Wellbeing Vision Statement
Just like everyone has a body, everyone has mental health. Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. It is about children and young people being able to thrive, cope and manage through everyday life, particularly when problems arise. Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities. When children have good levels of wellbeing, it helps them to learn and explore the world. They can feel, express and manage both positive and negative emotions as well as being able to form and maintain good relationships.
At Woodhouse, we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community. One of the ways that we do this is through our curriculum work, in RESPECT lessons and through regular assemblies which discuss how important mental health and well-being is. We have a bespoke RESPECT curriculum with a clear intent to meet the emotional wellbeing needs of pupils in school and to respond to emerging national and local issues. We strongly encourage pupils to develop resilience so they can manage normal stress and we empower pupils to self-regulate to be able to better cope with everyday challenges. All staff model and promote positive mental wellbeing by normalising talking about mental health. Within school, we promote a calm, structured and safe environment that promotes respect, values, diversity and has clear behaviour expectations. These values are underpinned by our school values (Be Bold, Be Healthy, Be Caring, Be Safe, Be Creative, Be United) which encourages pupils to develop into active, responsible citizens with good mental health and well-being. We also effectively coordinate with external agencies who are there to help with the larger challenges in life.
Where pupils require additional support within school, we have a range of staff who can provide this.
Senior Mental Health Lead: Mrs Crane
Mental health and well-being lead: Mrs Smaldon
Well-being team: Mrs Crane, Mrs Smaldon, Miss Walker, Mr Bale, Mrs Hirst, Mrs Craig and Mrs Thorpe
Learning mentors: Mrs Craig and Mrs Thorpe
All staff have a duty of care to monitor and support pupils with their mental health and well-being. As part of this, we have created a bespoke graduated response and flow chart of needs to highlight what is good mental health and well-being and what requires additional support. All staff can record any concerns or worries about a pupil’s mental health and well-being on the class well-being tracker. This is then monitored by the well -being team.
The well- being team meets fortnightly to discuss the well-being trackers and to allocate support to children who require additional nurture, follow up referrals to be made to outside agencies, informal check-ins with individuals and care packages for specific children as required.
At Woodhouse, we work closely with a range of outside agencies to provide the correct support that a pupil requires. We are part of the Calderdale Mental Health Support Team which is a new additional resource helping to support emotional wellbeing in school. This is through a range of strategies such as: 1:1 intervention, group work, signposting to external advice or supporting our whole school approach through training or workshops. We are extremely fortunate that within school we are also supported in our work by Anum Munir who is an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) who works as part of the Calderdale Mental Health Support Team (MHST) within Openminds CAMHS and is in school weekly. We can refer pupils to work with the EMHP when they are suffering with low mental health and well-being. School works in partnership with home and the EMHP to set up weekly support sessions or to refer to additional agencies as required. Parental drop ins are hosted termly for regular access for parents to speak to the EMHP and can include webinars which will cover useful and popular topics.
Signposting to other services
An NHS-approved secure and confidential text messaging service for school-aged children and their families in Calderdale.
ChatHealth is brought to you by Healthy Futures Calderdale, and allows you to get in touch with a healthcare professional, at the touch of a button, for advice and support about physical health or emotional wellbeing.
Access the service: TEXT 07480 635297 (young people) or 07507 332157 (parents/carers) to start a conversation.
From 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, we have experienced clinicians waiting to help. Messages outside this time frame will receive an automated response letting you know when you will receive a reply, and who to contact to get immediate help.
You can also find a range of online learning activities and resources in our Curriculum section.
Calderdale Open Minds Partnership
Calderdale Open Minds Partnership have produced a number of clear and accessible leaflets around some key issues to help parents support their children with getting back to their school routine and alleviate any feelings of frustration, worry and uncertainty. These leaflets were created in partnership with mental health professionals, local parents/carers and commissioners, and can be found using the links below:
Stressed worried or uncertain leaflet
Frustrated cross or angry leaflet
Expressing suicidal thoughts leaflet
Low Mood leaflet
Self harm leaflet
Worry About Money