Pupil Wellbeing

What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” However, it is important to realise that wellbeing is a much broader concept than moment-to-moment happiness. While it does includes happiness, it also includes other things, such as how satisfied people are with their life a whole, their sense of purpose, and how in control they feel.

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At Ash Trees Academy we pride ourselves on prioritising pupil wellbeing.  We focus on 4 key areas of wellbeing

Physical Wellbeing

Health & Fitness
Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety.It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving quality of life. At Ash Trees all our pupils take part in regular physical activity everyday through work and play.

Nutrition
A balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be protected by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water. Our kitchens provide a well balanced and nutritious meal for pupils and staff regularly promote healthy eating campaigns both at school and at home.

Please check out this website for loads of handy and helpful tips on exercise and nutrition Change4life

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Emotional Wellbeing

SCERTS
The acronym SCERTS refers to the focus on:

SC: Social Communication – Development of spontaneous, functional communication, emotional expression and secure and trusting relationships with children and adults.

ER: Emotional Regulation – Development of the ability to maintain a well-regulated emotional state to cope with everyday stress, and to be most available for learning and interacting.

TS: Transactional Support – Development and implementation of supports to help partners respond to the child’s needs and interests, modify and adapt the environment, and provide tools to enhance learning (e.g., picture communication, written schedules, and sensory supports).

Self-Esteem
Self-esteem can play a significant role in motivation and success throughout life. Low self-esteem may hold you back from succeeding at school or work because you don’t believe yourself to be capable of success. By contrast, having a healthy self-esteem can help you achieve because you navigate life with a positive, assertive attitude and believe you can accomplish your goals.

Zones of Regulation

This helps pupils gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behaviour approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help pupils recognise when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. In the activities, pupils also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Pupils explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen pupils understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach pupil these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognise a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills

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Mental Wellbeing

Some situations at school can be stressful and overwhelming for our pupils, the light room and sensory room at Ash Trees have been designed to allow students to use the quiet space to calm down, regain control of their emotions and reflect on their feelings. This gives them a safe space and time away from stressful situations to reflect on their experiences which have generated their feelings and may ultimately lead to the behaviours which they cannot control. This really helps promote positive mental health.

Pupils know that staff are always there to talk to should they need too.

There are some fantastic resources are available online:-
Young Minds

CAMHS

Childrens Mental Health Week

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Social Wellbeing

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life in modern Britain. We aim to promote the development of self-confidence, self-esteem and practical strategies required to make choices and resist inappropriate pressure.

We seek to foster the development of positive and supportive relationships.

At Ash Trees Academy, we deliver a tailor made PSHE curriculum to meet the varied needs of each of our pupils.

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