchtimes in Oasis
- volunteering in the local community
- creating positive posters and boosting positive mood
We have a highly experienced and trained pastoral team who are able to offer a variety of different interventions and support for both you and your children. If you are concerned about your child or someone you know, please contact school and ask to speak to Mrs Vallance (Deputy Head / SENDCO) or Mrs Geary (Assistant Head / senior mental health lead) who are the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Leads and accredited Mental Health First Aiders in school.
- Every Mind Matters
- Mentally Healthy Schools
- Dealing with anxiety
- Young Minds Parents Survival Guide
- Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families
- Family Lives - how we can help
- The Mix