All staff at New Ash Green are committed to supporting the ‘whole child’. We understand how important it is for us all to look after our mental health and well being.
The school has a Pastoral Team consisting of Mrs Davin (Deputy Head and Mental health lead), Mrs Evans (SENCO),Mrs Humphreys (Learning Mentor), Mrs Church (FLO) and Mrs Ham (School Counsellor).
This page outlines how we do this in school and signposts parent/ carers to additional support.
We work hard at our school to ensure we have systems in place to promote good mental health and well- being.
We have systems to identify where extra support may be needed and to evaluate the impact of this support.
We encourage all parents and carers to highlight or raise concerns about their child’s well- being and mental health with the class teacher or Family Liaison Officer.
Every child takes part in a daily check in to ensure all adults know how they are feeling and can follow up any concerns immediately.
All staff know and use the Six Ways to Well Being to support the planning of the curriculum. On a regular basis, teachers plan ways to develop children’s confidence to talk about their well- being and mental health.
On a termly basis, teachers review the children’s Leuven Scales to identify strengths and possible intervention needed. This information is reviewed with members of the Pastoral Team and Senior Leadership Team
Class teachers will make referrals to Mrs Humphreys, our learning mentor where it is felt than an additional intervention may support positive well-being and mental health.
This would be a short- term intervention, lasting approximately 8 weeks on a 1:1 basis.
Types of intervention: Lego Therapy, Listening Ear, ELSA, Draw and Talk. The class teacher will update parents on how children are progressing in an intervention with the Learning Mentor.
In liaison with parents, the school can refer a child for specialised support with our School Counsellor, Giselle Ham. The children have the choice to come to weekly sessions, initially for six weeks, in a confidential, safe and fun space. The one to one sessions are child centred and offer the opportunity for children to share their thoughts and feelings through talking, art, music and movement, story telling and game playing.
Working with therapeutic techniques linked to play have been shown to be highly effective in supporting children who experience a range of challenges with their mental wellbeing.
The Emotional Well-Being Team in Kent (EWT) are committed to early intervention and prevention of mental health difficulties, while promoting emotional well-being.
For more information, please contact Mrs Davin.
Parents and carers – Kent Resilience Hub
Sheffield Children’s NHS
Some useful resources to support mental health and children with additional needs
Talking to your child about the Coronavirus
The Anna Freud Centre.
A selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing. During a time when access to regular appointments may be disrupted or anxiety might be heightened, it might be helpful to try one or some of these strategies
A toolkbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption.
How to cope when you can’t go to school because of the coronavirus – Newsround video
Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 10-16 years (up to 17th birthday) in Kent with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and well-being needs, from a professional team of qualified counsellors.