Health and Wellbeing
At Dulverton, we set our reputation on the strength of our pastoral care. Maintaining the health and wellbeing of our pupils is extremely important to us.
Our staff work with parents and guardians and welcome active support and involvement. Good work habits, co-operation and tolerance create the happy, family atmosphere for which the school is known.
Dulverton Primary School acknowledges the duty of care it has towards all pupils and recognises the importance of supporting and promoting physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. We aim to have happy, engaged pupils who feel safe and secure and leave Dulverton Primary School ‘the very best version of themselves’ and become ‘mature and responsible adults who are outward looking and give back to the community’.
As a school we have a caring ethos and environment and understand the importance of wellbeing for both our staff and children. We clearly define our culture and vision, making it clear what behaviours, values and beliefs underpin it. We prioritise building a culture of trust where school staff and children feel valued, can be open about their health and wellbeing and know how to access support if they need it. We have a staff and children’s wellbeing board which signposts them to support.
Our values, behaviours and golden rules are regularly referred to throughout the school day and are an intrinsic part of our behaviour policy which focuses on positive reinforcement. We have a school council (Article 12), support healthy schools and have a range of enrichment clubs. In classes, we have daily check-ins, worry boxes, 5-a-day activities, weekly PSHE lessons and assemblies. We have also achieved the bronze award to become a Rights Respecting School and are now working towards achieving Silver where the children will have a better knowledge of their rights, learn through their rights and think about how to to promote the rights of others locally and globally.
Each half term we have a wellbeing week based around a book which promotes ‘wellbeing’. These include ‘Incredible You’ by Rhys Brisenden and ‘The Worrysaurus’ by Rachel Bright. Each year we support the Mental Health and Wellbeing week through assemblies and PSHE lessons around the theme which this year is ‘Growing Together’.
Through the school council, questionnaires and pupil voice we ensure that the children feel safe and happy and know who to talk to if they need to.
We have a range of ways of rewarding and praising children including:
- Marking & feedback
- Discussions with parents/carers
- Star of the day
- Praise postcards
- Class ‘leaf’ rewards
- Star of the week
- Values ambassador
- Traffic light system
- Always children
Within the school we have two trained Mental Health First Aiders and Senior Mental Health Lead. Any relevant information about mental health and wellbeing is shared with parents through the weekly newsletter or emails.
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