Inclusion, Mental Health, Equality and Diversity
Mental Health, Emotional Support and Well-Being
We have a whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing ensuring that positive mental health is recognised as everyone’s business and that all children and adults can access an environment that develops strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience.Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills. Additionally, good friends and encouraging words from adults are all important for helping children develop self-confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life. Children’s emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health helps them develop the resilience to cope in an ever changing world in which they life and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:
- being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
- having time and freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
- being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
- going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
- taking part in local activities
Other factors are also important, including feeling loved, trusted, understood and safe. Children who are optimistic, resilient, have some control over their lives and feel like they belong are more likely to have good mental wellbeing.
At Balby Central Primary Academy, we ensure that the mental health and well-being of both our children and the team who work with children in school is given high importance. We pride ourselves on the layered support we offer and how we work with different professionals to ensure packages are tailored and bespoke to individual need.
We have recently been accredited with Bronze status from Leeds Beckett University and we are currently working towards the next stage of the award and striving towards Gold. We were also accredited our Enhanced Award for Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives through Doncaster Public Health in the Summer Term 2020.
What do we offer?
Our Mental Health Leader is also our Equality and Diversity Champion and works closely with both the Inclusion team and our Mental Health First Aider.
Our two Thrive practitioners work across the school from Early Years to Year 6 using class thrive assessments and individual assessments to support curriculum design. Sessions are provided on a whole class level, small groups and individually to support social, emotional and mental health needs.
Our Child and Family Practitioner provides support to families with initial contact and links to our Attendance Officer and other professionals through the Early Help Team, Citizens Advice Bureau and other agencies or charities that may be able to offer support families. 1:1, group or family sessions ensure that we understand the needs of our families.
Our Learning and Welfare Mentor provides support to children through Child in Need meetings, Team around the Child and Child Protection conferences.
We work closely with Fortis Therapy to provide trauma informed support two days a week with tailored and bespoke intervention. Our Fortis Child Therapist has extensive experience working with young people helping them to understand their thoughts, feelings and actions. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14. The Fortis Team of therapists also provide support to the team with supervision, coaching, mentoring and reflective practice for team professional development.
Our Evolve Mental Health Mentor supports our Key Stage 2 children with the Project HE:Ro programme built on six areas of wellbeing, measured by our Wellbeing Compass assessment tool: physical activity, diet, sleep, emotional health, cognitive health and personal development.We see children's health as far more than physical activity with targeted mentoring and group sessions to engage children in healthy lifestylesand prepare them for secondary school.
We are proud to link with the Doncaster programme of mental health support With Me in Mind as one of the national Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) focused on early prevention and intervention; ensuring children and their families/ carers are able to access appropriate support to improve and maintain positive emotional wellbeing.
Our children and families are assessed as part of a triage system with our inclusion team to determine the best professional support to meet with their individual needs.
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Equality and Diversity
Within our school, we have an Equity and Diversity Champion who works with the Local Authority Development Group to shape the provision and wider curriculum in school.
We ensure our curriculum builds cultural capital with a wide range of experiences, development of knowledge and builds childrens understanding of the world and their local community.
A copy of the Rose Learning Trust’s policy for Equal Opportunities can be viewed via the link below.
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