Mental Health and wellbeing is a key area of focus at Locking Primary School. We look after our children, our staff and our parents.
We do this by:
Meet the Mental Heath and Wellbeing team:
Miss Sharon Ledbury is our Mental Health Champion and Lead
Mrs Rachel Keate is our Mental Health First Aider
We recognise that children need to know that they matter, that we value them, that their voice can be heard, that we can help them, that we will be here for them. We acknowledge them every day through greetings, a gesture, a nod, a smile and a conversation.
We talk about the power of 'I know', 'I appreciate', 'I understand' - to children some things are huge, and we need to recognise this and affirm their feelings for that thing - be it a scratch they have, a funny feeling in their tummy, a sad feeling because of a falling out, a sigh because they cannot do something - we need to set aside our 'rush' to teach and ensure progress and attainment and ensure that we have done our best to support our children to be ready to learn - emotionally available. We do this at all levels - leadership to office staff, teachers to midday supervisors.
We do not avoid talking about having healthy minds – we use Brain Breaks throughout the day and we learn about the brain and how it works.
We do not know everything... if you have any skills that you could share in this area or any ideas or suggestions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Here is a link for you to access Young Minds. It is an organisation for children and has a helpline for parents. You can contact them via, webchat, email and phone.
Kooth is an organisation set up for children. It delivers free online support for young people delivered by qualified counsellors via chat-based services. It is all monitored and very safe for children to access.
For more useful information follow the links below: