Pastoral Support @ St Mary’s

Our pastoral approach to social and emotional needs.

Our whole school approach allows adults to support children in a targeted way to help them be emotionally and socially ready for life.

Based on the latest research in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, our approach by trained practitioners allows us to assess gaps in a child’s development and plan to support the child in acquiring the social and emotional skills they need.

The approach is used throughout the school to plan for whole class development and helps to create positive relationships and interactions between peers. An initial class assessment enables class teachers to identify particular strands to work on, such as how to have different opinions without falling out or how to recognise when someone is unhappy or upset.

As a school we recognise the value in preparing children emotionally for the challenges they face in life, through building strength in their mental well-being as fellas their academic knowledge and skills.

For more information please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with one of the staff, (Tel: 01289 306170)

School Mental Health Lead and Well-being Support

Mr Hilton is the school’s Senior Mental Health Lead. Supporting families and children he is able to work with a range of services to provide the necessary guidance and signposting to enable the school to provide a robust approach to meeting the demands of mental health in St Mary’s.

As the senior Mental Health Lead, he receives regular training form local and national training providers, ensuring best practice in the school and supporting the training needs of all staff.

Mrs Logan will be part of a mental health programme within the North East of England, called Storm Break during the academic year 2022-23. This initiative is designed to provide staff with the tools to support emerging mental health needs post pandemic, as well as support whole school approaches to mental well-being.

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