Mental Health and Wellbeing
Educating and investing in children, encouraging them to grow up to lead safe, happy, healthy and successful lives, is at the heart of what we do at Colton Primary School.
As a school, we place great emphasis on the success stories of every child by targeting support through extended services, multi–agency working and by building effective relationships between school, parents, children, young people and the community.
This school believes that all individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, abilities, cultural and social background should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The school is committed to working towards equality and to combat discrimination, extremism/ radicalisation and harassment. Our curriculum promotes positive images through the themes pupils are learning about. Through regular monitoring and evaluation of the school, we ensure that this statement remains constantly at the forefront of all we do.
We aim to promote a curriculum that ensures that the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding plays a significant part, not only in their ability to learn and achieve, but also in the way that they make sense of and are part of the wider world. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values whilst recognising that those of others may differ.
Inclusion and Special Needs
All children, including those in all vulnerable groups and those with SEND, have their progress monitored accordingly to ensure access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The Special Needs and Inclusion Policies provide details as to how Dedicated Support Plans are used to focus on individual needs for these children. Teaching assistants are sometimes used to support these children during lesson time or to give specific help with Support Plan objectives.
The principles of the Early Years underpin teaching and learning in this department of the school. The children experience a range of activities in all areas of provision which cater for the needs of all pupils.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organisation) At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health. At Colton Primary we recognise that a pupil’s happiness and well-being are the foundation for their success and that effective pastoral care underpins school life. We are nurturing not just the academic progress of the child but looking after the ‘whole person’.
- To promote positive mental health in all staff and students
- To increase understanding and awareness of common mental health issues
- To alert staff to early warning signs of mental ill health
- To provide support to staff working with young people with mental health issues
- To provide support to students suffering mental ill health and their peers and parents/carers.