Henry Cavendish Primary School

Growing Together

Get in touch

Contact Details

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Please read more about our approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing in our Resilience Framework below:



A clear vision and values that are understood and consistently communicated

Supporting practices

  • A culture of mutual respect, recognition and affirmation, modelled by staff behaviour
  • Leadership and school development that foster mental health and wellbeing
  • Whole school policies and their consistent implementation
  • Building pupils' sense of belonging and ensuring everyone feels safe within the school
  • Creating opportunities for fun, laughter and relaxation
  • Opportunities for pupils, parents, staff and governors to share their views and influence decisions


Support networks to enable pupils to develop relationships

Supporting practices

  • Teaching social skills, listening and empathy
  • Developing pupils' ability to support each other 
  • Planned opportunities to socialise with different pupils and different people
  • Teaching pupils to be able to ask for help
  • Encouraging kindness, and understanding of the consequences of actions
  • Supporting positive communication, including when using social media



Teaching and learning which develop resilient learners

Supporting practices

  • Encouraging perseverance, risk taking and learning through mistakes
  • Providing formative and meaningful feedback
  • A variety of interactive teaching methods that engage all pupils
  • Opportunities for collaboration and team work
  • Providing all pupils with appropriate levels of challenge
  • Teaching creative and systematic problem-solving strategies


A curriculum that teaches life skills, including social and emotional skills

Supporting practices

  • A planned comprehensive PSHE education curriculum
  • Opportunities for pupils to identify emotions, and develop strategies to manage and communicate them 
  • Building pupils' sense of their own identity, including their qualities, likes, hopes, and values
  • Developing pupils’ critical thinking skills and encouraging reflection
  • Providing high quality enrichment activities
  • Opportunities for pupils to volunteer within the school and the local community



Specific help for vulnerable children

Supporting practices

  • All staff, pupils and parents understanding risk factors for mental health problems; and the identification, referral and support system
  • Early identification of pupils with emotional and mental health needs
  • Careful joint-planning to meet individual pupils’ needs
  • Effective recording and monitoring of pupil progress
  • Established school systems, practices and interventions
  • Partnership working with a range of specialist agencies to support whole school practice and pupils with complex concern


Effective partnerships with parents

Supporting practices

  • Joint-planning and decision making with each child’s parent
  • Providing appropriate support for those parents identified as needing additional help, encouraging them to access further support
  • Regular, meaningful communication
  • A range of inclusive activities that support all parents to feel welcome and part of the school community
  • Working in partnership with parents and carers to promote pupils’ social and emotional wellbeing


Support and training for all staff, to build skills capacity and resilience

Supporting practices

  • Enabling and supporting all staff to respond appropriately to pupils’ emotional needs
  • Actively promoting and supporting staff wellbeing and self-care
  • Training staff to increase understanding of mental health and complex trauma
  • Effective staff professional development
  • Consistent, positive and effective management
  • Building supportive and trusting relationships amongst staff