Welcome to Wainscott’s newly installed Wellbeing page. Wainscott are on an exciting journey to embed wellbeing through our whole school community.
Wellbeing Lead: Beckie Worsfold
At Wainscott as part of our commitment to mental health and wellbeing, Wainscott has a member of the team dedicated to promoting this throughout the school. Mrs Worsfold is our Inclusion Assistant and Wellbeing Lead and is a key part of building our link between home and school.
If you have concerns about your child's emotional wellbeing, in the first instance, you should speak with your child's class teacher, as they know your child best. However, there may be times when you need to speak to someone else and Mrs Worsfold is available to speak with parents and carers, as well as children, about their worries.
Definition of Wellbeing:
Mental wellbeing describes your mental state - how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental wellbeing is dynamic. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year (Mind, 2019).
At Wainscott Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all our children. We know that children have the right to be provided with a creative, innovative and exciting education that will inspire them to become enthusiastic lifelong learners who are proud of everything they do. We want every child to excel within an inclusive environment. We keep children at the focus of everything we do and uphold the right to an education for all.
There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with their learning. We recognise the need to support children through these difficult times.
At our school we:
- Help children to understand their emotions and feelings.
- Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries.
- Help children socially in order to form and maintain friendships and relationships.
- Promote self-esteem within our children.
- Encourage children to be confident and persevere.
- Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support at Wainscott:
Universal support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. This can be part of the whole class approach linked to Quality First Teaching , they are given additional support through differentiation, as well as daily resources within a whole class setting, such as feelings cards, mindfulness, brain breaks etc. Wainscott School have been accessing one hour of wellbeing and physical activity each day, we have called this our Rainbow hour.
Targeted Support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions. These can be short term needs such as; ELSA, emotional regulation, social story groups etc.
Individual support - For pupils who need a specific 1:1 intervention such as; Play therapy, Counselling, referrals to outsides agencies such as; School nurse, Wellbeing Practitioner or NEFLT.
The following are a range of assessments available to the Inclusion Team and Teachers to support the wellbeing of our children;
- ELSA (Emotional Literacy support)
- Boxall Profile
- Speech and Language Support
- Sensory Circuits
- 1:1 Sessions of emotional literacy
- Family Support Worker
- PSHE Lessons
- Rainbow Hour
- Circle Time
- Social Skills Groups
- Nurture Group
- School Nurse
- Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner
- Youth Mental Health First Aid trained staff
Here are some further external websites to support your child and family.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Place2Be - Improving Children's Mental Health
NELFT/CAMHS – Mental health concerns
Medway Young Persons Well-being Service is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week if you are concerned about yourself or another’s mental health and well-being. Please call 03000 300 1981.