Wellbeing & Mental Health

We support the wellbeing of our students both through our curriculum and in our response to concerns.

Our Guidance Team is alert to issues of wellbeing and, where possible, works to prevent or pre-empt problems. Directors of Learning and their Deputies know the children in their care very well and are well supported by the Form Tutors, who see the students every day. They are quick to intervene as problems might arise.

The Listening Service is a service provided by the school. It is led by our Student Wellbeing Coordinator Debbie Skinner who is there to listen and support your child in a confidential, relaxed and friendly setting in The Den, 30 minutes a week for approximately six – twelve weeks. Debbie is very experienced working with young people and has a Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling gained at the University of Cambridge. Together with your child, Debbie will explore ways to help them move forward and find strategies for coping when needed. Debbie is there to liaise with students, families and staff to gain an understanding of individual children’s needs. The young person is encouraged to express their feelings and thoughts about their problem so they can understand themselves, gain awareness about their behaviours, thoughts and feelings and therefore work on and improve ways of coping with family issues, friends and peer/group issues, self-development, anxiety and low mood. We also offer crisis sessions to students who may have experienced a trauma such as a bereavement. Plans are put in place and communicated to all stakeholders to support the students' wellbeing. Through working closely with the safeguarding team Debbie liaises with, and signposts to external agencies including children and adolescent mental health services. Before any session, a referral form needs to be completed and sent to Debbie via post or email d.skinner@fehs.set.education. Where appropriate we require consent from you as the child’s parent/carer before Debbie starts working with your child.

Further Information - The Listening ServiceReferral FormOur Nurturing Schools approach is also hugely supportive of students’ wellbeing. We try to make our school as a whole and each individual classroom a safe space where students feel supported and understood. We teach in a student-centred way, allowing space for choice and exploration where possible. You will find more about Nurturing Schools elsewhere on the website.

Please visit our Safeguarding page for more information and some helpful links.

SafeguardingOur PSHE curriculum has a clear focus on wellbeing issues. In Year 7, students are supported in transition by beginning with the unit ‘Be Positive’ learning how to adapt to change, manage worries and adopt a positive mindset. In Year 8, students cover an Emotional Wellbeing Unit understanding the difference between every day and overwhelming feelings, the importance of reaching out to our support network, managing anxious feelings and using mindfulness techniques to overcome the stress response. They also cover a unit on Health where they understand the impact of healthy and unhealthy eating behaviours and the importance of sleep for wellbeing. In Year 9, students cover an Emotional Wellbeing unit where they understand the PERMA Model, a scientific theory of happiness, the importance of positive self-talk and language in framing our emotional health and analysing the impact of social media on positive wellbeing. In Y10 and Y11, students will spend a day off-timetable focusing on emotional wellbeing and covering topics such as healthy coping strategies, emotional literacy, how to develop resilience, the science of anxiety and how to overcome it, how to manage stress and the importance of self-regulation regarding drugs and alcohol. There is a strong focus on recognising how the mind and body are inter-dependant, on encouraging our students to talk with a trusted adult about how they feel, no matter how small it may seem to them, and on understanding that even small changes can make a big difference to our emotional wellbeing.

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