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Whole School Approach

Promote a whole school ethos and environment that supports the emotional and mental health of pupils, staff and the wider school community.

Schools have a significant role to play in developing and sustaining good emotional and mental health in our children and young people. This website is a resource for Derby schools to support, share and celebrate the work that we are doing to ensure that every child can reach their potential.

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NB: Did you know kindness can help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing? Research shows that being kind has clear benefits for our mental health. Find out more about what these benefits are from the kindness matters guide ...Read more

   Black History Month

Black History Month activities for kids to use in the classroom this month or ways to discuss Black history throughout the school year, options for your classroom's, plus ways to include this year’s theme. ...Read more

   Build Back Childhood A really interesting read: Before the pandemic, a child’s health, wellbeing and life chances were powerfully shaped by the circumstances of their birth. The pandemic has painfu...Read more

   Compassion in the Classroom

The 'Compassion in the Classroom' online resource is a repository for any Head Teachers or senior school staff members, of any school in the UK, that are looking to implement a Whole School Approach to wellbeing. It primarily consists of available in-house initiatives, free resources, ...Read more

   Every Mind Matters

Follow the link for the NHS top tips to support children and young people. #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek#2022 more

   External Agency Support

Click below to check out our repository of useful links, contacts, and organisations that support different eleme...Read more

   Get your pupils involved in the National Thank a Teacher Day celebrations!

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   Mental Health Awareness Week

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek starts on 15 May. This years theme is Anxiety. ...Read more

   Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 toolkit

Don't forget to download your resources to help you this week. https://mentallyhe...Read more

   Mental Health Podcasts

NB: Check out the 'Let's Talk: Mental Health' podcast brought to you by @mentalhealth. They have got together with different people & experts to chat about mental health. Available whe...Read more

   Pupil Voice

Pupil voice in schools means a whole-school commitment to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all children and young people. It means placing value on what children and young people tell school staff about their experiences. ...Read more

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   The eight principles

A whole school approach is crucial in tackling mental health effectively and particularly in removing stigma, by working universally across the school community. This diagram illustrates the eight principles to developing a whole school or college approach to emotional wellbeing and is...Read more

   The Whole School Approach at St Martins

On Tuesday 19th November we visited St Martins specialist school in Alvaston, Derby to see how the school has ful...Read more

   Ukraine Crisis Mental Health Visual Aid

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   World Mental Health day

NB: Wear yellow on 10 October and donate to Young Minds this World Mental Health Day. Together we can create a brighter future for young people's mental health. Sign up for free School fundraising packs: https://www.youngmi...Read more

   World Mental Health Day 2022 toolkit

Toolkits of resources for primary and secondary/FE settings, full of World Mental Health Day activities for whole classes, small groups or individual pupils. ...Read more

   World Suicide Prevention Day

Click on the link for some helpful resources: ...Read more

   Zoning in – Back to School

NB: A recap for the new academic year on the Zones of Regulation. All the different ways children feel and the states of alertness they experience are categorized into four coloured zones. Children who are well regulated are able to be in the appropri...Read more