Your Child's Wellbeing
Children’s mental health and well-being has been in the news and is something at Outwoods we take very seriously. With a range of issues surrounding social media, self-esteem, social mobility and diet among many others, it is clear that there is a nationwide concern emerging around children’s mental health.
What’s also apparent is that this issue is not specific to any particular age group, with children in primary schools, secondary schools and further education being affected. Here at Outwoods we recognise that at different times and for different reasons things may be ‘tough’ for children. We have invested time and resources into training all of our staff on trauma and attachment issues and we are an 'Attachment Aware' school.
We are always trying to think of new ways to support children’s mental health and the worries they may have, whether it be yoga, gardening club, nurture groups, breakfast club, early help assessments, liaising with parents/carers or simply providing time out for a child to speak to one of our Learning Mentors or a member of staff.
At Outwoods, we are in the process of developing the school woodland to create a Forest School area, which is very exciting. Forest School is a specialised learning approach, led by qualified practitioners. It promotes child-led exploration of the natural world through practical activities, hands-on experiences and play. Throughout their sessions children will develop a respect for nature, others and themselves. We will go outside throughout the seasons, in all weathers. Forest School helps children gain confidence, build self-esteem, improve social skills and will encourage independence. All of which will benefit them in the classroom and beyond.
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