Well-being at Saltford C of E Primary School
Well-being at Saltford C of E Primary School

What is well-being and why is it so important?

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that “in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Here at Saltford C of E Primary School we embrace a whole school approach where all staff value and recognise the need to promote positive mental health and well-being in every child and adult. We place great importance on developing the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. The skills needed throughout life can be taught and learnt at any age; all aspects of a child’s experience in and out of school contribute to their personal and social development and we feel that it is essential that we share this role with parents, carers and families.

Who are the well-being team?

  • Miss Natalie Jupp – PSHE Leads
  • Mrs Gemma Godwin – Inclusion/SENCO
  • Mr Andrew Boyle and Mrs Melissa Brook  – PE/Health and Well-being Leads
  • Miss Samantha Honeybell - Staff Well-being Lead
  • Miss Sarah Harding – Pastoral teaching assistant

All of the staff at Saltford C of E Primary School play a fundamental role in the well-being of our pupils and their families.

How do we provide well-being support at Saltford C of E Primary School?

  • Well-being team helps to co-ordinate well-being activities and resources accessible for both pupils and staff.
  • Signposting pupils and families to appropriate support, agencies and professionals outside of school.
  • Access to Thrive assessment and intervention: we are a Thrive school with a Thrive licensed practitioner (Mrs Gemma Godwin)
  • Individual work and group interventions for pupils around issues such as;
    • behaviour
    • self-esteem
    • anger management
    • bereavement
    • family breakdowns
    • anxiety
    • social communication
  • Designated space for Nurture activities.
  • Staff training on mental health, safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children.

Saltford has a proactive approach to supporting our children and their families, including:

  • A team of trained Safeguarding Leads and a Safeguarding Governor
  • A Nurture Room
  • One-to-one teaching assistants who support specific, emotionally vulnerable children
  • Small group interventions for groups to develop social skills, self-esteem and emotional literacy
  • PSHE Scheme that promotes a ‘mindfulness’ approach to lessons
  • Whole school assembly themes to promote and support SEMH (Social Emotional Mental Health)
  • Personal and social education lessons and circle time sessions in all year groups
  • Annual workshops, events and assemblies run by NSPCC and other outside agencies
  • A comprehensive range of health and sporting activities across the curriculum and in after-school clubs.

Sleep is the best meditation

Getting enough sleep is vitally important. Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known, but research also shows that regular poor sleep can put you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.

It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.

Below are the NHS sleep recommendations for primary age children: 

4 years: 11 hours 30 minutes

5 years: 11 hours

6 years: 10 hours 45 minutes

7 years: 10 hours 30 minutes

8 years: 10 hours 15 minutes

9 years: 10 hours

10 years: 9 hours 45 minutes

11 years: 9 hours 30 minutes

Click on the images below to link to useful websites for advice about sleep.



A healthy outside starts from the inside

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

For information on eating healthily, click on the images below.




Play or exercise? A child's body doesn't know the difference

Children need to be active for 60 minutes a day. Sports and active hobbies are a great way to get some exercise — they don't need to take up a lot of time or money. Exercise helps to maintain a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

Click on the images below for links to great ideas about how to get fit and have fun.


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