Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Wellbeing

 The Discovery School are the proud recipients of the Wellbeing Award for Schools in recognition of the outstanding work we do with our children and community around mental health.

At The Discovery School we value the social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and wellbeing of our children above all else.

The mental health and wellbeing of our pupils is a core thread that runs through every facet of school life at The Discovery School.  This is driven by our leadership team and school governors and is supported by every member of staff in school. 

Social and emotional skills can improve academic attainment, enhance pupils' motivation as well as promote wellbeing and help prevent mental health difficulties from developing. When children have good levels of mental health and wellbeing it helps them to:

  • learn and explore the world,

  • feel, express and manage the full range of emotions, 

  • form and maintain good relationships with others,

  • cope with and manage: change, setbacks and uncertainty,

  • develop and thrive.

 As a school, we aim to help develop the children's mental health and wellbeing through our curriculum and the opportunities we provide all of our pupils.  We actively teach them to develop their social skills, understand what wellbeing is and how to maintain it, manage their emotions, build and sustain relationships, be confident, be self-aware and to work in a team.

 

Below you will find a wealth of information and resources for each of the following areas of wellbeing.  We are constantly developing this area of our website so please always check back for updates.

Wellbeing during COVID-19

Promoting wellbeing and good mental health in children

Developing and Maintaining Friendships

Managing Feelings

Resilience and Self Esteem

Growth Mindset

Wellbeing support for children who have additional special educational needs

 

Every member of staff is trained in promoting wellbeing and in identifying children who may be finding things difficult.  We have established the SEMH Team to identify, track and monitor the wellbeing needs of our children and the provision in place to support them.

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our wider school community

We have a saying at The Discovery School that you can't pour from an empty cup and therefore we value the mental wellbeing of all of the adults in our school community just as much as we do the children's!

We celebrated Children's Mental Health Awareness week back in February. Adults may find the following websites and resources helpful:

Mental Health Foundation - Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Steps to Wellbeing

Mind

NHS Mental Health Services

You may also find the information on the wellbeing during COVID and promotion of wellbeing in children pages of this website helpful.