Your Child's Well-Being
The provision at St. Luke’s takes account of every aspect of a child’s development. The curriculum gives children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of numeracy and literacy whilst ensuring they can become confident in physical, artistic, practical and social skills. We provide a broad and balanced education allowing for the individual needs of each child to be met and all the staff at St Luke's are therefore committed to ensuring the positive mental health and well-being of all the children.
Please take a moment to read our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy here.
How Do We Do This?
Mental Health First Aiders
Emotional Well-Being Ambassadors
Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)
Zones of Regulation
At St Luke's, we have accredited Mental Health First Aiders who have been equipped with the skills needed to support their own and others’ well-being. They have been trained to:
notice the signs of mental ill health
break down barriers and listen in a non-judgemental way
signpost children and parents to relevant support
The children are at the heart of everything we do at St. Luke’s. We are in the process of developing a group of Well-Being Ambassadors, children that will work with key adults in the school and look out for their peers.
An ELSA in a school is an 'Emotional Literacy Support Assistant'. There is a recognised ELSA training course aimed specifically at Teaching Assistants in schools. Examples of things covered on the course are social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focus and friendship. At St. Luke’s we have 2 ELSAs.
Zones of Regulation is a strategy that we use with children 1:1 or as a whole class. It teaches children about the emotions and how they might feel when experiencing different emotions. Then children choose strategies (tools) to keep in their ‘toolkit’ to draw on when necessary, for example if they are worried they might count to 10 slowly in their heads.
We have an outside agency called 'Kick London' who come into the school once a week. The mentor works with children, mostly in upper KS2, on solution-focused mentoring. The objective of the mentoring is to ensure young people are responsible for their own behaviour and develop strategies to think independently, which enables them to be successful within a learning context. This may be in relation to their behaviour, anxiety, social relationships with peers or strategies for inside the classroom.
We are lucky to have our Psychological Therapist, Fiona Treasure, as a permanent member of staff who works with children 4 days a week. Fiona works 1:1 or in small groups with children using a range of strategies and therapeutic support.
For any further information on any of our social, emotional and mental health provision please contact our SENCO, Matthew Tranter. Contact details can be found on the 'Contact us' page.
At St. Luke's we are pleased to be part of Tower Hamlets Education Wellbeing Service (THEWS). THEWS focus on children's wellbeing, specifically if your child is experiencing anxiety or displaying challenging behaviour. THEWS offer 1:1 intervention with parents, group work with children and workshops for parents, carers and children.
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Furthermore, we often here of children who are struggling to get a good night's sleep. This means that they come in to school, too tired, and this affects their enjoyment of the day and their capacity to engage with the curriculum.
Press here for guidance on how to get a good night's sleep.