Our aim at Broomwood, is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and be a school where:
To teach our children at Broomwood School to be resilient and have a growth mind set which provides them with strategies for success and enables them to take ownership of their learning and feel pride in their accomplishments.
A person’s mental health relates to how they think, feel and behave in everyday life, especially in regards to the ability to enjoy life and bounce back from setbacks. Through teaching resilience the children at Broomwood are supported to bring about change that makes their lives more fulfilling and enjoyable. It encourages them to have long term strength and have capacity to bounce back from challenges.
A school approach with a focus on resilience engages the whole community including parents and all school staff to better understand how they tackle and deal with the ‘tricky’ circumstances that we all face as we grow.
The Resilience Framework teaching highlights ordinary things that can be done to promote resilience for all children including those facing complex and difficult situations in their lives.
Through the curriculum opportunities offered in PSHE and the cross curricular topic approach the children are able to build their self- esteem, promoting competence and working towards a range of personal and achievable goals that develop their resilience.
There is a consistent approach to raising awareness of mental health across the school appreciating the significance of the child’s emotional well- being. It is recognised how the children think, feel and behave in everyday life is reflected in the use of an emotional well-being scale visual in the classroom and focus sessions on well-being topics.
Explicitly teach social and emotional skills, attitudes and values and integrate this learning into mainstream processes of school life.
Encourage parents to become involved in their child’s well-being. Offering workshops and learning platforms that empower them.
Pupil voice and school council encourages children to take some responsibility for their own well-being where the children Health Champions play a key role in supporting and mentoring their peers.
Engage children through encouraging pupil voice, authentic involvement in learning, decision –making and peer led activities.
Offering extra-curricular activities that the children may choose to join such as yoga club and mindfulness club give an opportunity for the children to develop further their own coping mechanisms for positive well-being.
Broomwood School encourages positive mental health for all children . It celebrates children’s achievements both individually and collectively through numerous reward systems and approaches including sticker charts, marble treats and star of the week activities.
For those children who may need additional support the school provides focus groups that address specific mental health topics that give the child skills to enjoy life and bounce back from set- backs.
Provide more intense work on social and emotional skill development for pupils in difficulties, including 1:1 and group work. Use specialist staff to initiate innovative programmes.
Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of children, staff with a specific, relevant remit include: