Emotional Health and Well-Being
At Golcar JI&N School we recognise that we have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all our pupils. We do this in a range of ways across school, including tailoring approaches to the needs of individual pupils. We fully accept that we have a duty to promote the welfare of our pupils; including preventing the impairment of pupil health or development, and to take action to enable all pupils to have the best outcome.
Promoting good emotional health and well-being for all of our pupils is a priority of the school. Our general and tailored provision, including staff training and access to services for families, has been a focus of school development for a number of years. Please see the information below which details some of the school wide provision on offer.
We continue to strive to enhance our school offer and are pleased to be part of the Kirklees trailblazer programme 'Mental Health Support Team' and to be working towards becoming an accredited 'Nurturing School' with Nurture UK. In addition, we have a number of trained 'Mental Health First Aiders' who are able to offer support and advice to our staff, pupils, parents and carers.
Kirklees Mental Health Support Teams Trailblazer Project
Through our participation in the project we are able to access enhanced support via specialist teams to give vulnerable pupils the extra help that they need. Mental Health support teams are made up of specially trained expert practitioners who provide early intervention support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. They also help staff in identifying and supporting pupils with mental health needs.
At Golcar JIN School, the MSHT Project has so far provided a number of our pupils with access to an Educational Mental Health Practitioner with whom they are able to speak to about their worries and concerns. This service is in addition to the Key Person and Behaviour and Inclusion Support Worker already offered in school.
As part of the MHST project, we are able to access a wider range of staff training to enhance the knowledge and skills of our team and further extend the in school provision. Training undertaken has included;
- supporting children's well-being in the early years
- assessment and identification of SEMH in schools
- staff well-being
- adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and resilience
- staff supervision
- supporting children and staff in schools in dealing with bereavement
- SEMH governor training
- whole school relational policy
Future developments to enhance our mental health support include plans to enhance parental understanding of childhood experiences upon development and improving community support for parents and families. Our MHST community worker will be supporting this area of development. Look our for flyers for our latest events.
National Nurturing Schools Accreditation
The National Nurturing Schools Programme allows staff to develop and embed a nurturing culture throughout their schools, enhancing teaching and learning, promoting healthy outcomes for children and young people, all by focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning in a whole-school environment.
For schools to gain recognition for achieving a higher level of nurturing provision, there is the opportunity to apply for The National Nurturing School Award, assessed and awarded by nurtureuk.
At Golcar JIN School, we have worked to enhance and extend our nuture offer throughout the school and are currently in the process of achieving accreditation in recognition of this. The accreditation is a way in which we are able to demonstrate that we value children's well-being and mental health as a vital part of their learning.
As part of the accreditation process, we have enhanced our nurture offer by:
- increasing the nurturing interventions available for our pupils through staff training, resource provision and early identification of needs
- developing a school wide understanding of the 6 Principles of Nurture
- enhancing our work with community partners
- involving pupils in developing and evaluating their own learning
- ensuring nurture principles are incorporated into policy, planning, curriculum and the environment
- developing the culture and understanding of individual well-being across the school.
Please see the file below for more information about what nurturing provision means for our school community.
Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is an independent charity, working closely with NHS and Kirklees Council health and care services. Our staff and volunteers provide essential services supporting the health and wellbeing of Kirklees children, young people and families.
Despite Covid, Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust continues to support young people and work together with families, schools and other organisations. We're still available 8-8 Mon to Fri and 10-1 on Saturdays, just as we always have been. We're mostly using video calls and phone calls instead of one-to-one and group sessions, but if we can meet safely and it's really needed, we can meet you in person. if you need our support, we're here for you. You can still contact us as usual.
The Chill 'N' Chat started as parents and carers told us they wanted more time to chat and look at resources. At our sessions, you can share your experiences with other people in similar situations, ask for information and advice from Northorpe Hall staff and spend time looking at resources and websites.
Chill 'N' Chat sessions are designed to promote self care. The environment is relaxed, refreshments are provided as well as some optional pamper activities to promote not only self care but personal emotional wellbeing.
Note: Due to covid restrictions Chill N Chat will now take place online via Zoom.