Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school. With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives. Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
At Bassingham Primary School, we take emotional health and mental wellbeing very seriously. Every class provides a wide range of activities that promote emotional health and mental wellbeing. We have whole school approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing, for example - Wellbeing Wednesday, Achievement Assemblies, Class Tribes and Wellbeing Champions.