Wellbeing and Mental Health


Wellbeing and Mental Health

Lead Staff Members


Ms V Price
Mental Health Lead

Colin 2

Mr C Brookes

Kat 2

Mrs K Partridge
Learning Mentor / Drawing and Talking Practitioner

At Jolesfield CE Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

Our RSHE curriculum supports wellbeing, through equipping children with the skills and knowledge to help promote their own emotional health.  All pupils are regularly invited to name the trusted adults in their lives and supported to share their feelings. A listening box is available in every classroom so children can share any worries or concerns and have these addressed either directly or anonymously.  

Our message is that it is important to talk; no one should feel alone.

 At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 


We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support– To meet the needs of all our pupils  through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.

Additional support– For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

Targeted support–  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

Learning Mentor

“My role as a qualified learning mentor is to help students develop strategies, enhance their motivation and encourage them to strive to be the best they can. I work with students with complex needs such as bereavement, poor attendance, low self esteem, low confidence, mental health issues, relationship difficulties including bullying and family issues or concerns. I plan a path of support that will help the student with these barriers and work 1:1 on programs such as “Marvellous Me”, “Starving the Anxiety Gremlin”, “Starving the Anger Gremlin” and develop coping strategies that work for them. Wherever possible, I help the pupil make links to our school approach of Zones of Regulation.  This helps the pupil to take ownership and identify a toolkit of ways to support themselves further. 

I offer a sympathetic ear and offer support for pupils in class inorder to build a trusting relationship across pupils, teachers and parents. All learning mentoring is discussed with parents  to ensure we can work supportively together in order to have the best outcomes.  

I am also a qualified Drawing and Talking Practitioner.  Sometimes, a different approach is needed to learning mentoring.  Drawing and Talking is a fabulous therapeutic approach, which can be extremely beneficial to help children process emotional pain or trauma.  For more information, please click on the link below.”

Kat Partridge

Useful Links and Resources

  • Every Mind Matters

A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

  • Guide to screen addictions and responsible digital use

The time we spend in front of screens has a huge influence on our lives. Take control and ensure your digital devices have a positive impact on your life.

  • Young Minds

Whether you want to understand more about how you’re feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who’s struggling, young minds can help.

  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Advice and guidance for parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing  poor mental health or wellbeing.

  • Childline

Childline offers free and confidential phone and online support lines to children and young people in need. They also offer online counselling via their website.

  • Parent Gym

Parent Gym is an evidence-based parenting programme involving a series of six sessions proven to increase parents’ skills and confidence and so improve the behaviour and wellbeing of their children.

  • Charlie Waller Trust

The Charlie Waller Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.

  • The Sleep Charity

The Sleep Charity are a national, award-winning charity supporting children with sleep issues. 

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