A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health & Wellbeing at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School

At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School, we are very proud to state that the wellbeing of our whole school community is of paramount importance. We understand that issues around wellbeing and mental health are rising nationally. Therefore, in December 2018, Shobnall Primary & Nursery School achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS Award) which was the recognition of our work and ethos which is now embedded in everything we do. This was reverified in February 2022 for a further three years! We firmly believe that Shobnall Primary & Nursery School develops, nurtures and supports its pupils, making them fully prepared for life in the 21st century.

This page will hopefully provide you with very useful information about the learning, PSHE, Wellbeing as well as the services we are able to offer.

Mental Health & Wellbeing in the JTMAT

At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School we have raised the awareness of wellbeing and mental health by running themed-weeks in school.

Schools in the JTMAT have taken part in ‘Happy Healthy Children Week’, which was designed to ease children back to school after the Christmas holidays and into the spring term.

Activities included:
– Meeting a therapy dog.
– Offering staff and parents free health checks
– Yoga sessions
– Thai Chi
– Recognising the importance ‘being active’ can have to maintain a positive wellbeing
– The impact of worrying and strategies to cope
– Stress of tests and exams and much more!

Happy Healthy Children Week was publicised in the Burton Mail in January 2020.

Here are some of the ‘tweets’ sent out during Happy Healthy Children Week.

NHS Week

In September 2020, Shobnall Primary & Nursery School and other schools in the JTMAT took part in NHS Week to raise money for Burton Hospital and the wonderful professionals who continue to take care of many of our loved ones. This was an incredible week where each class were inspired by an artist to create their own piece of artwork which was sold to parents. Here are a few examples of the artwork from Year 4 which were inspired by L.S.Lowry.

Mental Health Support Team

The wellbeing of pupils at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School is supported by the Mental Health Support Team, who have led training sessions for staff. The Mental Health Support Team work with individual children who are finding certain situations difficult or who are generally suffering from anxiety. At the moment, these sessions will be led virtually.

If you are worried about your child, please inform the school office at shb-office@shb.jtmat.co.uk or Mrs Knight who can advise you or make a referral to the team.

Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

As set out in the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter, we believe that everyone working in education should have the opportunity to enjoy the highest possible standard of wellbeing and mental health. We are united in our view that improved wellbeing among staff is a key outcome for education policy. Our staff are a precious resource: valuing them, and their wellbeing and mental health, is a duty we all share. Not only is this a good thing itself, it is critical in recruiting and retaining high quality education staff now and in the future. It is also crucial in securing better outcomes for young people, including regarding their own wellbeing and
mental health.

In signing this charter, we signal our intent to come together with people across the system with the shared aim of improving wellbeing at every level.

DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education states, “The mental health and wellbeing of staff in education settings has always been important, but it is now more important than ever in the context of the pandemic and moving towards recovery. I am immensely grateful for the work you do to educate children and young people and I thank you for your dedication to the profession. As Education Secretary, I want you to know that I will always be your champion.

The creation of this charter is an excellent example of effective collaboration between the department and representatives from across the education sector, at a time when this was most needed. I am proud of what has been achieved.

This charter sets out commitments from this department, from Ofsted and employers working in education on actions to protect and promote the wellbeing of education staff. As signatories, we are accountable to those commitments. Everyone working in education has an important role to play in supporting their wellbeing and that of their colleagues. I encourage all schools and colleges to put wellbeing at the centre of everything you do and sign up to the charter.”

Financial Wellbeing

At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School, we believe financial education is crucial when preparing our pupils for life in 21st century. With NatWest, we are leading a financial unit through PSHE in the summer term where the children have the opportunity to set up and run their own company to raise money for the school.

The Enterprise Project

We are very excited to be introducing The Enterprise Project at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School at the start of the summer holidays 2021.

At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School, we offer our children a rich and varied curriculum and we believe that financial education is an important part of preparing children for life in the 21st century. Successful social enterprises are often set up and run by entrepreneurs who are resilient, innovative and intellectually curious.

Pupils in our school will be given the opportunity to begin their own small business venture alone, or in small groups. The idea behind this is for the children to develop their entrepreneurial flair, understand and appreciate the value of money and to use their mathematical knowledge and skills to calculate profit made throughout the project. The aim is for the children to make as MUCH PROFIT AS POSSIBLE to be a successful company! Younger children may need more assistance from their parents to begin with to track the money spent and profit made.

All of the children in school will be given £1.00, as a ‘start-up’ investment for their company. As this is a ‘loan’ (interest free, of course!), they will need to repay this back to the school on completion of the project.

Mental Health First Aiders

We now have five qualified Mental Health First Aiders in school who are part of a community of hundreds of thousands of people in England trained to support themselves and each other. A Mental Health First Aider can:

  • understand the important factor affecting mental ill health
  • identify the signs and symptoms for a range of mental health conditions
  • use ALGEE to provide Mental Health First Aid to someone experiencing a mental health issue or crisis
  • listen non-judgmentally and hold supportive conversations using the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • signpost people to professional help, recognising that the role does not replace the need for ongoing support

We also have a member of the Senior Leadership Team who has undertaken Senior Mental Health Lead Training with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Senior Mental Health Lead Training Certificate – David Adams

Mr D Adams 

Mental Health First Aider

Mrs T Marston

Mental Health First Aider

Miss J Lord

Mental Health First Aider

Mrs V Knight

Mental Health First Aider

Mrs M Bradley

Mental Health First Aider