Well-being leader: Mrs J. Bell
Well-being champions: Mrs D. Maskery, Mrs J. Oakes, Mrs A. Sherwin, Mrs D. Jones & Mrs R. Thorne
Mental Health First Aiders: Mrs J.Oakes, Mrs J.Bell, Miss R.Hickton, Mrs C.Cottis & Mrs A.Sherwin
The World Health Organisation defines wellbeing as: ‘a state of mind in which an individual is able to realise his or her own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.’
Here at Eaton Park Academy, we value the health and well-being of our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers) and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is in addition to physical health. As a school, we recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement and when developing the individual, we want to create resilient children who are able to cope, adapt and thrive in the ever-changing world around them.
At Eaton Park, we continuously promote emotional health and mental wellbeing through the following:
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is central to the curriculum across the school. PSHE assists children to cope with changes within their lives and involving their body, introduces them to a wider world and the language of choice, helps to manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.
- Growth Mindset is a key part of the whole school ethos, where children are encouraged to attempt challenges, use metacognition strategies to build on prior learning and push themselves to achieve their very best and are encouraged through the school motto of ‘Enjoy Progress Achieve to shine both within and outside of the school curriculum.
- The Computing Curriculum covers E-Safety and ambassadors for this support teaching by leading assemblies and promoting how to stay safe online and as well as online image.
- Extra-curricular activities support and develop pupils’ wellbeing, developing enjoyment and confidence
- Weekly PE lessons encouraging healthy bodies as well as minds.
- Clubs that promote mental well-being and mindfulness are being developed and children are offered targeted support to access these.
- Assemblies celebrate differences and discuss openly mental health, topics relating to this and how to support themselves and others, when to seek help etc. and enable open discussion for all alongside the knowledge that there is a network of support surrounding them.
- Healthy school eating is encouraged.
- Healthy relationship workshops are delivered by the school nurse and outside charities and are built in to the curriculum (particularly in Upper Key Stage Two).
- Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Weeks, focussing on how to stay well and incorporating yoga activities, delivered by the Children’s Yoga Foundation.
- Playgrounds accessed by children during break and lunchtimes alongside reading areas, places to play with Playground Warriors and peer support.
- Healthy cookery sessions linked to the curriculum are planned within each year group and many children access Breakfast or Cookery Club as a before or after school activity to support cooking skills as well as the nurturing element of eating together.
- Outdoor learning is used across the school and to enhance the curriculum.
- Educational visits and residential visits support outdoor learning and co-operative learning where children are supported to access their local area and work outside of the confines of the school environment.