Help & Support – Health & Wellbeing

EARLY HELP AND SUPPORT

We understand that family life can sometimes be difficult and challenging. On some occasions, you may feel that you need more help and support than others. At these times we are able to offer you what is known as the ‘Early Help Offer.’

Providing early support to our children and families means we can try to  prevent problems which may affect a child’s ability to thrive and learn. Early help provides support as soon as a concern emerges – at any point of a child’s life – from Pre-school through to Year 6. We are here to help and support you during these times.

Some ways that we help our families:

  • Breakfast & after school club provision
  • Attendance support for families whose children who are struggling to come into school
  • Uniform support (in school reception)
  • Parenting support/advice e.g. reward charts
  • Chats with teachers at the end of the day
  • Supporting transition to new year groups/schools
  • Advice from Mrs Richens – our pastoral lead (margo.richens@taw.org.uk)
  • Signposting families to staff for support & advice
  • Mrs Shepherd, our ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant) to support children with worries/anxieties
  • Signposting families to external agencies

Adelaide, Priorslee’s school dog

Adelaide is Mrs Brewer’s Australian Labradoodle. Adelaide’s job is to support children’s and staff’s wellbeing. Most of the time, she can be found working with Mrs Brewer or snoozing in her office! Adelaide’s favourite activities are greeting children at the gates, visiting classrooms and spending time with individual pupils, including going for walks and practising tricks.

Mrs Brewer chose the Australian Labradoodle breed due to its mild temperament and hypo-allergenic coat. Adelaide has attended training with Siobhan Dunn from Puppy and Friends Academy https://www.puppyandfriends.co.uk/ since she was three months old and is working towards becoming PAWS accredited https://paws-therapydogs.com/schools/

When moving around school, Adelaide is kept on a lead and is under close control.

 

In order for your child to interact with Adelaide, you will need to give consent via the MCAS app. To do this:

  • Log on to your MCAS app
  • From the MENU, select ‘Parental Consent’
  • It will look like this:

 

 

  • Click the relevant option – ‘YES, I give consent’ OR ‘NO, I do not give consent’
  • Click ‘SAVE’

If you’d like to follow her, Adelaide has her own TikTok account @adelaide_doodle_ and Instagram account @adelaidetheaussiedoodle. We will publish pictures of Adelaide via our school Facebook feed so that everyone can enjoy her development and receive regular ‘pupdates’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click on the bars below for help and support with mental health and wellbeing:

At Priorslee Academy, we are committed to supporting your emotional health and wellbeing.  Your health, education and happiness are our priority and we want you to know you can talk to us about anything.

We all face challenges in life, and it is important to share worries and concerns.

“A problem shared is a problem halved”   ( Katie M. John)

Need someone to talk to?

Anxious, scared, confused or angry?

Who can I talk to?

What happens when you contact Childline? 

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At Priorslee Multi Academy Trust, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences challenge in their lives at some point or another. This can make us vulnerable and anyone  of us may need additional emotional  or mental support to overcome testing times.

What is mental health?

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.”

www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health

The Facts:

  • One in ten 5 to 16yr-olds has a mental disorder
  • At least 3% of children suffer from anxiety disorders, but relatively few are referred for treatment
  • Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression. Over 8,000 children aged under ten years old suffer from severe depression.

Common Emotional Problems:

Anxiety:

Having anxiety produces the  feeling of insecurity or fear. It can be very unpleasant and your child  may struggle with one or many of the horrible effects it can have, such as: hyperventilating, rapid heart rate, dizziness, trembling, nausea, stomach aches, headache, bed wetting , difficulty with sleeping and nightmares.

Child Anger:

As children manage and make sense the world around them, they can experience challenges, these are likely to upset them and can result in them feeling angry. Anger is an important emotion and will guide children to understand when situations or unfair or not right. However, anger can become an issue when it appears on a regular basis and becomes out of control or aggressive.

Childhood Depression:

Children display a wide range of emotions; they may have periods when they are feeling sad and this is perfectly normal. Depression is  a sustained period of a ‘low mood’ and aversion to activity.  When troubling or low feelings do not go away, overwhelming them and stopping them from their normal routines.

Who can help me and my child?

 

 

 

  • Parents Opening Doors (PODs)
  • School Nurse
  • G.Ps
  • Paediatricians
  • Family support workers (Strengthening Families)
  • Counsellors/therapist
  • BEAM
  • BeeU

PODs offer online support for parents who may be struggling with their child’s behaviour at home:

Challenges at Home session (9.30am-12noon) at PODS Hub event tickets from TicketSource

Challenges at Home session ONLINE (6.00pm-7.30pm) at ONLINE via MS Teams event tickets from TicketSource

Useful Links:

Home – PODS (podstelford.org) PARENTS OPENING DOORS

www.youngminds.org.uk

www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk

NHS: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

BEAM:  www.search3.openobjects.com/kb5/shropshire/fid/results.page?qt=beam&term=&familychannel=0&sorttype=relevance

www.kooth.com

www.childline.org.uk

https://www.childbereavementuk.org/