MENTAL HEALTH, WELL-BEING AND MINDFULNESS
Promoting pupil wellbeing is more than just helping children to achieve better academically. A child’s wellbeing could be the key to their future happiness. Longitudinal research suggests that a child’s emotional health at the age of 16 is the strongest predictor of adult life satisfaction, and that primary school teachers can have an effect on the emotional wellbeing of their pupils that can last five years or more (Clark et al., 2018).
For a child to be successful in school they need to be well fed, sleeping well,
feeling safe at home, and have confidence in themselves. Maslow’s Hierarchy
of Needs is a popular theory which focuses on a series of needs to be successful.
Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who in 1943 published his hiera-
rchy of needs to explain human motivation. He considered there were five needs
–physiological, safety, love, esteem and self-actualisation and he put them in the
shape of a pyramid. This underpins our holistic approach to our children's education.
At Sauncey Wood, promoting and supporting our children's mental health and well-being is our priority. We understand that children will thrive and learn when they feel settled, safe and secure. Our staff team are trained in supporting children's mental health lead by Mr Lloyd and Mrs Vass who are our Mental health leaders. A few ways in which we support our children mental health and well-being include:
Growing Curious Minds
Encouraging active break and lunch times
Encouraging healthy life styles- exercise and cooking in our school kitchen
Trips and Visitors
Organise and take part in charity events
Good News Stories
Learning from others
Being positive role models
Using our manners
Keeping up to date with current and relevant practice that enhances our care and support
Jigsaw supports our PD learning
“I am relaxed and my breathing
“It makes me feel calm. I can
use it when I’m too excited.”
“I think it makes me feel a bit calmer, it helps me to concentrate.”
“It makes you feel more relaxed,
confident and calm.”
“It helps me to be a bit more awake and more relaxed.”
"It makes me feel calm. I do it every night when I’m in bed. It helps me fall asleep.”
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness means paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness. It is typically developed by a range of simple meditation practices, which aim to bring a greater awareness of thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns, and to develop the ability to manage these with greater skill and compassion.