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Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

Here at Farringdon Academy we believe that the mental health and the emotional well-being of the children, parents and staff are extremely important.

Within school this year we are having a focus upon well-being. This area has been identified by the Government as requiring a raised profile within schools. Recent studies have shown that childhood obesity and mental health issues have significantly increased, especially within the North East, which has the third highest prevalence of obesity in the country.

Every Governing Body meeting, staff meeting and ‘team’ meeting has ‘Emotional Well-being’ as a standard item so that it continues to be a focus for all.

As a school, we will continue to work hard after successfully gaining our Bronze Award for Children’s Mental Health on 1st April 2019 and look towards achieving our Silver award with many exciting things to come.

Mental Health Team:

Farringdon Academy’s Mental Health Champion is: Lauren Clarke

Farringdon Academy’s Well-being Team includes: Mrs K Shovlin, Mrs L Cooper, Mrs V Keogh and Ms C Liddle

Farringdon Academy’s Mental Health Link Governor is: Joanne Hall

Within school we run a number of programmes to support our children with their emotional wellbeing.

Fun Friends Programme was designed to support children between the ages of 4 and 7 with their emotional and social development.
Fun Friends is ran as an intervention for small groups within school to support children who may need additional support emotionally/socially. The sessions are full of fun play-based activities that equip children with resilience skills to help them in everyday life.
FRIENDS for Life is a social skills and resilience building program that has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as an effective means to prevent anxiety for children aged 8-11. It is proven to reduce anxiety and provide participants with the tools to rise to life’s challenges, and make the most of setbacks and adversity. FRIENDS for Life also improves participants’ social and emotional skills, ability to focus, confidence, and the capacity to relax and regulate emotions.
Kidsafe is another intervention programme ran throughout school.
Children always say that they love the Kidsafe programmes, especially helping KS, our puppet, decide what to do in certain situations. Through helping KS with strategies to keep him safe, children are learning and reinforcing vital skills to help keep themselves safe from all forms of abuse
Mrs Brown runs our Triple P program within school. This currently runs on a Wednesday morning 9-10am. This is for parents who may be struggling with behaviour/routines within the home. This is to give parents a place to pick up new behaviour/time management strategies to try within the home. If you would like to attend the Triple P program, please see your class teacher.

Useful websites

Within school we actively promote the ‘Winning Ways to Well-being’ throughout the school from Reception to Year 6.