The mental health and wellbeing of everyone within the Duckmanton Primary School community remains a priority within our school. We all have mental health and it is important that students learn how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing.
As well as providing support and intervention through our Learning Mentors and trained staff, we also encourage students to care for themselves as well as know who in school they can turn to for help and advice.
Improving our Mindset
Healthy routines such as a good night's sleep, eating well and attending school on time and consistently can make a great start to looking after the mental health of our young people. Our Learning Mentors are always available at the start and end of the school day to speak to anyone who may have concerns.
Key members of staff
Mr Beeden is the school's Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead and oversees the wellbeing provision offered to everyone in our school
Miss Sutton is our RSHE Coordinator and monitors the delivery of mental health and wellbeing education across the curriculum
Mrs Musson and Mrs Collins are our Learning Mentors and delivery both whole school mental health education sessions such as circle times as well as intervention and support.
All students in Key Stage 2 take part in weekly wellbeing sessions which promote and teach wellbeing techniques which can be used by all, anywhere. Students will cover strategies in grounding, breathing, meditation and strategies that support the 5 Ways to Wellbeing philosophy. These are shared with parents via Class Dojo for anyone who may wish to explore strategies at home.
We support the personal development of our pupils by offering Learning Mentor support where needed during their time with us. This may include our Jigsaw Nurture Group which is delivered by our Learning Mentors.
Changing Lives Bolsover
Duckmanton Primary School is supported in the wellbeing services we can offer through the Changing Lives service.
The Changing Lives Service is part of a national trailblazer project, funded by the Government as part of its ambitious plans to transform children and young people’s mental health as cited in the NHS Long-Term Plan. They offer a range of services to the school including whole school and 1:1 initiatives. More information can be found by visiting: https://services.actionforchildren.org.uk/derbyshire/changing-lives/
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
We always encourage families and students to speak to a member of staff if you have any concerns about your own mental health and wellbeing or that of a loved one.
Support and information is out there should you wish to seek your own advice and here are just a few websites that we have found useful: