Pupil wellbeing is very important to us at Bodiam. It is at the heart of our school and is the responsibility of everyone: teachers, pupils, support staff, parents and the wider community.
In the same way we all have fluctuating physical health needs, we all have mental and emotional health needs too. We work very hard as a school to support our pupils to develop a positive attitude to mental health and to build resilience through difficult times.
We encourage pupils to have open conversations around their feelings, to learn how to express themselves and their emotions, to self-regulate when they are feeling upset or angry, and to develop strategies to keep themselves emotionally and mentally healthy.
Any concerns are passed to our SENDCO or Designated Safeguarding Leads as appropriate to ensure children are properly supported in school.
We work in close partnership with outside agencies, including the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the ESCC Educational Psychology team and Behaviour Support to ensure the best outcomes for our children.
The NSPCC offer support for children's mental health and can be accessed here:
The BBC have also put together a toolkit for parents to support their children's mental health:
Young Minds also support parents through challenges with their children's mental health:
Getting advice for mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing difficulties: