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Mental Well-being

Supporting the well-being of our children and staff is of paramount importance at Smitham.

How do we promote well-being through our curriculum?

We place a  great emphasis on the teaching of well-being. Our staff follow the 2020 RSE curriculum intentions and use a mix of resources from the 'PSHE Association' and  '1decisions' to help us deliver the curriculum. We deliver a weekly session to the children giving parents advance notice of the topics being covered, through the weekly Year Group Newsletter. 

Other ways we support good mental health

We have many other ways of keeping our children's minds healthy. Our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is timetabled to support children across the school, who have a range of emotional needs. Our Behaviour Support Worker supports children, both in class and out on the playground. We also have a School Home Support worker who supports families in a range of ways tailoring bespoke support for individual families. For further information about this support please see the School Home Support worker tab below. 

Recently we have been developing our Outdoor Provision to support the delivery of the Forest School approach. Staff from across the school are receiving training to enable this approach to be used across the school from Nursery up to Y6. 

  • How do we ensure we have a 'happy' staff?

    The leadership team are mindful of staff workload and actively seek to ensure that new initiatives and existing strategies effectively and efficiently support the teaching and learning of each child and the development of staff, without impacting adverse on workload. 

  • How do we make sure our children feel valued?

    We have seven different councils which give our children a 'voice' and a chance to represent their year group/class. The children see the value of these councils and how they have been instrumental in effecting change for example: deciding upon the resources for developing our PE provision outside, designing an historical timeline and an influential figures display to celebrate diversity.

  • How do we support our parents?

    Communication underpins our partnership with parents. Our 'open-door' approach ensures effective access to teachers and senior leaders at all times.  

    We have also developed an Anxiety Leaflet to help support parents who feel their child may be showing signs of anxiety. (A copy of this is at the bottom of the page.)

    Parent Gym: A member of school staff is trained to deliver in-house Parent Gym sessions to parents. This training covers a variety of topics such as bedtime routines, homework, sibling disputes etc. The sessions aim to encourage parents to reflect on the dynamics within the family and Parent Gym technniques that can be used to help develop a more harmonious and calmer environment. 

  • More about School Home Support

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