Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Oasis Academy Clarksfield we believe that good social, emotional and mental wellbeing can create the foundations for healthy behaviours and improved educational attainment. This is embedded in all aspects of our wide, varied and inclusive curriculum.
We use Oldham's whole school approach, 'Supporting Young Minds Through Tough Times' to review and plan our practice and work closely with families, outside agencies and the children themselves to promote effective emotional health and mental wellbeing awareness, guidance, support and intervention.
At Oasis Academy Clarksfield our provision is constantly evolving. Currently we encourage daily physical activity such as the daily mile, celebrate our successes in a weekly whole school assembly, host children’s yoga club and encourage participation through Commando Joe character formation programme. For targeted groups of pupils we offer Morning Club to start the day in a positive way, nurturing midday supervision and Emotional Literacy Interventions and MIND sessions. For higher need pupils we work with Healthy Young Minds to support individual pupils and Early Help to support whole families.
We are currently taking part in the GM Mentally Healthy School Pilot where school leaders are being trained to become Mental Health Champions, support staff are being trained to become Mental Health First aiders and selected pupils are being trained to become Young Mental Health Champions. Some of our KS2 children are also working closely with Youth Sport Trust.
Oasis Clarksfield’s lead teacher for emotional health and mental wellbeing, and your first contact for any questions or issues is Mrs Norris (SENCo/ Associate Principal). Our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant is Miss Nichola Beswick. Mrs Norris is available on the school gate each morning to help in any way or to answer any questions you may have.
These agencies may be able to help you or your child. If you are unsure which agency can best help you speak to Mrs Norris or Miss Beswick.
Place to be https://www.place2be.org.uk/
Anyone can use this form to make a referral to Oldham's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH team) when there are individuals or families needing support from the Early Help team or when there are children or young people needing support for mental health issues. Contact Mrs Norris if you would like help with the forms.
Youth Wellbeing Directory https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/youth-wellbeing/find-a-service-near-you/
This page lists a range of services and activities happening near you.
MIND is a mental health charity with a useful website filled with ideas for support, including mindfulness.
Tamside, Oldham and Glossop MIND are a charity that support children and families in our area. They hold a drop in session on Thursday evenings at the Positive Steps building in Oldham town centre. You do not need an appointment to take your child, should you have any concerns about their emotional health and mental wellbeing. You can call them on 0161 330 9223.
Information and support for parents in Oldham.
Oldham’s Local Offer
The Oldham Local Offer provides information on what is available in Oldham for children and young people and their families with special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND). The Local Offer has been produced by children, young people, parents, carers and practitioners working together.
Please click here to find out more.