Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Aims
At Alexander First School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders; our pupils, parents and carers, staff and governors.
At our school 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.
Good mental health is fundamental to be able to thrive in life. If we are not embedding mental health teaching and learning and resources and support within our school, then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives.
We want our children to be literate and numerate with a wide knowledge and skills base. Alongside this, we want our children to develop their emotional intelligence. We take a holistic approach to each child in our care and we want to help them in every area of their development.
At School we:
• Provide learning opportunities for children through regular teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) to develop their social skills, understanding what is and what is not appropriate within relationships and how to improve relationships.
• Develop children’s sense of self, boost their self-esteem and feelings of worth and importance within the school community and beyond, into the wider world.
• Help children to develop emotional resilience and manage setbacks.
• Instil in our children the importance of helping others and to gain empathy for anyone in need.
• Teach our children practical ways they can improve their wellbeing on a daily basis, such as getting enough sleep and mindfulness techniques as simple as taking some time to notice the natural world around them.
• Understand the link between physical exercise and good mental health. Our children have a very active school life including PE, weekly football sessions, active playtimes and lots of extra-curricular sporting opportunities.
• We aim to equip our children with tools of self-awareness so that they can reflect on their own state of mental health and know what the possible next steps are if they want to improve it; instilling the idea that talking about our mental health shows strength and not weakness.
• Encourage our children to be kind to each other and gain empathy for those who are facing mental health challenges. We want our children to understand that their actions can impact other’s mental health.
• Work with our local and wider communities to make a positive contribution to charities and individuals. Projects include: the children working with residents at Longlea Nursing Home to enrich the lives of the older community and the young and carol singing at The Savill Garden and Tesco, Windsor.
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
• Celebrating mental health and wellbeing events such as ‘World Mental Health Day’ and ‘Feeling Good Week’.
• Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging for all stakeholders.
• Establishing opportunities for pupils to voice their own preferences and ideas regarding mental health and wellbeing events and enrichment within our school.
• Celebrating all achievements, academic and non-academic.
• Providing opportunities to reflect.
For more details on how we are embedding positive emotional wellbeing and good mental health into our school see the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Policy.