Wellbeing

At Tatworth School, we understand that emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical health. We aim to provide a positive environment in which children can flourish and be mentally strong and healthy. We recognise that, through our whole-school ethos, curriculum and environment, we can promote strong mental health and resilience for all children.

We achieve this by:

  • including mental health awareness in our PSHE curriculum
  • regular exercise and fresh air
  • half-termly whole-school assembly themes which provide positive examples of personal qualities and allow a chance for reflection
  • supporting children to build and sustain friendships
  • including emotional literacy in our PSHE curriculum, providing children with the vocabulary to describe their feelings
  • supporting all children to build relationships built on trust, respect and consistency in order to ensure that all children feel safe whilst at school
  • having clear expectations of behaviour throughout the school
  • promoting a sense of belonging to the school community through taking part in inter-school competitions, and to a school House through inter-house events
  • providing children with a voice, through the School Council
  • building children’s self-esteem by giving the children a role of responsibility within the class or school, and by praising good behaviour for learning in the classroom, in assembly and in the newsletter
  • building children’s resilience by encouraging children to learn from their mistakes during lessons
  • encouraging good relationships and teamwork through our group work approach during lessons
  • ensuring that all children take part in Forest School sessions throughout the school year
  • instilling a sense of pride by including children in decisions about the school environment when possible
  • running a whole-school Wellbeing Week annually, which includes a range of activities and learning experiences to promote children’s wellbeing, including a visit from the Life Education Bus
  • promoting healthy eating throughout the school
  • promoting our own Behaviours for Learning through the awarding of Housepoints and certificates in Celebration Assemblies.

Our Behaviours for Learning are: keeping going, being a risk taker, showing respect, being motivated and engaged, taking responsibility, being a team player and aiming high.

We recognise that, at times, all children and adults within school can need support with their mental health. When a need is identified, extra provision can be provided in school, for example in the form of:

  • engaging in specially-tailored lunchtime clubs
  • using the Sensory Room to provide a safe and calm space for children
  • working with our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)
  • focused small group support or therapy sessions
  • adapting routines and environments to improve a child’s mental health