Hello and welcome to Horizon Primary Academy's Wellbeing page. My name is Debbie and I am the school's Well-being Coordinator. I hope from here you will be able to access a wide range of information and support for you and your child. As you scroll down this page don't forget to take a look on the links (children's faces) where you can find out more about what we are doing as a school to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
What is wellbeing and why is it so important?
The Department for Education (DFE) recognises that "in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy". Here at Horizon we adopt a whole school approach where all staff value and recognise the need to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in every child. We place great value on developing the whole child-academically, socially and emotionally. The skills needed throughout life can be taught and learnt at any age; all aspects of a child and young person's experience in and out of school, contribute to their personal and social development and, as a school, we feel it is important that we share that role with parents, carers and families.
Who are the key people?
- Miss Debbie Stoner- Wellbeing Coordinator & Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
- Mrs Helen Rawlinson-Rowbotham- Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
- All staff play an intrinsic role in supporting our children's wellbeing.
How do we provide wellbeing support at Horizon?
- Full time Well-being Coordinator accessible to both children and their families daily.
- Emotional Literacy Support Sessions offered to children.
- Family support offered in school to parents/carers.
- Children's well-being surveyed and outcomes and goals put in place to support children. (Kent Healthy Schools)
- Signposting children and families to appropriate support, agencies and professionals outside of school.
- Well-being information is shared where appropriate to relevant members of staff weekly.
- Friendship groups and individual work with children daily to build upon broken relationships and to promote 'antibullying' within our school.
- Individual interventions for children with our Well-being Coordinator or Emotional Literacy Support Assistants around issues such as behaviour, self esteem, anger management, bereavement, family breakdowns, anxiety etc.
- Scouts, P4C and democratic circles enable children to have a voice, to question and to make decisions that will impact their future within the community they live in.
- Healthy Lunch Times- Healthy school meals, meat free Mondays and packed lunch box guidance.
- Curriculum that integrates the development of social and emotional skills within all subject areas.
- Senior Leadership team alongside their staff team fully recognise and value the need to identify and support mental health and emotional wellbeing concerns early.
- Appropriate behaviour management systems in place.
- Staff development on subjects around mental health and emotional wellbeing.
- Horizon Hang Out- a space for parents to meet to promote their own wellbeing and provides an opportunity to share parenting support and advice.
- Parenting and family support offered individually or in groups.
- Free after school nurture groups with our Well-being Coordinator aimed at promoting children's self esteem, confidence, relationships and wellbeing.
- Two designated 'safe spaces' that act as a haven for children and a safe environment where they can talk about their worries or concerns.
- All staff are kept up to date with training such as attachment theory, mental health, safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children.
- Year 5 & 6 pupils trained as 'active listeners' and mentors to younger peers.
- Playtime interventions and lunch time groups with our Well-being Coordinator which are adaptable to meet the current needs of children, for example building on social skills & relationships.
- Child friendly policies alongside adult policies on subjects such as e-safety and anti bullying.
How do I access this support?
You will see me (Debbie) at the gate greeting you each morning- it is important that both children and families see a familiar face and feel comfortable in sharing information regarding the child's wellbeing that may affect them throughout the day. The school home learning contact books are a great way to share information directly with the teaching staff, but if it is something that you need to share face to face and in more detail, please do come and speak to me at the gate and we can make an appointment to discuss any support that we can offer as a school. Your child's wellbeing is paramount and at Horizon all staff work hard to ensure your child has a positive experience at school.
What is the wellbeing award?
The wellbeing award is not only our opportunity as a school to recognise and evidence the exceptional work we do as a school to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils and staff but also allows us to enhance and reflect upon our practice. The award is an opportunity to take the whole school community forward in raising awareness of emotional wellbeing and mental health.
What are the principles behind the award?
Emotional wellbeing and mental health are a continuum. Related issues can range from positive attitudes and behaviour, through to experiences of emotional distress and mental disorder.
Schools already experience and manage emotional issues on a daily basis; the objectives is to minimise the impact of such issues and maximise the effectiveness of any responses.
Emotional wellbeing covers a range of dimensions, such as resilience, character building, relationships and self-esteem, etc. Understanding both developmental and mental health awareness is critical.
Creating a positive school culture requires a whole school approach that is led from the top while involving all in the school community.
What are the award objectives?
- The school is committed to promoting and protecting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health by achieving the wellbeing award for schools
- The school has a clear vision and strategy for promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health, which is communicated to all involved with the school.
- The school has a positive culture which regards the emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all.
- The school actively promotes staff emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- The school priorities professional learning and staff development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- The school understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the whole school community and has systems in place to respond appropriately.
- The school actively seeks the ongoing participation of the whole-school community in its approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- The school works in partnership with other schools, agencies and available specialist services to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Horizon Primary Academy has achieved their Kent Enhanced Healthy School Status by meeting whole school outcomes addressing: Emotional Health and Wellbeing of their pupils