The school's Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) Leader is Mrs Shaw. Mrs Shaw is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and has completed the DfE-funded Senior Mental Health Lead Training with Place2Be. She has also accessed specific training around anxiety, bereavement and ????
Our Social, Emotional & Mental Health Governor is TBC.
We also have qualified Mental Health Champions across the staff team who have all completed Place2Be's Foundation course. These staff are: Mrs Bolton, Miss Duggleby-Letheren, Mrs Hesketh, Mrs Meek, Mrs Myers and Mrs Seaton.
There are posters around school that let the children know that they can talk to any grown-up at Collingham School. They will always listen to how they are feeling and they will always try to make them feel better.
However, these posters also name all of the above staff - who have been specially trained - so that the children can talk to them if they would prefer.
All staff in school have completed training with Child Bereavement UK so that - as a school - we were better placed to support families when a baby or child of any age dies, or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Following this training, we created a whole school Bereavement Policy (see attachment below) which sets out how the school would support children, parents and staff with bereavement; provides advice to staff and parents; and also includes a comprehensive list of websites and written resources that might be useful.
Should you require further advice, you can call the Child Bereavement UK helpline on 0800 02 888 40. They will provide confidential support, information and guidance for families.
Place2Be's Parenting Smart is an archive of 51 different topics that can impact so many families across our school community on a day to day basis. Sometimes, we just don't know where to start to help our children during their times of need or when we start to question why they are displaying certain behaviours.
For each of the topics, there are short factsheets to read as well as some accompanying videos that explain how you can help your children in all of these situations.
By clicking on the image above, you will be able to gain free access to all of the factsheets.
The topics include:
1. My child doesn’t want to go to school
2. How can I support my child after a traumatic event?
3. De-escalation techniques with children
4. The importance of limits and consequences for children
5. How to ignore irritating behaviours effectively
6. My child keeps getting angry and lashing out
7. My child struggles with changes and endings
8. My child is anxious
9. Helping your child develop a positive body image
10. Playing with my child
11. Supporting healthy gaming habits
12. My child has friendship issues
13. I’m going through a break up and want to support my child
14. Having your child develop talents
15. Supporting children with homework
16. Co-parenting after a separation or divorce
17. My child thinks they need to be perfect
18. Understanding shyness in children
19. Problem-solving with children
20. My child says “I hate you!”
21. My child has trouble going to sleep
22. How do I get my child to listen?
23. Building listening skills for parents
24. Talking to my child about race and discrimination
25. Helping your child understand cultural identity
26. Helping children develop positive gender identity
27. Helping your child prepare for Secondary or High School
28. My child is struggling with peer pressure
29. My child is being bullied. What can I do?
30. My child has meltdowns
31. Using praise and reward with children
32. My child might have bullied someone
33. My child and I keep getting into arguments
34. My child just says no to everything
35. My child still wets themselves
36. Helping your child when they start or change primary school
37. Family mealtimes are turning into a battleground
38. Safe social media for primary aged children
39. Reading with your child
40. My child pushes my buttons
41. My child is stealing
42. My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
43. Raising a resilient child
44. Healthy habits for parents
45. Understanding sexual development to support your child
46. Building secure relationships with children
47. Creating routines and rituals to help your child
48. Supporting your child when someone dies
49. My child is feeling sad or low
50. Help your child manage separations and goodbyes
51. Understanding sibling rivalries