At Christ Church Primary and Nursery Academy, we aim to promote positive mental health and well-being for our whole school community; pupils, staff, parents and carers, supporting these parties in recognising how important mental health and emotional well-being is to our lives in just the same way as physical health.
Why Mental Health and Well-Being is Important At our school?
We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. Persistent mental health problems may lead to pupils having significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of those of the same age.
Why a whole-school or college approach
It’s well established that mental health and wellbeing influences children and young people’s cognitive development and learning, as well as their social and emotional health. Children and young people struggling with mental health problems are unlikely to be able to learn effectively and are more likely to be absent from school or college so staff working in schools and colleges are ideally placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health problems in children and young people.
A whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing are become best practice.
They can improve attendance, attainment, reduce bullying, and can help identify difficulties sooner before problems escalate.
Children and young people who are considered most at risk, (e.g., those with existing or emerging mental health difficulties, or additional needs) are most likely to benefit. In 2020, the Anna Freud Centre surveyed more than 6,000 teachers about the types of policies and practices their schools had in place. It found that most teachers said their school had policies in place which referenced mental health, but only 12% of primary schools had a practical framework to support a whole-school approach to mental health.
We All Have Mental Health is an animation designed to create a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it.