At Milverton School we believe all children deserve an excellent education that prepares them academically and emotionally for the challenges they will face inside the classroom, and for the world around them. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing education in schools can lead to significant improvements in children's mental health and social and emotional skills. This is why we prioritise the social, emotional and mental wellbeing pf all our children in school. 
We have various strategies in place to increase wellbeing in our school community. Children learn and adults work better when they feel fulfilled and have the tools to be able to cope with the usual ups and downs of everyday life. The following are some of the things we have put in place:

Emotion Coaching

All staff have received training in Emotion Coaching. This is a technique that involves supporting children to recognise, understand and manage their feelings. It uses the analogy of a clenched fist for the brain, and explains the gradual and cumulative process of children becoming angry or anxious; this is termed 'flipping their lids' and gives them strategies of how they can regulate these upsetting emotions and bring their 'lids' back down.

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ELSA

These are one to one sessions that children have with a TA trained in Emotional Literacy. The sessions can focus on self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, self esteem. Usually, these sessions run for half and hour and run to 8 sessions.

 

Self Regulation Group

This is a group set up by the school's Occupational Therapist that supports children who find regulating their energy levels difficult after playtime and are not ready to concentrate. Children work with a trained TA for 5 to 10 minutes after break time and lunch using strategies to calm their mind and body for learning.

 

Forest School

For information on our wonderful Forest School sessions please go to our Forest School page

 

National Trailblazer Project 

Milverton School is part of the National Trailblazer project. Mental Health Support Teams provide early intervention on some mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, such as mild to moderate anxiety. They also support school staff provide a 'whole school' approach' to mental health and wellbeing. The teams will act as a link with local children and young people's mental health services and be supervised by NHS staff.

 

Wellbeing Team

As a result of the being involved with the Trailblazer project the school are developing a wellbeing team which consists of staff, governors, parents and pupils. This team of people work together to ensure the profile of mental health is raised in the school amongst children and staff.

 

Hello Yellow Day

Each year we recognise that it's World Mental Health Day by taking part in 'Hello Yellow'. Each class takes part in an activity designed to raise awareness about mental health and the importance of keeping minds healthy, as well as healthy bodies. It's wonderful to see cheerful bursts of yellow across the school! This year on @hello Yellow Day' children learnt about embracing and celebrating our differences, whilst remembering that we all have a lot in common beneath the surface. We also thought about how Milverton School serves as a wonderful, warm community that is here to support each child and all the grown-ups associated with the school. 

    

       

 

Resources for Parents

Young Minds website

BBC Bitesize Parents' Toolkit

Mental Health Foundation: Guide for Parents and Carers

CAMHS Resources

Kids Health website