Wellbeing and Family Support
At Wollaston Primary School, we understand the need for everyone in our school to have a healthy lifestyle. This helps pupils and staff to do their best and build on their achievements. We actively promote physical and emotional health, and aim to equip pupils with the understanding and skills they need to make informed decisions about their health, both now and in the future. By championing healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and emotional health and wellbeing, we are aiming to continue to raise standards and improve levels of pupil achievement.
How we provide well-being support at Wollaston Primary School
- Full time well-being learning mentor accessible to both children and their families daily.
- Emotional Literacy and mental health Support Sessions offered to children.
- Family support offered at school to parents/carers.
- Signposting children and families to appropriate support, agencies and professionals outside of school.
- Well-being information is shared where appropriate to relevant members of staff weekly.
- Friendship groups and individual work with children daily to build upon broken relationships and to promote 'anti-bullying' within our school.
- Individual interventions for children with our learning mentor or Emotional Literacy Support Assistants around issues such as behaviour, self-esteem, anger management, bereavement, family breakdowns, anxiety etc.
- Parenting and family support offered individually or in groups.
- Designated 'safe spaces' that act as a haven for children and a safe environment where they can talk about their worries or concerns.
- All staff are kept up to date with training such as attachment theory, mental health, safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children.
- Year 5 & 6 pupils trained as 'circle of friends' and mentors to younger peers.
Our Family support worker
My name is Nicky Higgins and I am the Family Support Worker and a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. I have worked in Northamptonshire schools since 2005, joining Wollaston Primary in September 2008 as a 1:1 Behaviour Support Assistant. I have worked as a Class Teaching Assistant, Parent Link Worker and now in the full time pastoral role for the school.
What do I do? Well I do most things! I am there to support the emotional welfare of you and your children, a happy family means a happy child and happy children learn better. I have a Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care Learning & Development; am Paediatric First Aid trained; have completed a Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents; undertaken Bereavement training, and Domestic Violence Support amongst other things, Attachment Training amongst other things.
Everything that is said to me is confidential, unless of course I feel that it is a safeguarding matter or you or your child is in immediate danger then I have a duty of care to pass this on to someone else. I am one of the Designated Safeguarding staff members for the school and in this role attend Child In Need & Child Protection Meetings and complete Early Help Assessments for families who need them to help them to access more robust support.
I am involved with supporting children on a 1:1 basis either in the longer term or as and when it is needed, this could be as simple as an upset first thing which needs 5 minutes of TLC to far more complex needs. I am available for the children to speak to at break and lunch times or they can be referred to me by their class teacher or you as parents/carers. I, along with the help of another adult, run a lunch time retreat for those children who struggle on the playground.
We all have the right to feel safe all the time. We can talk with someone about anything even if it’s awful or small.
My role includes support for the parents/carers of our children too. Again this could be a 5 minute “unload” of worries over a cuppa or a longer meeting if needed. I can support parents with their own emotional complications or signpost them to other services who might be better placed to support them. Some of these include: help to understand & managing their children’s behaviour; separation anxiety and referring to parenting groups. I can also help with form filling and information on Pupil Premium applications, (this is an extra source of finding for both the school and family) and Free School Meals along with help on behaviour management and establishing better routines. I also hold food bank vouchers and can support in accessing other organisations to help with food poverty. Even if you are working, the cost of living can be high and we all need a little help sometimes. Please just ask, it will be in total confidence.
Our aim as a school is to provide a holistic support service to our children and their families ensuring that our children are emotionally able to access their education.
I am usually about at the start and end of most days or can be contacted via the office on - 01933 664291 or if you prefer by email
Children learn what they live:
- If children live with criticism they learn to condemn;
- If children live with hostility they learn to fight;
- If children live with ridicule they learn to feel shy;
- If children live with shame they learn to feel guilty;
- If children live with tolerance they learn to be patient;
- If children live with encouragement they learn confidence;
- If children live with praise they learn to appreciate;
- If children live with fairness they learn justice;
- If children live with security they learn to have faith;
- If children live with approval they learn to like themselves;
- If children live with acceptance & friendship they learn to find love.