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Mental Health & Wellbeing at Starbeck


  • The Local Authority Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum
  • Weekly ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ class assemblies focusing on the key skills
  • Wellbeing weeks (e.g. Mental Health Week) planned into the school year
  • Local Authority agreed RE syllabus covering a range of religions and themes
  • Outdoor learning (including Starbeck Stars) entitlement for all children
  • Teaching of the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
  • Understanding and supporting community and national charities and initiatives, such as Children in Need
  • Focused sessions supporting the needs of the class or individuals
  • SEMH interventions

5 Key Skills

Behaviour and Attitudes

  • High expectations of all pupilsBehaviour and Attitudes
  • School rules displayed in all areas of the school
  • Head boy, head girl and school council elections allowing pupils a voice in school and providing role-models for our school expectations.
  • Reward and sanctions, that are fair and consistent.
  • Celebration assembly, recognising achievements in and out of school.
  • Welfare/wellbeing check-ins for individuals and groups.
  • Adaptations to the environment and learning to enable individuals to achieve
  • Supported playtimes, with alternative activities, friendship groups and check-in sessions
  • Engaging lessons and topics, making learning exciting
  • Monitoring and analysing of attendance, including first day absence calls and meetings
  • Any concerns/issues dealt with quickly and taken seriously
  • Positive relationships with parents/carer
  • Any discrimination is challenged and not tolerated

Personal Development

  • Personal DevelopmentA variety of clubs available to all pupils, at lunchtime and after school, including sports, games and music
  • Transition meetings for all stages of transition, new class, new Key Stage, new school
  • Promoting aspirations and goals for the future and later in life
  • Staff model how to be responsible and respectful, high expectations for the pupils
  • Democracy taught through school council, head boy and head girl elections
  • Discussion of current affairs weekly through media such as Newsround
  • An understanding and appreciation of diversity through focus weeks, local and national events, e.g. Black History Month
  • Celebrating individuals and developing respect for each other

Adaptations made due to the recent pandemic

  • Adaptions madeOn-going pastoral and SEMH support to individuals – now linked to Catch-up funding and sessions
  • Adjusted curriculum, additional well-being and mental health focus weeks and weekly teaching sessions
  • Vulnerable and key worker provision throughout the lockdown period
  • Keeping-in-touch phone calls from staff to class members
  • Online virtual learning for all children, paper packs delivered for those who have no computer access
  • Vulnerable families - weekly contact and support.
  • Delivering of food parcels and vouchers
  • Welfare house visits when needed or requested
  • Reintegration of key year groups as defined by the government
  • Transition meetings with children not in the returning key year groups
  • All the above resulted in the return of all of our children at the beginning of the year (September 2020)

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