At Caedmon Primary School, we recognise the importance of supporting pupil’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. As a result, we ensure that we have a wide range of provision available for pupils to access.
School Counselling and Play Therapy
Our counselling service, Headlight, offers counselling in a supportive and calm environment. We also have a counsellor that works between the trust schools who provides a consistent approach. Counselling sessions take place in a quiet, undisturbed room. This safe space is where pupils can talk about whatever is troubling them with a counsellor who works with them to build trust and help them develop their own emotional coping skills to deal with any stresses they may be facing. The co-regulatory support, that the counsellor fosters with our pupil, is beneficial for their emotional regulation.
Thrive and Nurture Provision
The Thrive Approach is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach to meet the emotional and social needs of our pupils. This intervention is implemented by staff specifically trained in the Thrive approach, with the aim to achieve a better understanding of how we can support those pupil’s social and emotional needs.
Rubies is an 8-week course for Year 6/7 girls to support them with the transition to secondary school. It aids them to recognise their unique strengths and abilities and helps them to view themselves, and each other, in a positive light.
Tuff Tees is an 8-week course aimed at raising self-esteem and confidence whilst increasing the resilience of Teesside’s young boys. It teaches mindful coping strategies and practical based activities that young boys can apply to their daily lives.
Yoga is an intervention implemented to help specific pupils to relieve tension and stress, increase their concentration and focus and to promote creative thinking and memory. For those pupils who are involved, it can also build their confidence and self-esteem, support their emotional intelligence, enhance their team spirit and social interaction.
Headstart is an educational programme themed around mental health, emotional well-being and resilience. The programme sets out to support Headstart ambassadors across school to help their peers with self-confidence, gives them a safe platform to discuss their views and feelings and helps tackles issues that pupils in our area could be facing. Caedmon are currently on their Bronze Headstart award and are well on their way to being awarded their Silver!
Please click here to view the programme focus.
Worry Boxes and Wellbeing Display
Our worry boxes and classes’ well-being displays provides our pupils with an interactive and thought-provoking system to privately and visually foster their emotional intelligence. The worry boxes offer a place for those pupils, who may struggle to verbalise their internal worries and concerns, to privately write down any issues they may be facing. The well-being displays allows pupils to think about how they are feeling and present it on the display. Those concerns, worries and also positive emotions will be reflected on by the teacher and the appropriate support will be given.
During the day, teachers plan in specific and necessary moments of mindfulness. Mindfulness means paying full attention to something and not thinking about anything else in that moment. It means slowing down and really taking notice of what you are doing, even if it means that pupils just focusing on their breath. When they really focus on being mindful, they slow down, take their time, and concentration on something in a way that is both relaxing and stress-free. Our mindfulness sessions usually involve a combination of breathing exercises, visualization, body awareness, relaxation or a stress-relieving activity.