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Standard 7: Social, emotional health and well-being
Transcript of Standard 7: Social, emotional health and well-being
Our Learning Mentor supports children and parents in school with:
• lack of self-confidence, self-esteem or motivation
• friendship issues
• behaviour and emotional difficulties
• problems at home
Examples of Inclusive Practice:
She works with individuals and small groups of children and has developed mentoring relationships with pupils. Their progress is monitored on a weekly basis.
Support is also available for parents and there is an ‘open door’ policy so parents can discuss their issues and concerns. She also works closely with teachers and professionals.
She also carries out her mentoring role in the Junior School, ensuring consistency of support in Key Stage 2.
Our Children are supported in times of difficulty and trauma and they have someone to go to when they need to talk. Sound relationships are forged through trust and understanding. Our children are happier and more confident as a result of mentoring.
Our children have been heard to have said "it helps to talk’’, ‘’I always know there is someone to talk to’’ and ‘’ I’ve enjoyed chatting it makes me feel better.’’
Parents also give positive feedback and send notes and letters of appreciation.
Outcomes for Children
2. Pet Therapy
Children can feed, groom and pet the school rabbits as this has shown to have many benefits:
• reducing stress and anxiety.
• raising self esteem
• improving social skills.
• increasing verbal communication.
• increasing willingness to join in activities
• helping children learn empathic and nurturing skills
Children have different responsibilities so that the rabbits are well looked after and cared for. Some children come in at lunchtime especially if they need some quiet time. This is an opportunity to talk to and care for the rabbits. Children are always supervised by an adult who will offer support if anxieties and concerns are raised.
Walmley Infant School has a Pet Policy and Risk Assessment in place.
Outcomes for Children
Our children have a sense of responsibility and an understanding of what is needed to sustain a long and happy life. They know that our rabbits like all living creatures need food and water, a warm and clean home, exercise and love and affection to thrive.
Through their care and love of the rabbits children at our school gain confidence, they are calmer and talk about their concerns and worries. Sometimes caring for the rabbits encourages talk which an amazing outcome for our quiet and shy children. Having rabbits in our school has contributed to an ethos which considers the happiness of our children as paramount.