At William Patten we believe that supporting children’s social and emotional well-being is a crucial part of their childhood journey. Learning to understand and manage our feelings early on, gives us vital social and emotional skills for later in life. We are committed to providing an environment where children talk about their own wellbeing and mental health. We teach them to notice their emotions, talk about how they are feeling and develop good emotional intelligence. Pupils learn to effectively communicate their own emotions, build resilience and understand how other people may be feeling.
We support all of our pupils to learn the following:
Knowing Emotions – recognising a feeling as it happens
Managing Emotions – what to do to help themselves if they feel anxious or upset
Handling Relationships – form positive and respectful relationships with others
Empathy – be aware and understanding of other people’s emotions
Self-Motivation – be in charge of their emotions rather than controlled by them
The mental health and wellbeing of the whole school community is supported by the Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHWB) Team, which has been developed alongside the Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools (WAMHs) Project.
The MHWB Team consists of:
MHWB Lead – Sian Davies (DHT)
Place2Be School Project Manager – Sarah Fowler
CAMHs Worker in School (CWiS) – Lora Linhares-Marx
Mental Health Support Team (MHST) – Cansu Yilmaz
SENDCO – Caitlin Shaw
Staff, Parent and Pupil Wellbeing Champions – Luke (Y3 Teacher) and Jane (School Admin Team)
Wellbeing Governor – Nandi Simpson
Wellbeing and good mental health is at the heart of everything we do: when we talk to each other, through our curriculum, awareness events and special assemblies. We care for and support each other – making William Patten a very special place.
Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect.
Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connections. Human beings thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing. And when our need for rewarding social connections is not met, we can sometimes feel isolated and lonely – which can have a negative impact on our mental health.
As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out our official free resources for families below.