Why is well-being of pupils so important?

When children and young people have good levels of wellbeing it helps them to:

  • learn and explore the world
  • feel, express and manage positive and negative emotions
  • form and maintain good relationships with others
  • cope with, and manage, change, setbacks and uncertainty
  • develop and thrive.

When children and young people look after their mental health and develop their coping skills it can help them to boost their resilience, self-esteem and confidence. It can also help them learn to manage their emotions, feel calm, and engage positively with their education – which can, in turn, improve their academic attainment.

At our schools we believe in nurturing the WHOLE child- good mental health & self esteem go hand in hand with better academic achievement and our aim is to help ALL our children to achieve their potential.

Wellbeing for Pupils

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory of motivation which states that five categories of human needs dictate an individual’s behavior. Those needs are physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - Simply PsychologyNeeds lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to needs higher up.

At Ackton Pastures, we work with our families and external services to ensure our pupils have their physiological and safety needs met.

In school, we support children to develop their knowledge and understanding about the higher needs in the hierarchy by;

  • Weekly PSHCE lessons
  • Relationships and Sex Education lessons
  • Values assemblies
  • Carefully chosen stories/ texts
  • Themed events/ weeks e.g. Mental Health Week and Anti-bullying Week
  • Aspiring visitors
  • Picture News
  • School Values
  • British Values
  • Pastoral support

After School Clubs

Our after school clubs are based on the needs and requests of our children. We provide a varied offer which we amend termly depending on our children’s pupil voice. The majority of our after school clubs are free of charge. There is a small supplement for Elite after school clubs as these are lead by external specialist coaches.

Autumn Term

  • Board game club
  • Lego club
  • Film club
  • Gardening club
  • Drawing club
  • TT Rockstars club
  • Football club
  • Elite Clubs – gymnastics, forestry and multi-skills

Spring Term

  • Baking club
  • Tag-rugby club
  • Art club
  • Board game club
  • Choir
  • Reading club
  • Coding club
  • DT club
  • Elite Clubs – street dance, forestry and hockey

Summer Term

To be confirmed once pupil voice is collected.