We wish everyone a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you in the Autumn Term


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
  • including emotional literacy in our PSHE curriculum, providing children with the vocabulary to describe their feelings
  • incorporating the new Relationship Education curriculum into PSHE sessions from September 2019
  • 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
  • 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 and Eco 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
  • Pop-in ELSA
  • Thrive  work with children and parents
  • Scheduled time with our therapy dog: Darcey