At St. John’s, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.
In addition to promoting positive mental health taught through our PSHE curriculum, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. We recognise that in an average classroom, there may be as many as three children suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. 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. We have a Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, fully trained Mental Health First Aiders and a school counsellor who all work together to promote positive mental health at St. John’s.
Please see our Mental Health Provision and Referral Plan below
Zones of Regulation:
During Mental Health Week 2022, we introduced the children to ‘Zones of Regulation’.
This is a simple strategy to help children recognise their feelings and those of others. It teaches them techniques to help them to manage their feelings and learn how to feel calm, in other words how to
‘self-regulate’. Zones of Regulation can be used by children of all ages and also adults and works at home as well as in school!
Many schools across the UK have adopted this approach to help children and we are excited to teach the children more about self-regulation in the coming months. For more information please see the Parents Guide we have compiled here.
We were delighted to welcome Andy Caress from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust back to St. John's once again. He spoke to children across the school as part of assemblies, discussing mental health and wellbeing and talking about practical strategies they can use to support themselves and each other. Andy also worked with each year 6 class to think specifically about the transition to secondary school and the associated thoughts and feelings the children may be experiencing. Finally he met with parents to provide guidance on how to support their children as they navigate the move to secondary school alongside adolescence with its associated challenges. The slides from the parent talk can be viewed below. Please note that the information is for personal use, and that the slides should not be used by individuals or groups as part of any further training delivery.
We are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools ‘School Mental Health Award’ – Bronze Status in recognition of the work we have been doing over the last two years. Many of you have recently completed a survey as have the children, to give us feedback and also to highlight where we still have work to do. You may recall the first survey took place in late 2019 and we are really pleased to be able to report that, despite all the challenges of the last 16 months, we have still been able to make many improvements:
In 2019 our survey results told us:
· 81% of parents told us they felt able to approach the school to ask for help and now (2021) 93% report they are able to do so
· 87% in 2019 said they knew who to approach for help if they were worried about their child’s well-being, this figure now stands at 96%.
The 2021 children’s results also show some really positive improvements:
· 52% said it’s ok to talk about feelings in school, now 73% say this is ok
· 72% said grown-ups care about their feelings, this has risen to 82%
· 62% of children felt they could ask a grown-up for help if things go wrong, this has risen to 74%
· 57% of children felt that the school cared about them and listened to what they had to say, this is now a much improved 74%.
Children's Mental Health Week: 1-5 February 2021
Once again we have marked Children's mental health week both at home and in school. This year the week is titled Express Yourself and is aimed at encouraging children and young people to talk about their thoughts and feelings. We have planned activities to participate in wherever you are learning whether that is at home or in school, please see the link below for sources of advice and support for parents, pupils and school staff.
Please click the page below to have a look at what our children have been up to.
During Children's Mental Health Week the children learnt all about mental health via assemblies and activities in class. On Friday 7 January they were asked to wear their jumpers inside out as a reminder that we cannot always see what’s going on inside (more info here - https://www.tes.com/news/wear-clothes-inside-out-promote-mental-health)
The children were shown the below video, produced by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, during Children's Mental Health Week assemblies.
Please see the leaflets below for ideas and sources of help.
During our 2019 parent consultations, we ran a presentation on screen about our progress with Mental Health plans. The presentation included data collected from our surveys from parents and children: