The children's wellbeing is at the very heart of everything we do at Pennine Way. Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. At Pennine Way we believe that the years that children spend at Pennine Way are crucial in developing life-long good mental health and positive life outcomes. This is why we have invested a great deal of time, energy and resources in developing the wellbeing side of our work.
The staff understand the importance of promoting wellbeing, building resilience and good mental health. By working with families and other professionals we can enable the children to cope with adversity. It must be a whole school approach which is why we have SEND, Safeguarding and the Nurture Centre working closely together. Classes are encouraged to take regular 'brain breaks' (a concept from Finland) and to use mindfulness approaches.
An estimated three children in every classroom has a diagnosable mental health problem. This rises to one in four children when we include emotional distress.
Green, H., McGinnity, A, Meltzer., et al. (2005)
Office for National Statistics (2016)