“In order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy. A healthy school actively seeks to promote emotional health and well-being alongside physical health, and helps pupils to understand their feelings.”
At Aston Clinton School we work towards positive Emotional Health and Wellbeing (EHWB) in the whole school community, for our adults as well as our children. Our commitment to the protection and enhancement of emotional wellbeing of staff and students begins at first contact and continues throughout their journey through school.
All staff have a responsibility to provide students with a safe environment that actively protects and promotes the emotional health of the students. Our school is committed to providing staff with up-to-date training, supporting and encouraging their continued professional development, and to equipping them with the skills and knowledge to continue their existing good practice in the promotion of emotional wellbeing throughout the school environment.
We recognise the benefits of working to an Emotional Health and Wellbeing Policy:
- Pupils learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also met.
- It empowers students to make considered decisions and manage their feelings.
- Out of school effective links with parents; evidence shows that if parents can also be supported to better manage their children’s behaviour, alongside work being carried out with the pupil at school – there is a much greater likelihood of success in reducing the child’s problems, and in supporting their academic and emotional development.
By keeping our focus on emotional health and wellbeing alongside other policies we aim to have:
- Happier and more motivated pupils and staff
- Pupils who are more engaged in the learning process
- Pupils who can concentrate and learn better
- More effective teaching and learning
- Parents and carers that are more involved in school life and learning
- Pupils and staff with high self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience
- Improved achievement, with everyone meeting their full potential
- Improved standards in all subjects, including Literacy and Mathematics
- Improved morale
- Lower absenteeism
- Good recruitment and retention levels of staff
- Positive and effective relationships for pupils, staff and parents/carers
In further support of this, we employ a, school-based, emotional health and wellbeing support worker.
Pastoral care is the provision we make to ensure the physical and emotional welfare of our children.
We believe that a successful pastoral care programme means that your child feels safe, happy, involved and able to perform to their full potential. They enjoy being with their peers and any problems are spotted and dealt with.
Many of the interventions are of a short term nature in order to support individuals with school related issues. There are occasions when it is necessary to operate a waiting list if demand is high.
If parents have concerns about their child's emotional /social well being, the class teacher should be the first point of contact.
Hi I'm Mrs Astle,
I am the Emotional Support Worker at school. I am a qualified ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and have been trained to deliver a variety of different interventions to support the children's needs across the school.
My role includes:
- Taking charge of all Young Carers in school.
- Supporting children of military families during times of parental deployment and transition in and out of school.
- Organising and running the induction process for new children who join our school during the school year.
- Running Bits and Pieces Club. Membership is by invitation only to help children who need a break from the playground or need support socially.
- Facilitating worry, anxiety and anger programmes.
- Drawing and talking therapy interventions.
- Offering trained support to bereaved children.
- Providing emotional support for children going through difficult times.
- Supporting mental well being.
- Co-ordinating the PAT dog sessions.