Emotional Health and Wellbeing
At Otford, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is important for everyone and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
• help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
• help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
• help children socially to form and maintain relationships
• promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
• encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
• help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. We achieve this at Otford by creating an environment and school ethos where children are encouraged to talk about their thoughts, feelings, moods and emotions and by raising awareness of mental health across the school and what it means. We do this through Well-being assemblies which focus on 10 Ways to Happier Living (see link below), PHSCE sessions, Celebrating World Mental Day (10th October 2019) and raising money for Young Minds amongst other things.
Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
All our teaching and support staff received Mental Health First Aid training in 2019 and we offered a workshop to parents run by Young minds which was well attended.
For more information about how to support your child’s mental health at home follow the links below:
Children's Mental Health Week
The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Find your Brave.’ During our Wednesday Well-being assemblies the children reflected on what bravery is, what can get in the way of being brave and how does being brave make us feel? We talked about if you have worries or are unsure about something it is brave to ask for help. There is more information for parents and carers at: