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.
At Our School We
We Offer Different Levels Of Support
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum e.g. through the 6Rs and learning dispositions. The vast majority of our support staff members have been trained in an accredited Mindfulness course – ‘Calm Minds, Calm Spaces’ – and they use the techniques they have acquired on a daily basis.
Additional Support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences, such as bereavement.
Targeted Support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions, such access to our school counsellor within a wellbeing group or 1:1 sessions.
Key Staff In School:
Kerrie White – Acting Head of School and Mental Health First Aider
Claire Eastman - Well-being in Education Link Leader
Clara Bushell - Well-being in Education Assistant
Jade Frearson - Forest School Practitioner (In training)
Sarah George - SENDCo
Naazim Patel – PSHE/Wellbeing lead for children and Mental Health First Aider
Karen Gutteridge – Parent Liaison Officer
Pathway To Support
Each term teachers assess the children, who appear on the school’s Well Being Trackers, in 4 key areas:
Teachers use the Leuven Scales to assess the children. All DSL’s in school meet in a ‘Nurture Panel Meeting’ to discuss the children and any actions for them and their family.
The package of support, used at Highcliffe, implements and acknowledges the process of assess – plan – do – review to ensure that all children feel happy, safe and secure.
A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.
At Highcliffe we take bullying seriously and we are very proud of the extremely low levels we have of bullying.
Bullying can be defined as an abuse of power by one or more through repeated hurtful or aggressive behaviour to cause significant emotional or physical harm to another person.
Children are encouraged to tell adults about their concerns if they feel they are being bullied and we have strategies for working with children who are involved in bullying. If you have concerns as a parent please be encouraged to speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.
We define bullying as: Several Times On Purpose
We encourage pupils to: Start Telling Other People
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