For the vast majority of children and young people, school building will close tonight and not reopen for the forseeable future.
Taking up a place at school during this time of wider closure is the offer of a last resort, for the minority of key workers, who have no alternative.
These places will be for childcare only and not for education.
If we cannot provide enough staff to support these children the school will close completely.
Please keep yourselves and others safe.
We have been working extremely hard on supporting well-being at Ashby Fields Primary School. In the Spring Term (2018) the children, staff and parents completed well-being surveys which have helped us to understand our strengths and how we may improve our provision.
Our children's responses were extremely positive. They were given a series of statements and asked to score their responses between 0 and 5. 0 meaning they disagreed with the comment and 5 meaning they fully agreed with the statement. Here are the statements and the average response given:
|1) I know about the Wellbeing Award for schools.||2|
|2) In our school, we learn how important it is to talk about our feelings||4|
|3) I believe I can make a difference if someone else is feeling worried or unhappy.||4|
|4) My school really cares about how I am feeling.||4|
|5) My school really cares about all its pupils and how they are feeling.||4|
|6) If needed, I would feel comfortable talking about how I am feeling at school.||3|
|7) My teachers know when I am feeling worried or unhappy.||4|
|8) I am able to get help when I am feeling worried or unhappy.||4|
|9) The school really cares about what I think and listens to what I have to say.||4|
In order to address the two weaker areas, statement 1 and 3 we have done the following:
There has been a whole school assembly to talk about the award, what we are trying to achieve and why.
We invited the PSCO Kirsten Bates into school to deliver 'Butterfly Talks' to each class. This talk encourages the children to consider the butterfly feelings in their tummy and talk to a trusted adult about their worries.
We have reminded children about the 'worry monsters' in our classrooms which they can use to privately share their worries.
We are trialling a new pupil mentor scheme this term, which offers children access to an alternative member of our team to nurture their wellbeing in school.
Our parents were given the following set of statements and asked to grade whether they agreed or disagreed with them on a scale of 0 to 5. 5 being the most positive response. Here are the statements and the average response score.
|1) I have been informed about the Wellbeing Award for schools.||3|
|2) I have a good understanding of the importance of emotional wellbeing and mental health on my child's performance at school.||4|
|3) I understand my contribution in promoting emotional wellbeing and mental health within school.||4|
|4) Everyone involved with the school needs to support and look out for each other when it comes to emotional wellbeing and mental health.||5|
|5) The school really cares about the emotional wellbeing and mental health of everyone involved in the school.||4|
|6) It is clear that emotional wellbeing is valued and important across the school.||4|
|7) The school actively encourages parents to be open about how they and their children are feeling.||3|
|8) If needed, I would feel comfortable talking about my own emotional wellbeing and mental health within the school.||3|
|9) If needed, I would feel comfortable talking about my child's emotional wellbeing and mental health within the school.||4|
|10) The school seeks out and listens to my views and needs about its approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health.||3|
In order to address the lower scoring areas we have done the following:
Set up a Parent Forum which all parents and carers are welcome to attend to share their concerns.
Welcome parents into lessons on a regular basis.
In response to an additional survey taken during the parent consultations we have organised parent workshops to support their needs. We have also arranged for regular coffee mornings for parents of our SEND children.