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We have now achieved the Well-being Award for Schools. This award shows that as a school we support the wellbeing of everyone involved in school including staff, pupils, and parents/carers. This means as a school we are actively trying to make the school a happier place for everyone to be.
Please click here to view our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.
Children around school are aware that the following adults within school are our well-being champions should they need to speak to someone. However, if a child does not feel comfortable talking to one of the champions they can speak to any member of staff within school.
- Mrs P Northcott
- Mr C Murphy
- Mrs S Gilyeat
- Miss A Forster
- Miss B Lockett
Dean Bank Peer Mentors
In school we now have Dean Bank Peer Mentors, who have renamed themselves ‘The Helping Hands’. These are the following children: Kieren, Brayden, Chloe, Courtney, Dean, Theo, Bella and Harlie. Their main roles/responsibilities are to look out for their peers making sure they are ok, offer support and advice, set up activities at break/lunchtimes, monitor our new well-being caravan and areas of the playground. They have showed great commitment to their role so far and as a school we think they are going to do a brilliant job!
At Dean Bank Primary School, we actively support the wellbeing of all of our children. All staff are well versed and trained in listening techniques so that any child will feel heard and safe. We also run specific groups and interventions such as Connecting with Children (also known as Listening Matters) and a LEGO based intervention. The Connecting with Children programme aims to boost children’s confidence and self esteem by giving them 1 to 1 time with an adult and allowing them to express themselves in their own way. The LEGO based intervention aims to help children with confidence as well their communication skills by having children work together in a small group with an aim to build a given LEGO model following the instructions.
In every classroom there is a worry box. All children know where this box is and know they can write down any worries they have. Class teachers will monitor this and speak to the child/children concerned’. ‘Recently, we have introduced ‘Handle With Care’. This is available for parents to use via Class Dojo if they need to let us know that their child/children are going through a hard time and may need a little extra support. Parents can message Miss Lockett ‘Handle With Care’ and she won’t ask any questions, she will just check up on their child throughout the day.
Mental Health Support Team
We are pleased to share that we are now part of a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) which is attached to our Education Setting. The MHST offer early help to children and young people who are struggling with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as anxiety and/or low mood. We have attached a leaflet that explains the role of the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) within the team and the support they can offer.
As well as working directly with children and young people the team offer advice and guidance to staff members, parents and other professionals.
If you feel your child would benefit from support from the MHST or you would like additional information about the team please contact Mr Murphy (Mental Health Lead).
If you find all of these scary to use or full of too much information we are always here. Please come speak to us and we will listen to you!
Archived Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health
You can view our Archived Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health on our website.