In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health condition. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for the many children and young people affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health. The number of young people suffering with a mental health condition in both the UK and Linlithgow Academy has increased significantly and it is important this is recognised as both a whole school and community issue. The health and wellbeing of all young people is the responsibility of all staff and although Home Economics, PSE and PE lend themselves particularly well to HWB there are links throughout all other subjects too.
Good mental and physical health is central to effective learning and will prepare young people for their future journeys both during and after their school career.
Teachers and support staff will monitor young people throughout their time at Linlithgow Academy and any wellbeing concerns will be reported to Pupil Support Staff. A discussion will then take place with the young person with action taken as required. Any health needs are processed in line with WLC procedures which can be viewed here: Procedures for the Management of Pupils with Healthcare Needs and here: PROCEDURES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF PUPILS WITH HEALTHCARE NEEDS JANUARY 2021 [407.71KB]
In addition to our Support for Pupils School Structure, we also support our young people in many other ways, including the following:
Located at the front of the school to the left of Reception we publish information and links that may be of interest.
Smile School Counsellor
Our Counsellor, Folke from SMILE Counselling helps young people who are struggling with how they feel. Folke is based in Linlithgow Academy on a Tuesday, Wednesday morning and Thursday. Young people can self-refer for a drop-in session via a "drop-in slip" which can be obtained in the Pupil Support office. Once completed the slip should either be put in the box (In the Pupil Support Corridor) or handed back to the appropriate Pastoral Support Worker/ Head of House who will pass onto Folke
A video from Folke can be viewed by clicking link below.
|Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy|
The Policy Aims to:
Summary of our Policy Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy (Summary) [15.4KB]
Health & Wellbeing Policy document MHWB Policy 2021 [442.46KB]
Health & Wellbeing Calendar
At points throughout the year, our young people will be introduced to reminders about the health and wellbeing, maintaining a positive focus on key dates to celebrate and embrace while highlighting support available should things be difficult. These events will be celebrated in class, through the screen at the front of the school, daily bulletin, twitter and website.