At Eldon Grove Academy, our priority is that each child experiences a loving, caring and stimulating environment in which they feel secure, and where they can develop academically and socially. We want all of our pupils to feel respected and to have a voice. We encourage and promote respect for everyone. Eldon Grove Academy has a dedicated Well-being Faculty, which comprises of a cross section of school staff (teachers, Classroom Assistants, SENDCo, Parent Support Advisor and School Business Manager).
The aim of the faculty is to improve the social, emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of all the school’s stakeholders. The faculty meets half termly and feeds back termly to the senior leaders in school. We work closely with outside agencies to explore different ways to support staff and pupils with their health and well-being.
The faculty has recently been exploring ‘Mindfulness’ and this approach to reducing stress and anxiety for everyone. CPD was provided for all teaching staff and two members of the faculty are also attending extra training in this field to be able to further support our pupils.
We want everyone at Eldon Grove Academy to be happy, healthy and aspirational. The faculty works hard to ensure that we fulfil this aim through discrete lessons and through special day/week events. However, it is also embedded in all curriculum areas such as: PE, RE, Collective Worship, P4C (Philosophy 4 Children) and Science. Our priority is for all staff and pupils to feel appreciated, valued and equipped to deal with any challenges they may face in the future. We are committed to providing the best environment that we can so that your child can enjoy good health and wellbeing throughout their time at Eldon Grove Academy and in the years ahead.
The Department for Education recognise that :
‘In order to help their pupils succeed schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy. Moreover, schools have a duty to promote the wellbeing of pupils’.
We are currently using Great Dream as our assembly themes in order to promote these ideas right through school.
We currently have two trained ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) in school. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists who apply psychological knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to particular areas of need and to specific casework.
Action for Happiness http://www.actionforhappiness.org
Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk
Mental Health Educator https://www.pookyknightsmith.com
Our pupils have accessed mindfulness sessions and learned strategies to help them deal with strong emotions and to help them feel relaxed.
Yoga sessions - EYFS
Our Early Years classes have also participated in a yoga session.
If you have any suggestions for the wellbeing faculty or would like to attend our next meeting. Please contact Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 10th October 2019, we really focused on connecting with others for World Mental Health Day. We had tea and talk for staff, juice and a jibber jabber for pupils, we’ve walked a mile together and enjoyed taking part in the live BBC lesson.