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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Mount Pleasant Primary School promoting and supporting mental health is extremely important. We know that mental health is as important as physical health.  Through our Darwin Growth Curriculum (DGC) and PSHE lessons, we teach our children how to be healthy both mentally and physically and talk about this in terms of healthy eating, sleeping and exercise. The DGC also develops children’s sense of self-belief to develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals.

Identifying Mental Health and Wellbeing Needs 

Severn Bridges MAT follows the I-thrive model when identifying children’s mental health and wellbeing needs. 

In the Autumn term, we carry out the SMILE Survey with all children from Year 1 to Year 6. The survey is an emotional and behavioural screening tool and allows us to capture the children’s perspective. Using this tool we can identify the children’s needs and organise appropriate provision to support them. 

Supporting and Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing 

We all have a role to play in supporting and promoting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and we do this in number of ways.


  • Darwin Growth Curriculum and PSHE Lessons.


  • Kay Brophy’s ‘Finding Your Way’ programme which teaches children the 6 Core Emotions. Children are taught about the different emotions through the use of characters that live in fictional Lifeland. The characters take the reader on a journey around Lifeland where, with help from someone they trust, the loveable characters manage to work through their emotions and find a way back to happiness hills. The Lifeland map is at the front of each book to help children visualise the characters journey. Click on the link above to watch a video which tells you more about the programme and features some of us here at MPPS!
  • Mrs Sutcliffe is our Learning Mentor. She provides support and guidance to children who are experiencing difficulties in learning due to social, emotional or behavioural problems. In particular, her support is focussed for our disadvantaged children.Mrs Sutcliffe
  • Mrs Blake is our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. She plans and delivers programmes that help children recognise and manage their emotions, raise their self-esteem, improve peer relationships, recover from significant loss or bereavement, and resolve conflict effectively. Mrs Blake
  • Sarah Farmer is our Play Therapist. She uses play therapy skills such as, sand play, creative arts, role play and stories; all of which helps children of all ages, gender and cultures to learn, communicate and develop their personalities and gain an awareness of their feelings and emotions. Play therapy empowers children to cope with challenges in their lives and to increase their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. Play therapy aims to enable children to reach their potential by alleviating issues they may have, such as problems with concentration, disturbed sleep, anxiety, anger and lack of self-esteem, to name a few. Helping children with these issues will in turn enable them to access learning fully and to feel better about themselves.
  • We work closely with the BEEU Mental Health Support Team. The Educational Mental Health Practitioner assigned to our school can:
  • Provide direct support to pupils with mild to moderate mental health conditions, such as anxiety and low mood. This may also include delivering workshops to groups of pupils and parents.
  • Provide consultations to schools to help think about the best support for the pupils, this may mean support from our team or help with referrals to a more appropriate service.
  • They can also provide school staff with training, education and advice.


  • As part of our work with the Mental Health Support Team, we have set up a Peer Mentoring Programme. The purpose of the programme is for older children to support other children in school with play, problem solving, modelling positive relationships and providing an alternative place to play.


Helplines and Websites for supporting you and your child

There are a range of brilliant local and national agencies offering support and advice for parents and children that we regularly signpost to.