WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2019
Thursday 10th October 2019
Today at Rowlatts the entire school wore yellow in support of World Mental Health day. This year’s theme is Suicide Prevention and information on this subject can be found HERE
At Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy we consider the development of children’s wellbeing and mental health to be at the heart of our teaching and provision. Our staff are committed to supporting every child’s happiness by developing wellbeing and mental health. This is what we believe will help them be successful both at school and in their later life.
Physical Activity For Children
- Daily dance cardio for 10 mins.
- Swimming Y6 – spring and summer term
- Range of competitive sports throughout the school e.g. football, boccia, athletics, cricket, basketball and much more
- Celebrating individual talents and successes
- Sports Day and Inter-school competitions e.g. dance
- Dance with ‘Moving Together’ company for Years 1 – 6 (12 weeks each)
- Range skills developed with professional teams i.e.: LCFC, Tigers, LCC, Riders, Badminton
- Seasonal extracurricular clubs depending on seasons , competitive calendar and pupil voice
Wellbeing and Mental Health For Children
- Daily yoga and mindfulness
- Healthy school
- Primary Leadership Council focus on healthy packed lunches and ‘Worry Box’
- School nurse
- Brushing teeth
- Lunchtime mediators
- Lunchtime supervisors available to talk through concerns
- Buddy benches
- Play Leaders
Ways That We Manage Staff Wellbeing And Workload
- Trust and an absence of fear: no Ofsted fear, no management fear.
- A sensible and manageable ‘Marking and Feedback Policy’ which allows evidence outside of children’s workbooks
- Staff are valued as experts in their field, trusted to drive forward
- Sensible appraisal proves completed in negotiation with staff and an assumption that all staff will go up the pay scale each year, unless evidence indicates otherwise.
- Supportive work scrutiny and learning walks led by Middle Leaders with Leadership Team.
- Data capture three times per year, in line with DfE recommendations.
- Two Parent Interview Days to target all families during the working day.
- No formal lesson plan formats for expectations about submitting them.
- Learning walks, video coaching and triad lesson study has replaced formal
- Staff are encouraged to share resources and co-plan with colleagues; time created within the calendar to do so, so that expertise is shared and no-one is ‘reinventing the wheel’.
- Meetings that finish on time and have a clear purpose.
- 1265 directed time not filled up. Staff work hard and go the extra mile so this does not need to be measured.
- A culture of collaboration – staff supporting each other and working together and treating each other with respect.
- Clear classroom routines and expectations that allow teachers to teach so that no time is wasted.
- Calendar pinch points monitored and review regularly by Leadership Team and amendments made in response to staff feedback.
- PPA for teachers to be 1 day a fortnight
- Leadership time for SLT 1 x pm on opposite PPA weeks
- A range of wellbeing initiatives for staff to participate in: school gym;
nomination afternoons; random acts of kindness; pudding club; buddying