Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
The emotional well-being of all pupils underpins everything we do at Gothic Mede Academy.
We aim to equip our pupils with the skills to lead successful and fulfilling lives by giving them self-confidence and the resilience to overcome difficulties. This is done through strategies such as our PSHE curriculum, nurture groups and extra-curricular activities.
Many people at some time in their life experience difficulties with social, emotional and mental health. These may be caused by a specific event such as illness or changes within the family, or may be a result of a longer term condition. Children in school may express their feelings in a number of ways for example:
- Becoming withdrawn
- Getting angry.
- Changes in behaviour
- Friendship difficulties.
Many problems can be overcome with the support of the class teachers and other staff throughout the school.
All staff including teachers, support staff and midday supervisors are vigilant in recognising children's needs and responding to them . Most issues can be resolved when the child speaks to a trusted adult, and it is vital that parents talk to school if there is a problem. Parents should also encourage their child to speak to someone in school as soon as a problem arises.
If more support is needed children can access this through Mrs Sugden or Mrs Milligan. They will meet regularly with the child's teacher to plan the best way to help individual children. This may include:
- Further advice to you and the adults working with your child.
- A personalised behaviour plan.
- Participation in a specific group eg. nurture group.
- Support for the family from the Family Support Worker.
- Directed support from other agencies.