At Nether Kellet Primary, we are highly committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, their families and our staff members.
Curriculum and Ethos
Our curriculum is designed to include many opportunities for our children to develop a growth mindset and also qualities and attributes that will help them in school and also in the wider world for the rest of their life. These are summed up by our Planet Inspiration characters:
Independence, Perseverance, Resilience, Cooperation, Communication, Creativity, Decision Making, and Risk Taking.
We enable our children to develop themselves personally, socially and emotionally through a structured PSHE curriculum that includes specific programmes such as Life Education and Kidsafe (a programme aimed at safeguarding our children). We also have assembly themes that are frequently about developing the children personally and socially.
At our school we aim to:
- help children understand their emotions and feelings better;
- help children feel comfortable sharing their worries or concerns;
- help children to form and maintain healthy relationships;
- promote self-esteem and encourage children to be confident and that they matter;
- help children to be persistent even when faced with challenges;
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks;
- help children to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’;
- help children to develop sense of responsibility for themselves and others as appropriate.
Our ethos in school is that we work together very much as a team and understand both our rights and responsibilities and have care, respect and empathy for each other. As such, our children are in a very safe and supportive environment within school.
Nether Kellet CP School
Rights and Responsibilities
- I have the right to be heard.
- I have the responsibility to listen to others.
- I have the right to be safe and healthy.
- I have the responsibility to keep myself and others safe and healthy.
- I have the right to learn.
- I have the responsibility to do my best at all times and look after equipment.
- I have the right to have friends.
- I have the responsibility to be kind to others.
- I have the right to be myself.
- I have the responsibility to respect others’ differences.
Challenges that may face our children and families:
We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable at times and anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that mental health is everyone’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Support available for our children and their families:
At the first stage, we provide in-house support:
For children with emotional and mental health needs we devise individual strategies and supports for them, this might include working individually or as part of a small group on emotional issues maybe: managing emotions, expressing emotions or dealing with emotions. It may involve devising a specific system or routine that will help that individual child.
Early Help Referrals:
Where there is a need that we don’t feel we can meet in school we seek help from other agencies through Early Help. We are able to refer our children and families for support by a range of outside agencies including counselling by Child Action Northwest or YMCA, family support from the Child and Family Wellbeing Service, CAMHS, parenting classes run locally; school nurse support, etc. We are proactive in seeking help where this is required and welcome any parents requesting this support for their family or individual child.
We have strong links with local support for children and family mental health through the Lancaster & Morecambe Integrated CAMHS and Children’s Psychological Service and more information about what they offer may be found here: https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/help
We also send information directly to parents via email and post it on our community noticeboard to give information about services, workshops and upcoming events.