Your mental health is a number one priority, it’s as important as your physical health, which is why here at Gordon Children’s Academy we have Miss Rosie Havinden. Miss Havinden is our Assistant Headteacher and Assistant SENCo. This role encompasses the Mental Health Lead for the school.
In the SENCo office
Yes, parents are welcome to contact me or the DSL via the school office for advice or support.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, affecting how we think, feel and act. It determines how we handle stress, make choices and relate to other people. Often, even the smallest changes can make someone feel better. It is important that you care about yourself and care for yourself looking after your physical health by eating well, sleeping well and staying healthy and making time to do the things that make you happy.
After a challenging year for us all, it is now more important than ever that we are kind to each other and are able to have the conversations that it is okay to not be okay. It is important that children have an awareness of mental health and understand the signs so they know where they can go, who they can talk to and also have an understanding of how to help to support others. We work closely as a team to support each other, the children in our care and also work closely with our families. It is important that we take away the stigma around mental health and have these conversations to create a positive atmosphere and acceptance for all.
The children know they can talk to any adult in the school about any worries of concerns they have.
Check in sessions with the children
PSHE sessions to support the children’s wider development through whole class discussions.
We have a trained ELSA in school who supports with helping the children work through issues around anxieties, worries and their emotions.
Oasis lunchtime provision where children can come and check in with an adult and complete calming activities such as colouring or games.
Interventions around social skills and emotional support, including the use of the zones of regulation.
Providing children with a safe space to calm down and regulate their emotions.
Weekly PE sessions to encourage the children’s physical health
A range of afterschool clubs via seesaw to promote children’s emotional and physical health.