Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Our Lady Immaculate Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement.
We aim to promote positive mental health for every child, parent, carer and staff using whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at identified vulnerable pupils and families.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that:
“in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”.
Schools can be a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. We believe that our school offers positive role models and relationships which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help engender a sense of belonging and community.
Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
- All children are valued.
- All families are valued.
- All staff members and Governors are valued.
- Children have a sense of belonging and feel safe.
- Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems
- Positive mental health is promoted and valued.
- Bullying is not tolerated.
In addition to children’s wellbeing, we recognise the importance of promoting staff mental health and wellbeing.
Below you will find some useful documents and links relating to Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Pathway for Liverpool primary schools
Waves of Mental Health Provision at OLI
Wave 1) Quality First teaching
Zones of Regulation, MISP, Circle Time, Mindfulness Activities, Yoga – EYFS, Daily Mile, School Hub – quiet spaces. PHSE curriculum
Sunbeams, Rainbows, Enhanced Circle Time,Therapeutic Play, 1-1 Therapeutic Support, Lego Therapy, Sensory Circuits, Social Stories, PawsB, Dots
MHST, Seedlings, Bereavement Support, Play Therapy, School Family Support, Educational Psychologist Services, OSSME, ADHD Foundation, CAMHS.
Our Mental health team – Mrs C Bowcock, Mr T Cotton, Mrs A Bradley
Useful links for parents and young people