Our Emotional Well Being Hub
Here at Hurst Green we take value in each of our children, families and staff. We aim to support and promote positive mental health and well-being across the whole of our school.
We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement.
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice identifies Social, Emotional and Mental Health as one of the four areas of Special Educational Need.
All children go through ups and downs through their school career and some face significant life events. About 10% of children aged 5 to 16 have a diagnosable mental health need and these can have an enormous impact on their quality of life, relationships and academic achievement.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”.
We are therefore looking at a whole school approach to mental health and well-being.
This year we plan to continue to promote mental health support for all our children families and staff and will be updating you on the changes ahead.
We now have a graduated response within school covering five levels where we can assess what support your child may need.
Emotional Well Being Check In’s
We also make sure that we hold emotional check ins with our children. This can be completed in a variety of ways from a simple chat to a more in depth discussion.
Children are offered a space to pause, process and explore their emotions.
We use the Colour Monster concept across school to support children to reflect on their emotions. The colour monster changes colour according to how the monster is feeling and we find that this helps children to more easily identify which emotion they are experiencing.
We have been working alongside courses for training Play therapists and supporting their placements.
During therapeutic play, therapists work alongside children who may have a mild to moderate social and emotional difficulty. They will use the basic foundations of Play Therapy to support your child.
Our Play therapist Lucy Vines has been supporting children in the school for several years and how now taken on a fulltime role within the school.
Play Therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven't had the chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened
Play Therapists receive extensive training in subjects such as child development and attachment (the bonding process). They are also trained to use play, a child's natural form of expression, as a means for understanding and communicating with children about feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
Play Therapists sometimes work with parents in the playroom with their child. Specialty trained Play Therapists can help support your relationships with your child or support with your shared experiences.
If we felt that play therapy might benefit your child, we would always get in touch with you to invite you to school to meet Lucy and find out more information.
For more information, please contact our Mental Health Lead: Lucy Vines