In September 2021, we were pleased to introduce the role of a Wellbeing Support Worker to our school. As with a number of schools across the country, this was as a result of recognising that we had an increasing number of children experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties. We felt that it was essential to intoroduce this role to support our children with a programme of social, pastoral and creative activities. Helna Ivos works closely with our class teachers and members of the senior leadership team to help support children with specialised programmes of study. These have proved effective for our pupils, giving them the opportunity to discuss concerns and work alongside Helna to find solutions.
Helna loves her work with the pupils, believing that good mental health is an integral part of children's education. She says 'I have seen first-hand what a positive impact the support we offer has had on the overall wellbeing and happiness of children in school. In turn, this helps to support their learning. Early support can ensure that our pupils are the best versions of themselves.'