At Higher Lane Primary School we want to make sure that children are happy, secure and successful and recognise the importance of good mental health. We believe that by creating resilient young people, our children will understand how to manage change, cope with stress effectively, manage their thoughts and feelings and have good problem solving skills.
Higher Lane is committed to supporting all members of our school community and recognise sometimes some children or their families need a little bit of extra help. There are a team of adults in school who organise and provide additional support for parents, carers and children.
Mrs Schofield works with children in and out of class who may require emotional support. Mrs Schofield also runs groups for children to help them cope with change and challenging situations such as transition to another class or secondary school. Our aim is to give children the skills they need to be able to improve their own resilience and face hardships or difficulties with strength and determination.
The well-being room is an inclusive, predictable, calm environment, where children are valued, respected and nurtured unconditionally and the place you will usually find Mrs Schofield. 1-1 or group sessions take place in the well-being and our lunchtime Chill Club is often found here too.
Miss Canavan, Miss Czachar and Mrs Gibbons work closely with the teachers to track your child’s progress in school and organise extra support if your child is falling behind. Senior Leaders also work with the Pastoral staff to ensure that children are emotionally secure and in a place of safety which will then allow them to access the other aspects of the curriculum that the school offers. This provision is monitored and the impact is assessed each half term to ensure next steps are planned for.
Mrs Mawdsley, our SENDCO, may provide support for your child by involving adults in school or specialists from outside of school such as Speech and Language Therapists. If you think your child may need additional support, or you are worried about your child’s progress, please talk to the class teacher or a member of our Pastoral Team.
Early Help - Mrs Nott is able to advise families on the Early Help Process and how to access the support you need. Please speak to any of the team if you would like to discuss accessing Early Help. The Bury Early Help Team are able to make contact with a number of partner organisations to ensure a joined up approach. We will complete an Early Help assessment (Story So Far) to help the team identify an area of need and put the best support in place for your family.
There will always be someone available at the beginning and end of the day so please talk to them directly if you wish to discuss your child.
Here are some links to some useful websites that have information regarding supporting your child with their mental health and wellbeing:
Many of these websites also have information regarding supporting your child with any anxieties they may have around Coronavirus.