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"Nurturing ambitious learners within the Marlow Education Trust"

School opens on Monday 2nd November

Mental Health

There are many ways to define wellbeing, and that is a discussion in itself. We define ‘wellbeing’ as referenced in the widely accepted World Health Organisation definition of mental health:


“Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

 

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.


With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, our school provides an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.

 

Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying. 

 

For this year, to support our children's mental health we created a special "recovery curriculum" which runs for the start of the year and is designed to help all our children to make the transition back into full time learning as quickly as possible, while giving them a enough time to explore some of the issues that have arisen in the past few months while they have been away from school.  It has been based around the book by Oliver Jeffers "Here we are"
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