At Meadowfield we are committed to nurturing and developing our pupils in all areas of their lives. In addition to a rich needs-led curriculum we acknowledge that pupil well-being is a priority area that we have a responsibility to nurture and develop too.
There has been a recognition at a national level that the mental health and well-being of young people is a priority for us all. Historically and culturally in the UK we have been inclined not to speak about mental health and well-being, yet mental health issues have been on the rise and this is as true for young and old alike and there is evidence that mental health issues and low well-being is a greater concern for people with additional needs.
In response to this we have set well-being and mental health as a top priority.
We recognise that behavioural difficulties and low well-being are directly related and having emotional difficulties and related behavioural difficulties are a barrier to learning, developing meaningful relationships and are a key indicator of low quality of life, and this can be in response to a range of factors. In acknowledging this we aim to address well-being not only through our child-centred approaches to learning and behaviour support but also through a range of well-being interventions.
At Meadowfield School we have access to a range of outdoor learning opportunities designed to nurture well-being, confidence and self-esteem. We access a forest school through Kent Wildlife Trust as well as Challenger Troop and also Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We also have Wildflowers class, a nurture group set up to support some of our pupils who find day to day life in a more conventional class setting challenging and need access to a provision with an even greater emphasis on meeting individual needs which includes access to forest school, regular farm visits as well as individualised 1:1 class based activities in a quiet environment created specifically to nurture well-being. We also have staff trained to deliver a range of well-being activities and interventions from Special Yoga, Gong Therapy and mindfulness. Students also have access to a trained counsellor as well short-slot drops-in referred to as ‘talk-time’.
We are constantly reviewing our well-being provision and will change and add to our offer as new initiatives become available. If you have any questions, queries or would like more information relating to well-being please contact the office and they will put you in touch with either your child’s respective Head of Department.
To view our Well-being policy, please visit our Policies section (click here)
Below are the contact details of a number of charities whose focus is supporting various needs in relation to Wellbeing
Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)