Wellbeing strategies

We promote good mental health and wellbeing in all aspects of school life.

Positive pupil wellbeing

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.

Wellbeing strategy

The mental and physical wellbeing strategy aims to:

  • Promote positive mental and physical wellbeing in all staff and pupils
  • Increase understanding and awareness of common mental and physical wellbeing issues
  • Alert staff to early warning signs of mental ill health
  • Provide support to staff working with young people with mental and physical wellbeing issues
  • Provide support to pupils suffering mental ill health and their peers and parents/carers
  • Support pupils, families and staff to address the emerging mental health issues around loss in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching about mental & physical wellbeing

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.

Lead members of staff

Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental and physical wellbeing of pupils.  Staff with a specific, relevant remit include: 

  • Designated safeguarding lead 
  • Mental health lead 
  • Lead first aider 
  • Pastoral lead 
  • SENDCo 
  • Head of PSHE
  • Head of safeguarding and pupil wellbeing
  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Working with parents

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: 

  • Highlight sources of information and support about common mental and physical wellbeing issues on our school website 
  • Ensure that all parents are aware of who to talk to, and how to get about this, if they have concerns about their own child or a friend of their child 
  • Make our mental health policy easily accessible to parents 
  • Share ideas about how parents can support positive mental and physical wellbeing in their children
  • Keep parents informed about the mental and physical wellbeing topics their children are learning about in PSHE and share ideas for extending and exploring this learning at home.