Introduction

At Alexander McLeod it is our vision that all children are entitled to develop to their fullest potential academically, socially, emotionally and into healthy well beings, enabling each child to grow in confidence and be able to fully participate in everything that goes on in the wider community with confidence. It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood.

 The department for Education recognises that, in order to help their pupils succeed: schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.

 “Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organization 2014)

 At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every child, parent / carer and staff. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches focused on identified vulnerable pupils and families.

Well Being Support

At Alexander McLeod we offer support for children’s mental health and emotional well- being in these ways:

  • Weekly Circle Times in class.
  • Daily Mindfulness sessions.
  • Daily Mile.
  • Flexible Curriculum to respond to what is relevant for the children.
  • Focus on PSHE and Values in the curriculum.
  • Nurturing classrooms where adults model resilience and how to overcome challenges and children feel that that they have someone to go to if they need to talk.
  • High focus on the 'Healthy Schools' agenda ( currently we are 'gold')
  • Wide range of extra-curriculum activities both within break times and after school.
  • Kagan approach to collaborative working.
  • Access to animals (rabbits)
  • Transition to secondary school programmes.
  • Specific intervention by one of the Pastoral Support teams e.g. growth mindset, resilience, or managing anger (responsive to the need of the child).
  • 'Informal' support for the child and their family by Mrs Johnson ( Family Engagement Office).
  • Parent sessions run by CAHMS.
  • Multi-agency support for the child and their family through Early help referrals, TACs or PSPs.
  • Referral to 'Draw and Talk'
  • Referral to the Art Therapist (Sue Morrow).
  • Referral to CAHMS