Ensuring our students are at their peak mental fitness now and in the future is central to our drive to enable them to be Successful (by providing foundations for lifelong success) Creative (able to explore “real – life” and respond by being imaginative risk takers prepared to lead the future) Happy (develop understanding that allows their confidence to come from within).
As part of our approach at CHS we use the SEL Essentials (Social and Emotional Learning) which pervades all that we do and has a common language and ethos at its core.
Mental Fitness Framework for Learning
All students access our Mental Fitness Curriculum. This is explicitly embedded in their Respect Lessons and through the Pastoral Curriculum incorporating Well Being Wednesday form tutor sessions which reflect and deepen what is taught in Respect, further supplemented by Assemblies and specific focus weeks.
There are also implicit references to mental fitness in other curriuculum areas too; PE, Dance, Drama, Art and Music use creative approaches to instill in students the need for a healthy emotional balance in our lives. All subject teachers are fully aware of the pressures that learning can place on young people and thus ensure that issues such as exam stress, resilience and the importance of growth mindset form an integral part of the learning and assessment processes so that our young people can be the best that they can be. (link to MF Framework for learning)
We know that there are times when young people need a little bit of extra help to navigate the challenges of adolescence. We have a range of staged interventions that can be accessed in and out of school.
The first level of support incorporates a variety of small mechanisms. These include
· Online services such as Kooth and Health for Teens
· Direction to support websites
· Time out
· Access to a ‘quiet space’
· One to one time with Head of Year or mentor
Access to specific small group programmes such as Boost, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness Sessions
Referral to more bespoke in-school therapies on a one to one or small group basis which could include
· Thinc Room
· 42nd Street Counselling
· Music Therapy
· Drama Therapy
In some cases we may decide to make a referral to outside services such as
· Speech AND Language
· Educational Psychology
· School Nurse Service
Referral to Wave 2 and 3 in school interventions are made by your child’s Head of Year. Following referral they will be placed on the waiting list for the intervention that it is felt would best suit their need.
If at any time you feel your child’s mental health is putting them at risk of significant harm we advise that you contact your GP or take them to your nearest A&E
Please see the links below for further sources of help and advice.
(Information, resources and a sample Mental Health and Wellbeing policy for schools.