At Hazlewood Community Primary School, we understand the importance of children’s mental health. We aim to care for the children’s mental health through our approachable, nurturing approach and environment.
Children from EYFS to Year 6 are taught about emotions and how to verbalise these feelings in an age appropriate way through the PSHE curriculum. During each academic year your child will focus on relationships and how these may affect mental health. We hope by giving the children in our care the ability to discuss their mental health we will prepare them for high school and the rest of their lives. Miss Hodgeon works closely with outside agencies such as the Anna Freud Centre to ensure that Mental Health is discussed in an accessible way at school.
If a child is struggling with Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues then we have a range of interventions we can offer them at school. Miss Hodgeon leads a Nurture group at break and lunch times where children can go to talk if they are feeling upset. This will then be shared with the appropriate staff and actions will be put into place. Our school have bought into interventions that are specific to raising the mental health of those who need it such as Talkabout for Children. This intervention helps children who have low self-esteem to talk about themselves in a positive way.
Within school we can refer to an outside agency such as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) if we think this is appropriate and will support you and your family through this.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health then please make an appointment to speak to Miss Hodgeon.
Our school is an official Research Partner in the Education for Wellbeing programme
We are working in partnership with the Evidence Based Practice Unit (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL), which has been commissioned by the Department for Education. Together we are investigating the impact of five innovative approaches that aim to promote pupil wellbeing.
This cutting-edge research trial is the largest of its kind in the UK. Our contribution will improve understanding of how best to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.