Mental Health and Wellbeing
Thank you for the significant amount of time and effort you are putting into supporting your children with their remote learning and recognise the challenges that you may face trying to balance the demands of this with your own work and family life.
The first and most important outcome of this difficult situation is that we all cope physically and mentally during these current lockdown restrictions and strike a balance between everything we are expected to do. There may be occasions when other priorities prevent you from being able to support your children with their learning or other days where you feel it would be in the best interests of your family to put the work away and do something different, for example a walk outdoors.
If you have a difficult day, for example keeping your child motivated to work at home, please do not worry. The children caught up with their missed learning last term – and they will catch up once again when we are able to return to school. If you are struggling with persistent difficulties in engaging your child, please let us know so that we can support you.
Please visit the link below for more information on how to support the mental health and wellbeing of your child.
We aim to provide the highest quality pastoral care throughout the school. All staff work together to help pupils achieve their best - educationally, socially and emotionally.
Every member of staff is committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of all our pupils and their families. We are happy to speak to pupils and parents/carers about any concerns they may have.
Our pupils are encouraged to make the most of their time at The Russell School, so every effort is made to remove obstacles to successful learning and to equip our pupils with the confidence and skills to be enthusiastic learners and effective members of the community.
Our aims are:
- To provide an environment which will support the emotional health and well-being of all our pupils;
- To support and empower families who are experiencing challenges;
- To meet the differing needs of all our children so that each unique child is equipped with life-long skills;
- To help our pupils develop empathy for social, spiritual, emotional and physical needs within the school;
- To maintain an atmosphere in which pupils feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment;
- To model for parents/carers that their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment;
- To motivate pupils to recognise and reflect upon our core values - Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind;
- To promote positive relationships with parents/carers through good communication and interaction;
- To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the best outcomes for every pupil.
Support in School
Children are able to communicate their worries or concerns with senior leaders through the 'Worry Box'. The box is checked several times each day and worries are quickly followed up.
Mrs Pitt is available every lunch time and playtime for children who wish to talk through any worries or issues they may have.
At The Russell School we believe that with the right training and support, children can help each other to manage low level situations in the playground. This works really well and the children enjoy helping one-another. Adults are always supervising and will assist if needed. The children learn to respect one-another and this inclusive approach helps to boost self-esteem amongst pupils.
Peer Mediators from Years 4 and 5 have been trained by Mrs Warminger, the SENDCo, to support children struggling with friendship and minor conflicts in the playground. They are trained to look out for vulnerable children at playtime and provide them with support by talking and playing with them.
Play Leaders from Year 5 have been trained to organise games and activities with other children in the playground at lunchtimes.
If you would like support with any issue, school or home related, please get in touch by either by speaking to any member of staff you feel comfortable talking to or contacting Mrs Pitt or Mr Ryan by email or phone via the school office.
Childline telephone number: 0800 1111