Running a Mentally Healthy School
Long Crendon School is committed to creating and maintaining a mentally healthy school, where the children and staff’s mental well-being is at the forefront of our minds. Without positive mental health, it is really hard for children to access learning. We are increasingly aware that pressures on our young people start earlier and earlier and we aim, as a school, to help children navigate their way through some of the social and emotional challenges that they will face.
We do this in many ways, we have a new PSHE scheme that all teachers are using. This also includes week reflective sessions, delivered four times a week, where children have a chance to gather themselves and catch breath after busy lunchtimes. This has really helped many children I have spoken to and puts them in a calmer mind set to face and embrace their learning.
Forest School helps children to get outside and learn in a different environment and gain skills in practical areas and to also reduce stress by being active and mindful within nature. It supports the curriculum and helps embed classroom learning in a practical way. Outdoor learning has been well documented and has been used successfully to support holistic learning in Primary Schools across the UK for many years.
Please see our whole-school approach to Wellbeing approach:
Please have a look at our wellbeing strategy – this highlights what we do in school around wellbeing in our community and the rationale.
Please see these blogs relating to mental health and how we can enhance our own and children’s mental health from Spring/Summer 2021:
So we reach another point of uncertainty and change with the children returning to school. Whilst it is very welcome and many of us and the children will be feeling positively, there too comes some anxieties with yet another change. Please read Mrs Fleming’s Well being Blog 24.2.21 that will hopefully give you some hints and tips about preparing for the return.
In yet another lockdown when we are all dealing with our own uncertainties and fog, read our blog on the January lockdown
At this uncertain time please have a look at our Blog on Anxiety
Have a look at our first Blog on Sleep.