Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Fernvale Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident
- help children to develop emotional resilience, have strong growth mindsets, and are able to manage challenges
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support- For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
Lead staff members:
Mrs C. Frearson - (Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead and Accredited Mental Health First Aider) and ELSA (Emotional Literacy support Assistant)
Children’s Mental Health Week 2021- Growing Together
At Fernvale we value the importance of having the right attitude and Mindset for our learning.
Based on the work of psychologist Carol Dweck, we encourage our children to have a 'Growth Mindset', to help them embrace challenges and learn from setbacks, understanding that the more effort and practice they put in the better they will get.
WHAT ARE MINDSETS?
Mindsets are the way we view what we are capable of doing and achieving, it concerns our attitude and the way we approach life and challenges. Carol Dweck explains mindsets as either a 'Fixed' or 'Growth' mindset.
A fixed mindset leads us to believe our basic skills and qualities are more or less set from birth and there is not a lot we can do about it.
At Fernvale we want to encourage everyone to have a growth mindset, believing that most things can be achieved through hard work, listening to support, practice, and not giving up when faced with a challenge.
People with growth mindsets know that some people may be particularly talented at certain things but recognise this as just a starting point; even these people need to work hard to improve their talent.
Having a growth mindset helps pupils to achieve more because they have resilience, value practice, and are not afraid of a challenge.
In class and assemblies, we have been learning about and discussing the importance of effort and persevering with challenge. Our new display in the hall celebrates when our pupils have worked hard to achieve a goal.
We have been really proud of how our children have embraced this idea and the determination they have been showing when faced with new learning challenges.