Mental Health and Wellbeing

The pupil mental health team was first set up in 2017. Since then, our understanding of pupils’ mental health and wellbeing has evolved, alongside the development of our mental health and wellbeing provision. We have brought about positive change in the way that staff are trained in pupil mental health and subsequently the experiences that our pupils have in school.

One of the biggest barriers that our pupils at Tram House School have is their ability to express their concerns and feelings in a healthy way.  Upon enrolment at Tram House, we assess the mental health of pupils through a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach. The assessment period lasts up to six weeks and considers aspects such as: baseline skills assessments; observations in class; interviews with family members; past history and a reliance on information from people who know the pupil well.  The needs of all our pupils’ mental health are discussed both strategically and where needed with an individualised multi-disciplinary team approach.  The support provided may be through small group or 1:1 work with a relevant member of our staff team. 

At Tram House School, we believe that emotional wellbeing education is a priority across the school.  It is explicitly taught through several different aspects of the curriculum and school life. Pupils’ IEPs all have social, emotional and mental health goals that are worked on throughout the academic year. Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) also cover the importance of positive mental health and resilience, as well as our specific mental health days and weeks. It is also modelled every day, in all that we do and evidenced in staff, children and parental relationships.

Our mental health and wellbeing offer extends to our whole school community. We believe that it is essential that everyone – pupils, parents, carers and staff – can feel part of a supportive and valued community.  We recognise that our parents are our most valuable way to learn about our pupils. Parents have the opportunity to express their views, input into their child’s educational journey and access support throughout their time with us. We know that our staff are our most important resource and are valued, supported and encouraged to develop personally and professionally within a caring, purposeful school community.

We recognise that there is a direct link between the wellbeing of our parents, carers and our staff and the wellbeing of our pupils, and that the culture and values of our school is determined by the extent to which we all work towards our vision.