Brandwood Primary

Brandwood Community Wood

Life at Brandwood Primary

"This is a good school with outstanding features" Ofsted 2008

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

“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)

Article 24 – “Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality education on health and well-being so that children can stay physically and mentally healthy.”  (UNCRC – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child)

At our school we are committed to supporting and protecting the wellbeing of everyone in our school community; children, parents and carers, staff and governors. We are delighted that our efforts in a whole-school approach to wellbeing have been recognised by the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS). The award, which we achieved in May 2020, ensures mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of school life. It recognised that the wellbeing of all is the central principle of the school and the foundation on which all other developments are built upon. Strong relationships within the whole school community help support the wellbeing of all. Learners can talk confidently about different strategies to help them keep healthy, including talking about their feelings with both adults in school and their friends. 

 

Learners

Through a range of activities, supported by PSHE and relationships lessons and other aspects of the curriculum, we aim to provide our learners with a clear understanding of all aspects to keeping healthy, including mental health and wellbeing. 

 Wellbeing Activities 

A suggested activity to promote wellbeing is included as part of the weekly homework sheets. Please see some examples below: 

Deep breathing

Noticing activities

Giving activities

Staying active

Connecting with others

Wellbeing Ambassadors

Our school councillors have taken on a new and important role this year as wellbeing ambassadors. Their roles and responsibilities include:

  • Being a friendly and approachable person
  • Listening to and supporting others
  • Promoting the 5 ways to wellbeing (Connect, Take Notice, Give, Keep Learning and Be Active)
  • Leading playground games that support wellbeing, teamwork and friendship
  • Encouraging and monitoring engagement with the wellbeing homework activities
  • Sharing information about wellbeing through the school council magazine 

To see who our school councillors are this year and learn more about their role in school visit the school council page of our website

Learner Resources 

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

https://www.newhorizonholisticcentre.co.uk/

https://www.bekindtomymind.co.uk/about-us/

https://www.kooth.com/ (for 11-24 year olds)

 

Parents and Carers

Advice on supporting the mental health of your child:

https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/supporting-your-child-s-mental-health/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

/docs/Supporting_your_child_if_they_are_anxious_about_coronavirus.pdf

/docs/Supporting_your_family_with_the_five_ways_to_wellbeing.pdf 

/docs/Charities_that_offer_emotional_health_and_wellbeing_support.pdf

 

Approved NHS apps to support your mental health and wellbeing: