Our curriculum and enrichment activities are intended to promote the development of the whole child which is reflected in our School mission. Emotional wellbeing is at the heart of all that we do here at Redhill.
As part of this we have our ‘A Valued Me’ programme where throughout the year the following values are explored and celebrated Respect, Friendship, Responsibility, Empathy, Honesty and Independence.
Emotional wellbeing is embedded into our curriculum in a variety of ways. Our PSHE curriculum offers opportunities for children to learn about wellbeing through our Jigsaw scheme of work (mindful approach to PSHE) by Jan Lever, which is designed as a whole school approach, providing a scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6. Jigsaw PSHE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme. Each half term there is a focus: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, Changing Me. Each of these themes can be cross referenced to British Values too. The Calm Me session within each lesson enables children to learn techniques to use throughout their life and promotes mental well-being.
We work hard at Redhill to develop children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development through our A Valued Me programme, our work on British Values, and our charity and community work. Mindfulness and circle time activities are a regular feature of the children’s weekly timetable here at Redhill and we are fortunate enough to welcome many visitors into our school who focus on emotional wellbeing e.g. The Samaritans.
Through our work on e-safety, children discuss in depth their emotional wellbeing when working online. Every term, children complete a unit of work which revisits how to keep safe when using technology and the ways in which working online can affect our emotional wellbeing. Further information can be found here: Online Safety - Redhill Primary Academy (ttsonline.net)
Physical Education provides another opportunity for discussions around emotional wellbeing. Children are aware of the benefits an active lifestyle can have on emotional wellbeing and they take part in a range of sporting activities to support this. We also complete the daily mile in addition to the two hours of physical activity children receive in their weekly timetabled PE sessions.
For individual pupils who may require further support in this area, the school ensures that all staff members, who are providing any form of therapeutic support for students for social, emotional and mental health are appropriately supported and supervised. This will be ensured by the link with external specialist therapeutic agencies alongside access to school-based specialists.
Denise Rock is the School’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Lead, she attends termly continuing professional development led by Future in Mind Telford & Wrekin – launched in 2016 by The Severn Teaching School Alliance, in partnership with Telford and Wrekin Council and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, to develop such provision in schools. In turn, Denise Rock disseminates much of this training back at school to both teachers and teaching assistants.
Faye Bailey and Denise Rock are both qualified Youth Mental Health First Aiders, disseminating best practice and developing other staff members in supporting children with their mental health.
Denise Rock is a qualified Staff Mental Health First Aider facilitating provision to staff members.
Daphne Smith and Faye Bailey are qualified as a “Grief Recovery Specialists” certified by the Grief Recovery Institute, assisting pupils who need additional support when bereaved.
Faye Bailey and Denise Rock are qualified ELSAs – Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. Both of these staff also receive termly ELSA supervision, ran by Telford & Wrekin’s Educational Psychology service. This enables children who need support around discussing their emotions to have 1:1 sessions with our ELSAs.
Denise Rock also attends termly E2O meetings - Emotional Wellbeing to Outcomes, where a cross section of practitioners involved in the emotional wellbeing of young people in Telford come together to share good practice.
For additional services and support available to our community surrounding social, emotional and mental health please click the following link:
Although it is referenced in the link above please note, the link below. This is the mental health service directly for Telford:
Also see our Emotional well being and mental health policies.