At Rolleston we embed a strong sense of well-being and character education in our children.
Now , more than ever there is a vital need for us all to be aware of how we look after our mental health .
Growing up is never any easy time and for some children there are things which can trigger mental ill health. This can be seen in many different ways, however children, as with adults experiencing similar issues, can feel stigmatised and unable to approach people for help. Mental health is a subject that many of us find difficult to discuss, primarily because of a fear of saying the wrong thing and making matters worse. Mental ill health is however a prevalent issue, with it being estimated that at least 1 in 10 children will experience some form of mental ill health at some point in their childhood. If you think about the place that you work in, this could mean that there are a lot of children and young people who may experience some form of difficulty around mental health, and research suggests this number is increasing.
Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK has a mental health problem at some point, which can affect their daily life, relationships or physical health. One or two in every 100 people will experience a more severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. NHS Direct Wales, 2019
What helps good mental health? For children to remain mentally well they need: • good physical health (including good diet and regular exercise). • to be able to explore and develop interests (through their environment, play and interaction with others). • to feel part of a family (feeling as though they belong, get along with others, are loved, valued and safe). • to be supported to learn, be optimistic and feel that they have a say.to feel part of a community (e.g. school / nursery / etc.). • to be supported to cope when things do not go well.to be supported to learn how to problem solve.
For help with mental health please look at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
What we do at Rolleston to support mental health, well being and character education:
We have recently been awarded accreditation for 'Route to Resilience'(see link below.)
This is a recognition of the great work done at the school to build upon children's attitudes to learning, resilience and strategies to support their mental health.
We teach the children across our school about 30 'Character Muscles'. These are embedded within lessons, assemblies, cultural capital and extended provision opportunities at every chance. These character muscles link to our PSHE sessions, SMSC offer, British Values and underpin the 'hidden curriculum' that best prepares our children for the next phase of their education. More information about Route to Resilience can be found by following the link at the bottom of this page.
We are also the first school to achieve the 'Peaceful Places' award. This has replaced the Anti-bullying award. (see charter link below)
Rolleston Primary is aiming to achieve the ‘Wellbeing Award For Schools.’
The Wellbeing Award for Schools is a welcome opportunity to recognise the exceptional work that schools do in supporting mental health.
The key features of a whole-school approach form the basis of the award, and it provides schools with a benchmark of best practice against which to test itself.
Although we started this before COVID-19, we know that staff, parent and pupil well-being is paramount now more than ever.
Alongside the award we are undertaking mental health training, first aid mental health training, well-being objectives as part of our appraisals and many other strategies to support.
There are four key principles driving the ideas and recommendations behind the award:
Embarking on the award process does not imply that our school is failing in this area, but rather that we have recognised the needs and demands of our school are changing and you are committed to responding to these.
We recognise that for many adults and children, mental health can be seen as a difficult and at times frightening issue. As a society, we are starting to deal with this stigma, but, unfortunately, there still exist plenty of negative views and attitudes that cause barriers to go up. As professionals and as parents, we can feel unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with these issues, seeing mental health as the domain of the ‘specialist’. As a school community already stretched with many demands, re-visioning how we view emotional wellbeing and changing a school culture to accommodate this vision can be challenging.
At Rolleston, we ensure that we are constantly preparing our children for life in modern Britain by instilling the values of:
For all staff working in the school to:
Look after themselves and each other physically, emotionally and mentally.
For the curriculum to: