Wellbeing

Taking the emotional temperature of the class

  • Build in regular check-ins

  • Explore what the child needs to feel better

Create a climate of support

  • Develop purposeful relationships

  • Monitor changes in emotional behaviour

  • Ensuring the environment is safe for learning

  • Supporting social needs

  • Clear communication and supportive language

  • Quality first teaching for wellbeing

  • Ensuring the environment is safe for sharing emotional needs


Teaching and Learning

  • Create an inclusive classroom where everyone is able to access learning and have a sense of belonging, worth and self-value.

  • Ensure differentiation with all aspects of teaching

  • Understand that behaviour is a symptom of an unmet need

  • Teach children about mental health and wellbeing, release the stigma on talking about mental health

  • Introduce transition time at the start of every day to prepare the children for learning

  • Teach children to keep bodies and minds safe and well

  • Integrate online safety tips during the day about sharing and online presence

Classroom Environment

  • Have wellbeing notice boards with information that supports mental health

  • Use music to create an environment suitable for learning

  • Provide pupils with a sense of belonging by creating your own classroom wellbeing values

  • Recruit wellbeing ambassadors for your classroom

  • Promote mental health champions

  • Recognise wellbeing heroes of the day or week – use them as role models to promote and champion wellbeing

  • Teach the importance of quiet time or silence

  • Make kindness and compassion a daily focus and recognise this

  • Introduce peer mentors within the class

  • Ensure safe spaces for children

  • Introduce a ‘feelings/worry box’ in the classroom

  • Be aware of sensory overload…lighting, sounds and can trigger feelings of anxiety

Relationships

  • Value each and every child for their own unique qualities

  • Have regular ‘check-ins’ with your pupils throughout the day

  • Take time to recognise any changes to a child’s wellbeing and keep a record of these

  • Build positive and safe relationships

  • Listen to understand

  • Take time to get to know your pupils – inside out – hobbies, special achievements etc

  • Offer hidden talent session every half term – show and tell

  • Children thrive on affirmations – share your own and invite the children to share theirs in a creative way

  • Knowing their good has been recognised

Resources

  • Include books for wellbeing within your classroom libraries

  • Know where to get help if you are worried about a pupil’s mental health

  • Use language scripts to promote consistency when talking about mental health and wellbeing

  • Share child-friendly apps and websites to support emotional regulation

  • Introduce sensory boxes to help children regulate their emotions

Emotional Toolkit

  • Offer 'Talking Time' for pupils to speak about challenging feelings

  • Practice mindfulness to calm the mind and the body at stressful times

  • Create Random Acts of Kindness Jars

  • Offer regular brain breaks

  • Introduce ‘This is Me’ pegs to celebrate a sense of self

  • Include discrete check-in boards in the classroom

  • Celebrate a ‘Wellbeing Wondrous’ moment as part of teaching and learning

  • Use grounding techniques and breathe work

Further support and resources

Mental Health First Aid England: Mental Health First Aid England offer a range of evidence-based face to face and digital learning, from awareness raising to skill development. Our courses empower people to notice signs of mental ill health, and encourage them to break down barriers, listen in a non-judgemental way, and signpost to support for recovery.


Young Minds: One of the UK’s leading charities fighting for children and young people's mental health.


Child Bereavement UK: Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. We support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.


Mind: Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.


Charlie Waller Memorial Trust: Charlie Waller Memorial Trust educate young people, and those with responsibility for them – so parents, educators, employers, GPs and Practice Nurses - about their mental health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing Connected

LGfL have worked with schools to produce this Wellbeing Connected, an open access resource for Primary Schools, it has been designed to bring the key information in both a video and text format with a quick and accessible interface.

Healthy Minds

These resources have been produced in partnership with the leading mental health charity for young people - Young Minds. They feature a range of teacher led activities involving group work promoting self reflection and video content with supporting activities.

Managing a Sudden Death In The School Community

Guidance for schools, particularly senior managers, when supporting bereavement in a school community, including videos, support packs and assemblies.

Supporting a Bereaved Pupil

Drawing on the vast experience of Child Bereavement UK (CBUK) and with video footage from school leaders within the LGfL community, this resource has been developed as a tool for teachers in school to support children at this most difficult of stages in their lives.

Adolescent Resilience

Resources from a range of different organisations. These include information on academic research, materials for whole-school approaches as well as lesson series and one-off resources, plus targeted support for specific problems, and signposting.