At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every child, parents / carers and staff. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialized, targeted approaches aimed at identified vulnerable pupils and families.  In addition to promoting positive mental health and well-being, we aim to recognize and respond to needs as they arise. As a school we recognize that by developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for children affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health. ​Well-being is actively supported through the sports curriculum, healthy eating, personal and social education and onsite health.

Termly we have Well-Being afternoons where children utilize self-regulating activities to help them cope with their mental health in a positive way. During these afternoon children engage in healthy exercises such as meditation, yoga and mindfulness coloring. They use the acronym F.R.E.D (Food, Rest, Exercise, Devices) and celebrate their strengths.

Weekly, the children take part in PSHE lessons where they learn to develop social and emotional skills to recognize the world around them and understand how structures such as school, work, home and social environments can vary. Children get the opportunity to understand their whole-selves and potentials that they possess. Personal and social education encourages children to recognize their friends as well as vital emotional well-being support that surround them. The subject tackles social issues effectively through raising awareness and helping to prepare our children as they become young adults.

To ensure this is embedded in our practice we have daily activities which are selected from our well-being menu: skipping, going on a walk to get some fresh air, running, yoga, a quick warm-up exercise routine to be able to just take a moment to break free of routines and structure in the day and practice self-care. By committing to a whole school approach on well-being, all classroom teachers have their own unique approach in ensuring the welfare of their pupils, whether it be maintaining a mood scale, breathing exercises in between lessons or meeting with individual pupils who may need a break to talk out their stresses, mental health is at the forefront of learning.

Wellbeing is not just important to children but to all of us. For success of pupils in the school, it is vital that parents/carers and staff recognize wellbeing as a fundamental achievement in life.

We are aware that the past few months have felt really challenging for lots of families, and as a result, it is really common for children to be experiencing some of the following challenges:
• Worries – for example worries about leaving the house, returning to school and being separated from their parent/caregiver
• Behaviour difficulties – for example not listening to instructions, rudeness and acting out
Lots of parents are also feeling more worried than usual and are unsure about how to manage some of these challenges. This is understandable and, if you are experiencing any of the above, The Emotional Wellbeing Service may be able to help!
The Emotional Wellbeing Service is a team of practitioners who are usually based in school, and they offer support to parents of primary school children. Over summer, the Emotional Wellbeing Service are offering virtual 1:1 sessions, workshops and groups. Please read the attached flyer for more information and if you would like to enquire further about this, you can submit the attached referral form to them directly during the school holidays – InfoMertonWP@swlstg.nhs.uk

Additionally, The South West London Commissioning Group has created a website with Guidance and advice for children, young people, parents, carers and teachers. Please have a look at it, there are a wealth of resources including transition back to school.

Emotional wellbeing: COVID-19 resource hub


EWP Primary School app form self referral summer 2020

merton Primary school parents poster – summer 2020 self referral

https://www.howareyoufeeling.org.uk/coronavirus-resources

The Anna Freud team have put together a useful resource for families to support the EHWB of pupils over the summer:
The Self-care-Summer Primary resource is full of fun activities designed to help children look after their mental health and wellbeing while enjoying themselves. It also signposts them and their families to additional support if they need it.

https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/selfcaresummer-primary-pack/

Emotional Wellbeing Trailblazer Newsletter_Issue 2 Oct_Nov 2019

https://www.good-thinking.uk

BaP – Merton St Thomas

EPEC Parent impact and experience