For effective teaching and learning to take place, good mental health and wellbeing in all aspects of school life is necessary. Discovery supports the school’s community to work together in encouraging positive mental health and wellbeing in and around our schools.
We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and for every child. We pursue this aim using both universal, and integral, specialised, targeted school approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. In addition to promoting positive mental and physical wellbeing, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health and wellbeing policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.
The mental and physical wellbeing strategy aims to:
The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our pupils to keep themselves and others physically and mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental PSHE curriculum. The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we’re teaching but there will always be an emphasis on enabling pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding, language and confidence to seek help, as needed, for themselves or others.
Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental and physical wellbeing of pupils. Staff with a specific, relevant remit include:
Parents are often very welcoming of support and information from the school about supporting their children’s emotional and mental health. In order to support parents we will: