Evidence shows that across the UK, mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. Young people today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their life.
We are committed to providing an environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in our school can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives. To celebrate and acknowledge this, this year we are beginning our journey to achieving the ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’. This will be a long, but exciting journey to receiving accreditation for the high level of importance we place on the Wellbeing of everyone involved with the school.
Emotional wellbeing is a one indicator of academic achievement and of long-term success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools can lead to significant improvements in children’s future prospects and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools has also been shown to lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
At London Fields Primary School we believe that there should be a greater focus on prevention. We aim to reduce the stigma around talking about our own wellbeing and to develop children’s emotional intelligence and emotional literacy. ‘Emotional intelligence’ refers a person's overall ability to deal with their emotions, while ‘emotional literacy’ suggests a person's ability to communicate their emotions through words and read them in others. We are committed to supporting all of our pupils to learn the following:
- Knowing emotions. Recognising a feeling as it happens.
- Managing emotions. How to reassure themselves when they feel anxious or upset.
- Self-Motivation. How to be in charge of their emotions, rather than controlled by them.
- Empathy. To be aware of what another person is feeling.
- Handling relationships. To build respectful relationships with others.
To achieve this we will be implementing many different strategies, including drawing inspiration from ‘Zones of Regulation’ to support the children to be able talk about and reflect on how they are feeling and why. This is to all to help their minds ‘feel well’.