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Langar Church of England Primary School

Well Being

We believe that children's metal health and well-being is the foundation on which  academic success is built . We believe that ensuring our pupils are mentally well and emotionally stable allows them to flourish in all areas of the curriculum. As a school we promote and cater for children's emotional well-being through the use of ELSA, well-being first aid kits, a range of alternative therapies and a bespoke package of interventions to secure this.

 

If you have any concerns about your child's mental health, please come in and speak to their teacher.

 

Alexia Adrianopoulos

Philanthropist supporter of Wise Up

Growing up today seems to be harder than ever.

Children and young people face a host of novel

stressors that I cannot even purport to understand.

In a confusing, addictive, 24-hour online world,

young people need new tools and more support.

An estimated three children in every classroom suffer

from a diagnosable mental health problem; I was one

of them. Behind those numbers is a general trend to

increased levels stress and lower levels of wellbeing.

I believe that schools are much more than centres of

learning. They can and do provide the most reliable

conduit to address this worrying trend, and only they

can set us back on track. However, for schools to

succeed in helping their students, our priorities as a

nation must be realigned, and the education system

must rebalance academic learning and emotional

wellbeing. This is what our children and young people

want, it is what our teachers and school leaders want

and it is what our parents want. More to the point, it is

what our children and young people deserve.

They deserve an excellent education that prepares

them academically and emotionally for the challenges

they will face inside the classroom, and for the world

they will enter when they graduate.

 

There is already exceptional work being done, but these

efforts remain isolated and undervalued. It should be

the opposite. Such work should be at the crux of our

educational system and recognised at the highest level.

I believe that each child deserves a dedicated place to

learn to care for their own mental health, and it is our

duty as a society to provide this. With schools at the

helm, we can create a generation of resilient, healthy

and confident individuals.

ELSA

What is ELSA?

 

There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

 

We are lucky enough to have a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant at Langar. Mrs George has been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, and use a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or arts and craft. ELSA sessions take place in a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.

 

In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:

 

Recognising emotions
Self-esteem
Social skills
Friendship skills

Anger management
Loss and bereavement

 

How does ELSA work?

Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their class teacher or on occasion the SENCo. Every half term Mrs George meets with the class teacher to discuss the referral forms and to identify and prioritise which children require a weekly programme for the next 6-8 weeks. With the programme aims in mind Mrs George then plans support sessions to facilitate the pupil in developing new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively.

 

Supporting - not fixing

Remember, ELSAs are not there to fix children's problems, but to provide emotional support.

 

An ELSA aims to establish a warm, respectful relationship with a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share honestly their thoughts and feelings.

 

It needs to be appreciated that change cannot necessarily be achieved rapidly and is dependent upon the context and complexity of the presenting issues. For children with complex or long-term needs it is unrealistic to expect ELSA intervention to resolve all their difficulties, however support will be designed to target specific aspects of a child's need. Training and development of ELSAs is an ongoing process and wisdom is required to recognise when issues are beyond the level of expertise that could reasonably be expected of an ELSA. The Educational Psychologist that works with our school would be able to offer advice on suitability or nature of ELSA involvement in complex cases.

 

family reunion clipart

 

What to Do When You Worry Too Much ( A kids guide to overcoming anxiety) by Dawn Huebner is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalised anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. We have used this book at school and have found it a very useful tool.

Parental advice on anger management

 

Help with those 'hot feelings' - some tips and information for parents/guardians about managing anger in children:

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/praise-discipline/anger-management-children

 

* * * * * * *Recommended book!* * * * * * *

 

 

An anger management story for children written by Lori Lite. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows him how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger. Children love to unwind and relax with this fun exercise known as progressive muscular relaxation. This effective stress and anger management technique focuses awareness on various muscle groups and breath to create a complete resting of the mind and body. This is a great little story to help children understand that they are in control of their emotions. It focuses on the ownership of feelings and emotions and taking command of the situation. We use this book in ELSA sessions and is fun and very effective!

 

***NEW BOOK!!***

 

 

This book uses CBT at its core to help younger children understand their angry feelings and make the necessary changes to regulate their emotions. The book was written by Luke Baker, a former ELSA! The book is about The Red family and their youngest member Rory. Rory Red is very angry all of the time. He wants to change but is told by both parents that ‘It is just who you are.’ Rory wants to change and one day meets a new friend Yasmine Yellow. Yasmine shows him the way and helps him to understand how he can change.

 

The book leads the child through the different stages of anger such as triggers: ‘someone being mean to him’, ‘when he can’t go out to play because it is raining’, ‘when he isn’t allowed his dessert’. It takes the child through the physical effects of anger such as breathing heavier, his heart beating harder and faster. It also looks at Rory’s thoughts such as: ‘hit them!’ ‘break something!’ ‘say bad words!’. Yasmine helps him by suggesting different calming techniques to help him cope with his anger.

Delightful, simple illustrations that children will love. The language is simple and easy to understand. This book would be perfect for EYFS and KS1, (possibly even Lower KS2).

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