Welcome to the home of well-being at Brockmoor
Well-being was a School Priority across the 2017-18 school year and remains a high priority for us. We have a dedicated Pastoral Care Team you can talk to openly and honestly about any concerns you have about your child, self or other family members. Mrs Gutteridge, our Learning Mentor, is available at the fornt office at the start and end of each school day and is a really good listener. She's here to help not to judge.
One of the easiest ways to help your child's well-being is to listen to them and try to encourage rather than criticise. We have fortnightly values in school and constantly revisit the theme of talking thorugh our problems.
The well-being of you and your children has never been at risk from over-use of digital media. We don't keep children away from water, we teach them to swim so it makes sense to not pretend children aren't online or at risk when they are; we need to help them swim through the digital world safely. We all need to take responsibility to monitor what they see, see and say online. We also need to get the balance right in terms of the time children spend in front of a screen. We strongly recommend three golden rules:
1. Phones and tablets have no place at the dining table but people do. Try to find time to sit, eat and talk together.
2. An hour a day is enough time online.
3. Phones, tablets and controllers should never be used at bedtime or accessible during the time children and adults are sleeping.
We have a range of support groups and interventions in school to ensure that our vision of every child being safe, happy and learning is achieved. These include:
Digital Ambassadors who work with classes to encourage e-safety. They regularly present at assemblies and contribute to our e-safety week in school.
Peer Ambassadors - Children who have been trained in de-escalation and promoting co-operative play. They work on both our KS1 and 2 playgrounds.
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who have received training in recognising bullying, supporting children who are the victim of it and signposting concerns onto staff who will actually do soemthing baout it.
A dedicated School Counsellor who is available to talk to children, parents, carers and school staff to help them understand and overcome their anxieties on Thursday afternoons.
A range of Nurture Group Interventions led by our Leanring Mentor. These include Forest Schools work, anger managmeent classes, co-operative play and free places at our Breakfast Club for children we feel would benefit from this as a start to the day.
A dedicated school nurse (Nicky Lowe) who is in school on Monday afternoons to talk to children, parents, carers and staff.
Here you will find helpful hints on how to keep your children and yourself mentally well. Remember we have a dedicated Pastoral Care Team you can talk to in School.
The best advice and guidance for developing the mental health of children can be found on the 'MindEd' website. It offers simple and sensible advice on a range of topics to do with your child's well-being. It also signposts and links to advice on common problems, child development, death and loss, trauma and coping, attachment and medication. Please follow the link below - it really is worth a few minutes of your time!
MindEd can be contacted by phone on 0207 092 6000. They're on Twitter '@MindEdUK' and can be emailed at 'email@example.com'
The NAHT also offers advice on helping your child develop - click on the link below
We have a simple school rule 'To choose: to listen, to lead by example, to be kind to others and to learn.' Here are ten choices you can make to well-being.
1. Say "Yes" More. Try saying "yes" more to spending quality family time and doing things together.
2. Say "No" More as well! When it comes to I want rather than I need, learn how to say "no."
3. Worry Less. Keeping kids safe should be a priority, but don't let your worries about all the large and small highly sensationalized harm that exists out there drive your life. The overwhelming odds are with you. Instead, find ways to make your kid's world safer and let them actively explore what's around them.
4. Listen More; Talk at Less. Ask "What do you think? What are you feeling? Tell me about it. What would you do?"
5. Negotiate Less; Explain More. Our kids deserve to know the thinking behind our decisions and expectations, but should not be equal partners at the bargaining table. We are the parents.
6. Read a Little More. It's not only a good way to spend time together, but reading to your child, with your child, and in front of your child will also help them grow as readers. Grab your books, magazines, newspapers, notes, and visit our Growing Readers website for inspiration.
7. Write a Little More. Get in the habit of writing notes of encouragement, love, recognition, responsibility, and daily appreciation of life.
8. Expect a Little More. Expect more from your children, like good behavior, responsibility, manners, kindness, and all of the goodness that lies within your kids.
9. Expect a Little Less. Be okay with a little less constant scheduling and enrichment filled days. Slow down, you move too fast. Children need a lot of slow to grow. Create a daily schedule for your kids, as well as yourself, that is more balanced and realistic.
10. Connect More. Take steps to maintain friendships, and stay connected with family, the community, those less fortunate, and the natural world.