Pupil Wellbeing & Pastoral Support
Our first priority at Middleton is always to make children's school experience a safe, positive and happy one, as reflected in our Pupil Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy and within our Rights Respecting Schools ethos. There will inevitably, however, be times when some children will encounter difficulties and need extra support. Whether this be due to circumstances at home or within school, we encourage children to share with us any worries they have. We also welcome approaches from parents/carers to discuss concerns they may have about aspects of their child's wellbeing (emotional or physical).
In many cases, the class teacher or teaching assistant is able to offer the support needed due to the strong relationships that are nurtured between staff and children in all classes. When a more targeted level of intervention may be appropriate, we have two members of staff focussed on supporting our children's wellbeing: our Learning Mentor, Mrs Helena Harne (in school on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays), and our full-time ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), Mrs Jo Hewitt. Their role is to support children with any emotional, personal, social or behavioural issues they may be experiencing. In circumstances where we have identified the need for some additional support, Either Mrs Harne or Mrs Hewitt will take individuals or small groups of children away from class for a short period. Sometimes this will just be giving the child a little time and space to talk, share any worries or be offered some encouragement and guidance. In other cases, there will be an ongoing programme of support, which may involve other children in activities to help build personal and social skills.
Mrs Harne and Mrs Hewitt will also liaise with parents and carers, and are always very willing to make themselves available to talk to anyone who is concerned about their child's welfare. They can be contacted by telephone through the School Office, or via email at:
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If parents have any concerns about their child's health or welfare, we can also arrange for a discussion or appointment with external professionals, such as the school health team. In addition, if we believe that a child's emotional needs require more specialist support than we can offer we will arrange for a confidential discussion with you to consider this. For example, it may be that a referral to CAMHS (the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) or to the Mental Health Support Team that we are affiliated to is appropriate.
We also have put together the following links for parents/carers that may help to enhance children's well-being at home:
- Wellbeing Workshop for Middleton parents with therapist Nikki Disney
- Guide to available Support Services and how to contact them
- Place2Be: Improving Children's Mental Health
- NSPCC: Promoting Children's Health and Wellbeing
- Talking to children about their mental health
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing at Home