On Friday 9th October we will show our support for the Young Minds Children's mental health charity. Children and staff can wear something yellow to school and donate £1 to support this worthy cause. As a Rights Respecting School children's social and mental health is at the heart of everything we do.
At Grafton, we have introduced the Thrive approach to help develop the children's social and emotional wellbeing and social skills, all of which are needed to enable learning to take place. Children can find it hard to put their needs into words, but the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling. For some children, there may be an obvious reason why they need extra support. This might be due to bereavement, family break down or an identified medical condition. For others, there may not be any obvious trigger as to why they are finding some aspects of school and/or home life difficult.
Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:
• feel good about themselves and know that they matter
• increase their sense of security and trust
• increase their emotional well-being
• improve their capacity to be creative and curious
• increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
• learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
• learn to think before behaving in a certain way
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs. Governments must help families who cannot afford to provide this.