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Poor mental health undermines educational attainment.  Surveys suggest that disproportionately large numbers of students with conduct and emotional disorders fall behind in their overall educational attainment, missing school and/or being excluded.

One in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and around one in seven has less severe problems.

The wellbeing and the emotional health of all members of Chaucer School (including staff, students and parents) is fundamental.

Aims

  • To ensure that through the promotion of positive emotional health and wellbeing, children and young people are helped to understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and emotional resilience and therefore their capacity to learn.
  • To increase the awareness and understanding and reduce stigma amongst students, staff and parents/carers of issues involving the emotional health and wellbeing of young people and to provide support at an early stage to any student who is or appears to be suffering from mental health issues.

Promoting positive wellbeing and emotional health

The culture at Chaucer School promotes students’ positive wellbeing and emotional health, and avoids stigma by;

  • Having a whole-school approach to promoting positive well being and emotional health within an ethos of high expectations and constant support.
  • Having a committed staff community that sets a whole school culture of positive wellbeing and emotional health, support and value.
  • Having a robust regime of continuing professional development (CPD) for staff.
  • Having a student group of healthy minds champions.
  • Working closely with pupils, parents and carers.
  • Whole school promotion of building individual resilience and tenacity through the use of learner levels in all areas of the curriculum.

Supporting students

Wellbeing and emotional health is a very varied and complex area and there are no quick fix solutions. Maintaining every day, regular routines wherever possible, such as, attending school and lessons whilst working towards managing mental health is key. School offers a range of services to help students develop positive mental health and wellbeing and support those experiencing mental health issues. These are;

  • The pastoral team lead and support positive wellbeing and emotional health across school.
  • Form Tutors and Year Teams are well placed to spot changes in behaviour that might indicate a problem and offer support and guidance. Many things can cause a change in mental health including traumatic events (e.g. loss or separation, life changes, abuse, domestic violence or bullying).
  • Staff volunteers who have volunteered to be a ‘go to’ for students experiencing mental health issues.
  • LIFE curriculum includes mental health topics in order to raise awareness and understanding and provide strategies for developing positive wellbeing and emotional health and managing mental health.
  • LIFE curriculum has the flexibility to focus on developing children’s resilience, confidence and ability to learn.
  • Constructive links with outside support and specialist agencies (e.g. school nurse, MAST, CAMHS) to provide interventions for those with mental health problems.

Referrals

Any member of staff, student, parents/carers concerned about the wellbeing and emotional health of a student should speak to the student’s Year Manager about their concerns. The Year Manager will monitor and support them, and refer to outside agencies, if appropriate, for further intervention.