At Archbishop Temple Church of England High School, we consider a child’s Mental Health and Wellbeing of paramount importance and will offer support to any children or families who are affected by these issues.
If you feel your child does need support in school, please contact Mrs Bridges in the first instance, and we will be able to discuss with you any issues you feel are important to you and your family.
We have invested in Skodel to help us support pupils' wellbeing in school. Skodel is a simple and engaging way for us to check in with pupils. A pupil guide to Skodel is available to download below.
Pupil Guide to Skodel
We recognise, however, that not all parents are aware of where to turn if they feel their child may have Mental Health issues and so we offer the following as places to find information should you need to do so.
Parents may find this link from Young Minds helpful, by answering 6 questions you can get advice about how to help your child if they are struggling with their mental health:
Parenting Smart offers practical advice for parents and carers of children. All of our content is created by Place2Be's parenting experts. It's based on evidence and their experiences working with children, young people and their families.
Pupils may find Kooth helpful. Kooth is a free, web based, confidential support service funded by the CCG in Lancashire. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people aged 10 - 16.
The Lily Jo Project offers lots of helpful tips and resources for parents and carers to support children and families with mental health.
I am delighted to inform you that our school is taking part in the ‘Digital Healthy Schools Programme’, an initiative designed to educate our students on responsibly using mobile technology to help them manage their health. As you know, our country is facing big challenges to the healthcare system. Yet, many of the long term illnesses that impact so many lives and cost so much to treat are entirely preventable. It has been shown by healthcare professionals that mobile technology is an effective way for patients to manage their conditions and for people to maintain and improve their health. Despite this, mobile health, which can include everything from step counters and stress busting apps to personal diabetes monitoring and skin cancer diagnosis tools, is a relatively unknown area for many people. It requires more awareness, and we need more help navigating the options available. This programme provides an unmatched education in mobile health. Your son/daughter will be made well aware of how they can use mobile health solutions for the benefit of themselves, their friends and their families. Teaching them how to find the best and, importantly, safest apps available to them. In the next few weeks, your child will be introduced to the programme and learn about many aspects of mobile health. Please ask them about this programme and visit the site at www.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk - you too can benefit from what they are learning!
Mrs Bridges (Assistant Director of Pupils).