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Mental Health and Well Being

The welfare of all children and staff is extremely important to us at Anston Hillcrest Primary, this year we have developed a comprehensive Mental Health and Well Being Framework to ensure that everyone has a voice and everyone is supported. We want everyone to feel that they are listened to and have worked hard to ensure that staff are trained to be able to do this for our pupils and for each other. We also ensure everyone is signposted to supportive networks and provision beyond the school.


We have developed an Inclusion Team across the school, who work together with pupils to support each other. The team involve staff, including a Youth Mental Health First Aider and an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). The staff are already very active and are currently ensuring that all other staff are fully trained to broaden support for all.

They are working with pupils to develop 'Well-Being Warriors', supporting and helping each other! 



We work in collaboration with experts, trainers and counsellors who specialise in counselling both children and adults.  We also help children with coping methods surrounding healthy relationships, puberty, sexual education, anxiety, emotional well-being, self-esteem and self-care.

Workshops/lessons will run throughout the school year to ensure that we continue to help our children in the changing world they will face when they move on from Primary School and into later life. 

These workshops will all run in line with the PHSE curriculum, which will ensure that we can underpin key skills within these lessons. It ensures that all children are given guidance in relation to Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World and will meet the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) guidelines in September 2020.

We use the JIGSAW PHSE Scheme of work, which you can find more information about on their website by following this link:


It also includes information for parents/carers to support their children at home.



Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


Well-Being Sessions

Next term we will be trialling Well-Being sessions for children. These will include: mindfulness colouring, resilience building, meditation and yoga. 


PE and Outreach Provision

Physical activity is scientifically proven to have a positive impact on mental health. As a school, we work extremely hard to receive awards for our commitment towards sporting activities. This is a success that only continues and is promoted through our PE lessons, playground leaders, daily mile, weekly external sporting events and our work with JMAT.


Take a look at the links at the bottom of this page to see ideas and activities to support you and your family. 

Fill Your Bucket

Please see the you tube link for the video of our staff wishing you well during lockdown. We are missing you so much!


This is the link to the video created by some of our children!

Bereavement reading resources - we hope no-one needs these but useful reading around bereavement

Mental Health Awareness Week - Kindness

Letter from Director of Public Health

We have a package of learning resources from Now Press Play which we use at school. The company have allowed us to use these resources whilst children are at home. If you want your child to have a go at one of the learning experiences, log onto the website using a phone or ipad/tablet. The children can do it with or without headphones. You will need to put the compass points; North, South, East, West on the walls of one of the rooms in your house (see the document below). If the children would like to do a follow up writing activity i.e. a diary entry or letter from the character in the story, this would be fabulous. If you take any pictures of the children participating in the learning experiences, please tweet to school @hillcrestanston and also to @nowpressplay