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We all need good mental health and wellbeing – it's essential to living happy and healthy lives, and can help us sleep better, feel better, do the things we want to do and have more positive relationships. It can also help us deal with difficult times in the future. 

Good mental health is important for helping our children and young people to develop and thrive. Their emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical, social and their mental health and wellbeing in adulthood.   

As a school we have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our children.  We develop approaches tailored to the needs of our children coordinating an evidence-informed approach to mental health and wellbeing within our school which will support and develop a readiness to learn.  

It is recognised that our mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change as we move through different stages of our life.   

Mental health is as important to a child’s safety and well being as their physical health.  It is and important issue for children.  Over half of all Childline counselling sessions in 2022/2023 related to mental or emotional health and well being.  (NSPCC) 

Mental Health Spectrum

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Supporting Children with Mental Health - Whole School Approach

Edward the Elder is a caring community that takes the Mental Health and well-being of its children seriously.  We are an inclusive community that has a positive, caring, nurturing and supportive network.   

We promote a listening environment, providing opportunities to explore thoughts, feelings and emotions and give opportunities for children to talk within a community that listens and responds effectively.   

There is access to a wealth of support, our pastoral support threads through our network of adults across school alongside the Safeguarding and behaviour and Emotional Support team, this is enhanced with our links to further Mental Health and Well-being agencies, In school support can involve 1:1 Bespoke Behaviour and Emotional Support, Nurture groups or family support sessions.   

Our early intervention education and support for health education threads through our curriculum to support our children and the wider school community.

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Mental Health Aware

To support our school community, we access multi-agency support and training to ensure we are equipped to recognise early signs, the best support available and how to access the appropriate support.   


For Example: 

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Mrs B Highman
Mental Health Lead
Mrs B Turner
Mental Health First Aider

Further information to support mental health can found by clicking on the links below. 

Signposting to these sites are to provide further information for you to evaluate the best support for yourself or your family member.  Signposting to these sites is purely for families to explore further information and is not an endorsement or lack of endorsement of any.  

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