Mental Health and Well-being
At Towngate Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “In order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. We aim to make our school a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience.
Year 6 'Bravery Chain' - Children's Mental Health Week
At Towngate we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better;
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries;
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships;
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count;
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’;
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks;
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support- This is delivered through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum using our Values Based Curriculum, Learning Powers, PSHE and Picture News to meet the needs of all our pupils.
Additonal support- We offer bespoke workshops for groups of children who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences.
Targeted support- Our pastoral team work closely with children and their families to offer a personalised approach to support wellbing.
Positivity Rocks designed by year 3/4
Take a look at some of the fantastic opportunitites we have offered over the last year:
- In Autumn Term, Sara Kendrick (CAMHS) joined us for a parent assembly to share wellbeing and mindfullness strategies for parents and carers. Parents and carers were offered workshops for the following areas:
- develop sleeping well;
- support for devices and social media;
- managing childhood worries;
- building emotional resilience;
- transition to high school.
- Throughout the year, we are visited by Kingsway Church who offer targeted 'Unique Identity' workshops for groups of children. These sessions require children to develop their resilience and social/emotional wellbeing strategies.
- In January 2020, we had the privilege of visiting Kingsway Church for their prayer space experience. This space enabled all the children to explore prayer, faith and questions about life and the world around them in a safe, creative and interactive way. The range of activities encouraged personal reflection on issues such as forgiveness, injustice, thankfulness, identity and stillness. These visits allowed all adults and children in school to encompass all that we believe in at our school, weaving the importance of our value based learning and British Values into the heart and essence of these visits.
- In February 2020, our school took part in Metal Health week - this years theme was 'Find Your Brave'. Children from across the academy explored what being brave may look and feel like to others and how we can support our friends, family and peers during worrying or difficult situations. The children explored the difference between physical and mental health and explored strategies they can use to calm themselves and others down and how to look after their mental health.
- Between November 18 and January 19, Year 6 had access to a unique identity workshop focussing on themes such as: identity, dreams and aspirations, anxeity, friendships, self-esteem and confidence, personal safety and risk, managing feelings and coping stategies. To conclude this unit of work, the chidlren who took part were presented with a certificate in our celebration assembly. We look forward to this experience again next year!
- To support Year 6 with their SATS and transition to high school, they have participated in a workshop alongside Future In Minds which aims to develop wellbeing in children. The children explored the importance of sleep and keeping a healthy mind alongside a healthy body. They took part in mindfullness activities to help them develop a toolkit of coping strategies.
To find out more about mental health and well-being at Towngate, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For more information for parents and carers: