Welcome to our Mental Health and Well-being page
In order to support the children at Wilberforce Primary School and ensure that everyone is happy and healthy, we practise well-being activities each week in class. If you would like to practise mindfulness with your child at home, you can go on this website in order to listen to the Mindfulness exercises.
There is also a Well-being Tip in the newsletter each week for you to try at home.
SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING THROUGH MINDUP
At Wilberforce we are proud to be part of the growing network of MindUP schools who promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our whole school community.
The unique evidence-based framework provides knowledge and understanding of neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and mindful practices to affect positive change within the classroom and beyond. The 15-lesson curriculum includes practices developed to help children improve their focus, manage their emotions and face challenges with resilience, kindness and compassion.
The MindUP lessons are complemented by the ‘Brain Break’. This core mindful breathing exercise which takes place three times a day, enables pupils and staff to calm their minds, focus and get ready to learn.
The interactive teaching and learning approaches, complemented by whole-school mindful practices, help create an exciting learning environment within which children can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
OUR SHARED VISION
MindUP is central to our strategic vision, it supports us to create a whole-school culture of gratitude, optimism, happiness and respect within which we can all grow and flourish.
For further details about the MindUP programme, including research findings, the curriculum overview and case studies, visit mindup.org.uk
Staff Wellbeing Champions:
As the head teacher, Mrs Macfie makes sure that mental health and well-being are at the heart of what we do at Wilberforce Primary. She has a strategic overview of what this looks like in school and makes sure staff can put theory into practice.
As a yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, Mrs Windsor believes that looking after our well-being is crucial if we want to learn successfully. She supports staff to deliver mindfulness sessions to children. She is also a Mental Health First Aider and a school governor.
Mr Jackson and Miss McKinney
As a school, we know that happy staff mean happy children so we take the well-being of staff as seriously as that of our children. Mr Jackson and Miss McKinney support the staff in school and out.
Mr Wickham and Ms Laabi
Mr Wickham and Miss Laabi spend most of their days working with children in class but are always readily available at break and lunch times should children wish to talk to them. As Mental Health First Aiders they are also trained to spot and deal with any signs of distress.
Pupil Wellbeing Champions:
Our School Councillors play a really important role in school. They regularly ask pupils questions about what is going well and what they would like to improve. They are also available should pupils wish to talk to someone other than an adult in school.
If you feel you need extra support, we have compiled a list of external agencies that you can use to help support you outside of school.
Here are some websites which will give you more information about mental health and wellbeing:
If your child wants access to a counsellor, they can call ChildLine on: 0800 1111 or they can contact them online.
If you would like to talk to someone about your mental health, you can call Samaritans on: 116 123 or for advice on your child’s mental health you can call Young Minds on: 0808 802 5544.