At SRG we adopt a whole-school approach to improve learners’ attendance, foster an atmosphere that is conducive for learning and promotes tolerance, resilience, fairness and equal opportunities for all.
Nic Jones is our Senior Mental Health Lead, trained in both the Thrive Approach and Trauma Informed Schools (TIS). She works alongside Sam Bowers and Vicky Lavis who also hold the Level 5 Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health-Informed Schools and Communities Practitioner status and Carolyne Pierce-Jones who is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA).
All staff at SRG receive regular training in order to help them identify any potential concerns and support children’s emotional needs. As well as an intervention carried out to support a small number of children, we consider it to be a whole-school approach. We believe that all behaviour is a form of communication that needs to be understood and supported. Thrive/TIS approaches feed into everything we do; the way we speak to children, the way we manage behaviour, how we get to know our pupils and their families and how we share all achievements. We have created dedicated spaces inside and out where your child can be supported in a safe and friendly environment.
We are currently in the process of forming a wellbeing committee consisting of school staff, a governor, pupils and parents to look at how we can go even further to develop the wellbeing of pupils and staff at our school.
Working closely with a variety of external agencies to identify the best approach to support your child is always a priority. We are lucky to have the continued support of Flo Haynes, an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP), who comes into school every Monday afternoon. Next half term, she will be working with the Year 2 children on exploring feelings and the Year 3 children on empathy, sympathy and conflict resolution.
During whole school assemblies and in class we speak with the children about why it is important to seek help if you have a worry or concern and how to go about getting help. This further reinforces the teaching we do in class about staying safe and the NSPCC ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme that we all took part in recently.