I feel one of the most important factors that allows the children to progress academically is the children feel listened to and valued as individuals enabling them to focus on their education as they feel safe and nurtured. Parent
Here at Staverton Primary, we understand the need for everyone in our school to have a healthy lifestyle. We actively promote physical and emotional health, and aim to equip pupils with the understanding and skills they need to make informed decisions about their health, both now and in the future.
We use a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) resources called Jigsaw to help us provide engaging lessons around a range of subjects. The images below show the range of the curriculum we cover, taken from the Jigsaw website.
We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better;
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries;
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships;
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count;
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’;
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.
Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
Lead staff members:
Mrs Ruth Nelmes, our school SENDCo and Mental Health Lead
Mrs Kaye, our dedicated and accredited Mental Health First Aider.
Mrs Harlin, our Forest School lead.
Our dedicated team offer a range of support for children, including Forest School sessions, Drawing and Talking, and social and emotional interventions.
Northamptonshire Healthier Child Project
The school is participating in the highly commended, award nominated ‘Healthier Child Project’ in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council. A Healthy Child Advisor works with the school to further incorporate aspects of the Healthier Child Initiative into our school day. Should you wish to find out more please go to the link in the sidebar : www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/healthierchild.
The school regards healthy eating as paramount to children’s overall health and well being. The school has taken part in a Cancer Research UK project to explore the views of primary school children in relation to unhealthy food advertising. The findings from this research will help CRUK and other organisations working in the food policy area within the UK.
Please find guidance for encouraging healthy eating and our Food Policy in the side bar.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and have a duty to ensure the health and well being of all children in order for them to be successful learners in a learning environment that is clean, healthy and safe for everyone. The school has procedures in place which are effectively implemented to deal with children taken ill at school. These procedures are outlined in our Pupil Illness Policy which can be found on the side bar and our Policies page.
We work with parents to follow the published guidance by Public Health England regarding infection control in schools. Please use the link in the side bar to the guidance for further information for parents.
In line with our Administering Medicines Policy, medicines can only be administered that have been prescribed by a doctor or some other authorised person and where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the day. Non-prescription medicines cannot be administered by staff but parents/carers can make arrangements at lunch time to administer the medication to their child as necessary.
Please find below the school’s Medication Consent Form that can be printed, completed and returned to school with the necessary medication. Alternatively, this form can be obtained from the School Office.