Welcome to the Mental Health and Wellbeing part of our school website. This is a new section and it will continue to be updated with more content. Please continue checking this page for new information.
We take the wellbeing and mental health of students and staff very seriously in Fosse Way School. We understand how important our mental health is for achieving positive long term outcomes. Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
Students in school are supported daily through several different approaches led by our teachers and teaching assistants. These include the use of zones of regulation, emotion coaching, active listening, focusing on our school values, positive and proactive behaviour management approaches, social and emotional learning as part of our curriculum, So Safe programme, mindfulness and yoga, and sensory diet provision, amongst many others.
We have a team of therapists who work with us on site. These include speech and language therapists and a music therapist. Our students also have access to a school counsellor (in secondary and Post 16 areas of the school). We have a team of ELSAs who work with students on their emotional literacy skills. We are able to provide more targeted support to those who need it e.g. learning how to manage anxiety.
We work closely with external agencies, when appropriate, to coordinate more specialist mental health provision for those of our students who need it.
We try to promote healthy ways of living, including approaches that support good mental health. We promote proactive approaches that are known to improve our mental health and help us stay healthy.
We have a senior designated mental health lead in school – Bea Makin. You can contact the school and ask to speak to Bea if you are worried about your child’s mental health.
There are also a lot of things students and families can do at home to support their mental health and the mental health of their loved ones. Below is a list of ideas and resources for you to explore:
The Five Ways to Wellbeing :
Connect: Spend time with family and friends. Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.
Be active: It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good
Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby, or learn about something just because it interests you.
Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.
Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!
You can text a school nurse for confidential health advice (including mental health) :
ChatHealth is a text messaging service available 9-4.30 Mon –Fri
Look out for more information around school/college.
The text number is 07507334357
Or go to chathealth.nhs.uk to start a chat
https://www.kooth.com/ – online mental wellbeing community
Shout 85285 – Anna Freud Centre Crisis Messenger
The AFC Crisis Messenger text service is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. The service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better.
We can help with issues such as anxiety, worry, panic attacks, bullying and depression and are here to talk at any time of day or night.
If you need support, you can text AFC to 85258.
- https://www.youngminds.org.uk/ – detailed website with advice and links for young people experiencing mental health problems
- School nurses : https://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/childrens/school-nursing/