Christ Church CE Primary School
'Let your light shine' Matthew 5:16
Pastoral Support & Welfare
All staff at Christ Church feel pastoral care is just as important as any academic or subject knowledge. We believe that parents and carers are vital in supporting their children’s wellbeing and therefore their ability to access fully the education we offer.
We also know that there can be times in our lives when, for whatever reason, events happen that make this difficult.
We have a caring, knowledgeable pastoral team, who support both parents and children in many, many ways, to ensure that they can overcome hurdles and move on positively.
For the child, we are someone supportive to talk to, share successes with, or to provide help with difficulties or worries. We offer a 'safe' place and work with children to raise self-esteem, remove barriers to learning and thus allow children to reach their full potential.
For the parents/carers, we offer a listening ear, can share positive parenting skills, lend resources and, where needed, refer families to external agencies for more in-depth advice.
Some of the areas we can offer support to your family include:
Bereavement, loss and separation Routines at Home
Financial worries/uniform/food Anxiety and Mental Health
Low self-esteem Healthy relationships
Diversity and Inclusion Domestic Abuse
Parenting when separated/divorce Young Carers
Online Safety Transitions between classes or schools
If your family needs support with wellbeing, Mrs Clarke (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Bagnall (Learning Mentor) will help. You can email them firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01934 620 738 if you need to discuss worries or concerns.
Mrs Bagnall is our Learning Mentor and supports children across the school to overcome behavioural, social and emotional problems that are affecting their learning.
This will be achieved by:
What are the benefits for pupils and families?
Improved motivation, Increased positive attitudes, Raised self-esteem, Mature speaking and listening skills, Increased confidence, Establishing and maintaining friendships, Reduced challenging behaviour, Empathy with less fortunate pupils, Developed social skills, Coping mechanisms for family traumas, Managing their own feelings successfully
These are all valuable life skills - which some pupils may need a little extra support to enhance them in line with their peer groups. Some issues may require long term support whilst others may need short blocks of time or an isolated session. This work is in line with general support from the class teachers and our school values.
Below, are links to a number of charities and organisations that support young people with mental health and wellbeing.
Please click on the image to visit their websites and see how they can help:
Mental Well-being. For you, your children and all of us.
Welcome to our new page designed to offer a little help, a lot of encouragement and a huge acknowledgement of what a great job you are doing as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles etc.
Each term we will focus on different aspects of mental health. This term’s focus will be ADD, also known as ADHD. (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
But first, let’s start with some interesting facts about babies and their amazing brains!
Back to ADHD.
ADHD is not caused by
Faulty neurotransmitters in the brain.
No single cause has been discovered. It is NOT anyone’s fault.
It is not naughty behaviour or bad parenting.
ADHD can be a stressed brain seeking to find connection and self-understanding.
ADHD is like standing in the middle of a crowded room, with everyone talking. Suddenly someone asks you, “what did that person over there just say?” (Scattered Minds. Gabor Maté.)
It is helpful to think about levels of stress that we all experience and how to bring those stress levels down if they are higher than we’d like.
Have a look at this chart.
We’ll explore this some more next time.