As a part of our inclusive approach to education for all of our pupils, we recognise that all children may, at some stage, require some additional wellbeing support and guidance. At Chiddingstone School we remain committed to providing such support. Working alongside our Inclusion Leader Nicki Durrant, we have a designated Wellbeing Mentor. Mrs McCarthy has been a part of the Chiddingstone School team for over twenty years and has a broad range of experience in supporting children with SEND. More recently, Liz has developed her role as Wellbeing Mentor after studying with PLACE2BE (the leading charity supporting Children's Mental Health in the Education System).
Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Inclusion Leader and Class Teachers, Liz meets with children on a 1-1 basis and in small groups.
The sessions are offered on a weekly basis and support the child's emotional wellbeing through conversation and play. There are a variety of reasons for the sessions, ranging from anxiety and low self-esteem through to parental separation or loss. The impact of the sessions is evidenced by the child's ability to engage positively in all areas of their school life, both in and out of the classroom.