Portway Junior School

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Emotional Wellbeing

Mental Health & Wellbeing lead: Miss Wilkinson

Inclusion Manager & Wellbeing support: Mrs O'Farrell


At Portway Junior School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable 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.


At Portway Junior School we:

  • Help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • Help the children to develop emotional resilience to manage set backs.
  • Help children to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • Promote self-esteem and ensure children know they count
  • Encourage children to be proud and confident


We offer different levels of support:


  • Universal support: To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and wider curriculum

  • Additional support: For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

  • Targeted support: For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups, ‘Good to be me’ friendship and self esteem programme.

Useful Organisations:

Young Minds- a fantastic organisation offering free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person.

Some useful support:

A parents’ survival guide

Parents helpline

A-Z Mental Health

Build sound minds and JW Bridge the gap are incredible local support groups which parents can directly refer children to and provide parent/child sessions.


NSPCC: The NSPCC’s Parents’ site recognises a big part of keeping children safe is making sure to look after their emotional and mental wellbeing. The site offers information on an array of topics including mental health and wellbeing; self-harm, sexual behaviour and talking about difficult topics. Advice and tips from the NHS.

Time to change: Time to change is a mental health campaign in England, launched in 2007 with the objective of reducing mental health-related stigma and discrimination.

Mind- Mental Health Charity website with advice, information and support

Education Support Partnership- A UK charity providing mental health and wellbeing support to staff working in schools.

NSPCC- let’s talk PANTS

Healthy lunchbox guide

Change for life information


Relax kids

Young Minds

BBC Primary mental health films

Children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

Anna Freud centre

Anna Freud emotional wellbeing information

Useful weblinks:

School Money