At New Ford Academy the well-being of our children is our main priority. We want all of our pupils to be happy and healthy. We teach the children how to be mentally healthy across the curriculum and we are creating as many opportunities as we can through our Personal Development agenda to promote strategies for looking after their mental health.
We have designated areas of the website that give examples of the ways that we promote children’s well-being at New Ford Academy and also how we aim to support Parents and Carers in a variety of ways too through our Families Team.
An example of just two effective strategies we employ to support our children's Mental health are our Buddy Bench and Worry Monsters.
Our buddy bench provides a safe space for children to signal they would like a person to talk to or play with. All our children understand they can use this at play times and lunch times and also to look out for others choosing to sit there that they can help too.
Worry Monsters live in every classroom throughout school and are there to take our children’s worries away!
Children are encouraged to write down their worries on a special slip and post them in the Worry Monster’s mouth. The teacher then checks the Worry Monster regularly for slips.
Children can choose the option for the teacher to write back or have a chat in private and the worry will be addressed in the appropriate way and if needed passed on to Mrs Kendrick or Mrs Kelsall.
Click on the link below to find out about our this Club that we run after school.
We began this term with a two day focus on Wellbeing focus. Follow the link below to our PSHE tab to find out more.
Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources
Miss Ashley’s Assemblies revolve around sharing a story book, discussing the themes, issues and useful strategies. This half term they have had a wellbeing focus. Follow the link below to our find out more.