Emotional Support for Pupils
The emotional health of pupils is very important to us. We engage with the Emotionally Healthy Schools initiative and use the consultation drop-ins to seek support and guidance for pupils causing concern. Mrs McGuire and Mrs Vernon have both accessed training form Emotionally Healthy Schools and Mrs McGuire is a mental health first aider.
In school we support children with anxiety, introduce pupils to yoga and mindfulness techniques and raise awareness during Children's Mental Health awareness week.
As you will all be aware, many children (and adults) are struggling with anxiety at the moment due to the uncertainty of the last few years. Children's services report a huge surge in demand for support as the impact of the pandemic begins to show.
One of the main issues is separation anxiety because children don't want to leave their parents to go to school/clubs or even friends' houses. As soon as they are there, the children are fine but it might take some persuading (and some tears) to get them in!
We have been having conversations with some parents about the anxiety that they are seeing in their children and have been giving thought to what else we can do.
We have purchased a powerpoint presentation about coping strategies which is really helpful - It has been emailed to all parents but please contact school if you would like access to it.
At parents' evening on the 17th of November, we have organised for a CBT therapist to offer a drop-in clinic so that parents can ask specific questions on a 1:1 basis. More details will follow via email.
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- We have access to a service called Emotionally Healthy Schools (You can read more here and find links to other organisations too.) If you would like us to access support from them, please speak to your class team in the first instance and they will give you the necessary paperwork.
- We already have mindfulness/mental wellbeing elements built into the curriculum but staff will give more opportunity for pupils to practise the strategies during the week.
I will stress that it is a very common issue in many schools as children are reacting to the very difficult few years we have all experienced.
We are always here to listen and support (even if the issue is outside of school) - so please reach out and don't struggle in silence.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the headteacher if you would like support or advice.
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