The wellbeing of our children (and staff!) is of the highest priority at Urmston Primary. Much of this is achieved through a culture which is kind, caring and considerate and founded on our school values of kindness, happiness, pride, respect, responsibility and resilience. Our children and staff know that the behaviour of everyone in our school community is based upon taking responsibility for our actions and showing kindness and respect to all, recognising when we make mistakes that effect others, and working together to put them right.
Alongside this culture, we have procedures in place to support those children who may need a little extra guidance and nurturing. All staff play an important role in pastoral care, with our HLTAs, Mrs Steele in infants and Mrs Ball in the juniors, providing more focused support for our children and talking to them about their anxieties and helping them to be calm. Both have strong knowledge and understanding of their roles and have completed courses on listening and counselling skills, mental health awareness, child bereavement and lego therapy, and most recently have become qualified drawing therapists.
Our Mental Health Lead is Mr Keen, also on our SLT, who, along with other senior leaders, provides support and a listening ear for staff. Happy staff = happy children!
We have a SCIPS (Social Care In Partnership with Schools) worker, Deborah Evason, who supports our children and families who might need further early help intervention or signposting to the numerous agencies on offer in Trafford. Further information can be found at https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/docs/early-help-parents.pdf
There are a number of agencies in our local authority that offer support for families who need it. Below a zip file of a number of contact details and workshops that may be of interest. These include Blusci support for mental health and wellbeing, NAS autism seminars, Just Psychology Mental Health and Wellbeing support, R-Space support for domestic abuse, IATP’s Trust Fall project and ROC community mentors.
Furthermore, if you'd like support regarding your child managing their emotions, Childline's Calmzone website has some excellent ideas and resources. The link is here: https://www.childline.org.uk/
We hold wellbeing forums every term where staff, parents and governors are invited and this provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our practice and how we can maintain and improve our culture of happy children and happy staff.