Well Being

Our mental health and wellbeing programme at Burnopfield Primary School


At Burnopfield Primary School we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils. We have a supportive and caring ethos and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.

We believe that mental health and wellbeing is the basis for a happy and successful life at school and beyond. Wellbeing plays a key role in our school ethos, and shapes our policies and procedures implicitly and explicitly. We strive to improve the wellbeing of our students and staff in everything we do, seeking to build resilience, identify and monitor concerns, and support students and families who face challenges. 

​At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play. We also recognise that good physical health can enhance this so actively promote making healthy lifestyle choices.

​​At our school we:

  • help each other to understand our emotions and feelings better

  • help each other feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries

  • help each other socially to form and maintain relationships

  • promote self- esteem and ensure everyone knows they are valued

  • encourage each other to be confident and tolerant of differences (Expect Respect and All Different, All Equal incentives)

  • help each other to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

  • support each other in making healthy lifestyle choices to enhance wellbeing

  • seek immediate advice from external agencies where appropriate


We promote a mentally healthy environment through:

  •  Our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging.

  •  Pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making

  •  Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements

  •  Opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others

  •  Providing opportunities to reflect

  •  Access to appropriate support that meets children’s needs


We pursue our aims through:

  •  Universal, whole school approaches

  •  Support for pupils going through recent difficulties including bereavement.

  •  Specialised, targeted approaches aimed at pupils with more complex or long term difficulties including attachment disorder

Building resilience

By creating an environment that is both caring and challenging, encourages risk while permitting failure, and provides opportunities to step out of their comfort zone, we seek to develop resilience in our students.

Alongside a varied curriculum, we encourage all our students to take part in activities such as school groups, pupil councils, after school clubs and residentials. This allows them to gain experience from which we hope they learn, develop and grow as individuals. We also look to develop resilience through:

  • RSHE lessons, in which we discuss topics such as choices, friendships and relationships

  • whole-school and year group assemblies, in which external experts speak to each year group several times a year on a range of issues such as social media and anti-bullying.

  • our wellbeing programme, which provides activities including a nurture group, pastoral drop in sessions, wellbeing walkway, sessions on mindfulness, yoga, helping others and also sessions in our Forest School.

  • PE lessons, which will allow us to learn new skills whilst also having the opportunity to develop those that we find tricky. PE lessons are a safe and structured way to challenge ourselves, beat personal targets and also face competition between others all the while, learning how to deal with successes and disappointments. 

Through this programme, we deliver a clear, coherent message: positive mental health is attainable. We also take opportunities such as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week to emphasise the importance of mental health and maintaining an open and positive environment.

Monitoring and supporting children

Our teachers and support staff are the robust ‘first line’ to support children individually and in small groups. We encourage students to raise any concerns with a member of staff to whom they feel comfortable talking, and teaching and pastoral teams work together to identify any changes in behaviour and monitor any concerns. 

As well as our normal daily practice, we offer a range of support:


Universal Support - To meet the needs of our whole school community we aim to develop an overall ethos of support and guidance including; RSHE curriculum, Restorative behaviour resolution techniques, Durham Resilience Project, National Anti-Bullying weeks, Mental Health Awareness Weeks and incentives, Health and Fitness Weeks and Happy Feet Walking Challenges, Healthy School Award and strategies.

Additional support - is available for those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as illness, bereavement, family breakdown etc.


Targeted support - is available for those who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions e.g. Relax Kids, Nurture Group, Counsellor, Music Therapy.

As part of our targeted provision the school will work with other agencies to support

children’s emotional health and wellbeing including:


  • The school nurse

  • Educational psychology service

  • Behaviour support - EWEL Team

  • Paediatricians

  • CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service)

  • Counselling services

  • Family support workers

  • Therapists

  • Training


As a minimum, all staff will receive regular training about recognising and responding to mental health issues as part of their regular child protection training in order to enable them to keep students safe.

Lead Members of Staff


Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of students, Our main strength is our well-being team. 


Mrs Brunton- Co-Head/SENDCO/DSL

Mrs Thompson - Co-Head/Senior Mental Health Lead/ Deputy DSL

Mr Robertshaw - Behaviour Lead/Deputy DSL

Mrs Ferris - Pastoral Lead/Anti-Bullying and RSHE Lead/Deputy DSL/Mental Health Champion

Mrs Gray - PE and Mental Health Lead/Mental Health First Aider

Mr Gibson - Mental Health First Aider

Mrs Errington - Healthy Schools Lead


Together they form part of a wider Wellbeing team. We continue to develop our staff so that they can better support our students, most recently through Mental Health training for all members of staff.


Referral to outside agencies ​

Where we establish that a child needs support beyond what we can offer, referrals will be made to outside agencies such as CAMHS or EWEL Team.

Supporting families and the wider community

As with every aspect of school life, effective support for students’ mental health and wellbeing depends on the strength of input from our families and the wider community. Through our parental surveys; wellbeing focus groups; newsletters and social media platforms, we make sure that parents have every opportunity to help shape our approach. 

We encourage an open dialogue with all our families and would value feedback on any of the above, or otherwise, that may help us improve wellbeing throughout the school.​

Frequently asked questions

What is wellbeing and why is it important?

There are several definitions of wellbeing, but most are based on health and happiness. It is important because this is what we truly want for our children. Research has proven that without emotional and physical wellbeing, students will not be able to reach their full potential.

How does the school provide a healthy and welcoming environment?

Hopefully the above letter has made it clear how seriously we take the wellbeing of your child. The health and happiness of our students is a consideration at every level of decision making, and is part of the success criteria by which we judge our performance as an organisation.

How can we support our child’s wellbeing at home?

By encouraging your child to engage with the school’s wellbeing programme, and getting involved yourself, we believe there is a significant amount to gain. Simply by being there for them and spending time talking with them you will be helping them develop the skills they need to overcome challenges in later life. By working together, we can support our children more effectively.

You can access further information on how to support mental health and wellbeing via the websites below.

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Just as people’s bodies can become unwell, people’s minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think – three children in every classroom have a mental health problem. Young Minds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you need to talk, they can let you know about organisations that listen, plus they offer online support and info.



Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. 

Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours and the call won’t show on your phone bill)


Place 2 Be

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

They provide mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. They also offer expert training and professional qualifications.



Action for Children protect and support children and young people. They do this by providing practical and emotional care and support. They make sure children’s voices are heard. They also provide Parent Talk, an online hub for down-to-earth parenting advice. Mental and emotional wellbeing is a key part of the support they offer. Parents can browse advice articles, created or curated by our parenting coaches. Or they can speak directly to a coach through a one-to-one live chat.


Who can we speak to if we’re concerned about our child’s wellbeing at school?

For any concerns about a child's wellbeing, please contact their class teacher.

Equality and Respect

  • All different, All equal campaign

  • Expect Respect campaign for all children

  • Rainbow Ambassadors

  • Mini Police

  • Equality Corner in school hall

  • Taught as part of RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) and RE lessons

  • Show racism the red card

British Values

  • Community links

  • Discussion and debate

  • Democracy and fair voting

  • Weekly ‘In the News’ sessions in all classes

  • School council

  • Behaviour policy

  • Assemblies

  • Pupil Voice

  • British Values underpins the whole curriculum

Emotional Well-Being and Pastoral Care

  • Well-being is one of our key curriculum drivers

  • The well-being walkway

  • Relax Kids

  • Mindfulness

  • School Counsellor

  • Pastoral care (Pastoral lead)

  • Assemblies

  • Self-esteem and self-worth modelled by staff

  • Anti-bullying incentives

  • Regular praise and reward

  • Ethos of the school

  • Worry wallet/problem box

  • Mini police / Buddies

Online Safety

  • Digital Literacy in the curriculum

  • Digital Detectives

  • Parent workshops

  • RSE Curriculum

  • Culture of Safeguarding for staff and children

  • Assemblies

  • Anti-Bullying work

  • In the News sessions

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Full range of extra-curricular activities on offer(Music, Sports, Film, Choir, Lingotots,        Photography, Mindful Running, Bookworms, Forest school, Digital Leaders etc)

  • Visits linked to Topic

  • Visitors into school linked to Topic

  • Residential visits

  • Performances (Christmas, End of Year)

  • Parent events

SMSC (Social, Moral, Cultural, Spiritual)

  • Includes all of the above and 

  • Culture kids

  • Twitter (#smscburnopfield)

  • Artsmark

To view our Well Being Policy, visit our School Policies page.

To find out more about well being in our school, visit our Twitter page.

Pupil Voice

  • All children are surveyed regularly through questionnaires and interviews.

  • Every class has a pupil voice suggestion box. 

  • There are a number of opportunities for children to be members of groups across school (School Council, Mini Police, SNAG group, Eco, Digital Detectives, Reading Champions)

  • Throughout the curriculum, children are given regular opportunities for debate and discussion

Pupil’s character

  • Culture of Growth Mindset – developing resilience, risk taking and problem solving

  • KS1 STAR award (stickability, think, attitude, resilience) 

  • KS2 Bright Sparks awards

  • RSE 

  • Assemblies

  • Adventure – a key curriculum driver

  • Aspiration – a key curriculum driver

  • VIPs and Little Stars

Physical Well-Being

  • Well-being is one of our key curriculum drivers

  • Daily Mile

  • Twice weekly PE lessons

  • Happy Feet walking challenge

  • Foundation of Light partnership

  • Dance coaches

  • Grass Roots gymnastics programme

  • Health and Fitness education

  • Cricket coaching

  • Swimming

  • Health and Fitness weeks

  • Range of clubs and events

  • School cross country, cricket, football and netball teams

Healthy Relationships

  • Taught as part of RSE and RE lessons

  • School nurse visits

  • Assemblies

  • Restorative Justice approach to behaviour

  • Online safety

  • Mini Police


  • We offer children a rich and diverse curriculum

  • Six curriculum drivers (respect, growth mindset, well-being, inspiration, aspiration, well-being)

  • Tailored to the needs of our children

  • Linked to local people and the local area

  • Progressive and tailored to help children make connections

Career Pathways

  • Aspiration curriculum driver

  • Career pathways workshops

  • Inspirational people curriculum focus

  • Visits and visitors

  • Assemblies

  • In the News sessions