Unlocking hearts and minds
Barcroft is committed to promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole school community and we are excited to announce that we will be embarking on the Wellbeing Award for Schools, which is developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).
Evidence shows us that wellbeing is of central importance to learning and attainment, with high levels of wellbeing associated with improved academic outcomes.
Here at Barcroft, we value the whole child and emotional wellbeing is at the heart of our ethos. We have some wonderful provisions already in place and we are excited about expanding and taking this provision further. The important factor is that this journey will involve everyone: the children, the teachers, the wider staff and you. Everyone! We are all important, as a whole school, working together to promote the mental health and wellbeing of each other.
Three members of staff have attended an Online Youth Mental Health First Aid course and are now Mental Health First Aiders. The course teaches in depth skills for providing first aid to people who may be experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.
Pupil Wellbeing Policy 2020-2021
Progress update May 2020
Keeping you informed of Wellbeing progress
Progress update November 2020
Keeping you informed of Wellbeing progress
We understand that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still continuing, causing ongoing difficulties for many families. Walsall’s Early Help Team have created some really useful information guides with tips on managing emotions and family relationships through this challenging time. We hope you find these helpful. If you feel that you need further support about any of these subjects, please contact Miss Sasaru in school.
Coronavirus Parent Support (Child’s Emotional Wellbeing)
Coronavirus Parent Support (Connecting Families)
Coronavirus Parent Support (How to have fun)
Coronavirus Parent Support (Parents on relationships with our children)
Coronavirus Parent Support (Routines and Boundaries)
The School Health Team are also offering courses tailored specifically to medical, growth & development and emotional needs. These are also free to access to all parents and carers.
Understanding your child's behaviour workshop flyer - Covid19
Understanding your child's emotions workshop - COVID19
Young Minds is an organisation that is dedicated to supporting children so that every young person gets the mental health support they need when they need it. They are also involved in the wellbeing provision within Barcroft and our Nature Friendly School initiative. Please look at the link below for ideas and advice and if you are worried about a child or young person, contact the parent help line for free confidential advice and emotional support.
Call us for free on 0808 802 5544 from 9:30am - 4pm, Mon - Fri. https://youngminds.org.uk/
Emotion Coaching Link At Barcroft, we believe the way we talk to and listen to the children is really important. Our staff have been trained to use Emotion Coaching which is a tool that helps understand how a child is feeling, helps them link together their thoughts and feelings and find healthy ways to express themselves. Here is a handout to help share our learning with you so that you can use this skill at home. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to speak to Miss Sasaru in school.
Caring For Mental Health and Wellbeing Presentation link Mental Health is really important, especially as we continue in these difficult times. Many people have had their mental health impacted negatively due to the pandemic. We wanted to let you know the steps we are taking in school to help support everyone in our school community to be mentally healthy through this presentation. We hope you find this useful.
School Closures Update
As you may have seen in the news, maintaining our mental health and wellbeing is also very important at this time. We understand that it may be very challenging to adjust our lifestyles and isolate away from our loved ones. There is a lot of guidance on the NHS website and we want to offer more useful places to get advice on how to stay happy and healthy.
Wellbeing and education during school closures
‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately but also phonetically sounds like the name Annie. If a person is experiencing domestic abuse and needs immediate help, they can ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.
Full information can be found at:
Health for Kids | A fun and interactive resource for learning about health
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/conditions/anxiety/ (Advice on anxiety and methods to help)
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Please let us know of any thoughts or practices that you would like to see provided by the school – your opinion matters.
If you missed our Wellbeing coffee and cake session the link above will take you to the presentation
Wellbeing Session Feedback
Please find above the feedback from our Wellbeing coffee and cake session.
We will be running more Wellbeing sessions as soon as it is possible to do so.