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Whitstable Junior School

Whitstable Junior School

Learning today for life tomorrow

Well-Being and Nurture

We have a very successful well-being team in place working throughout the school. The aim of the team is to support vulnerable children in their social and emotional development with a view to:

  • enhancing their physical and emotional/mental well-being
  • improving their social and emotional skills in order for them to be more successful members of the school community, family and ultimately society
  • enhance learning and thereby attainment

Any child in the school can ask for support from any of the team members if they are experiencing worries or problems and many children take part in group activities as part of the school’s ongoing pastoral support for pupils. Some children also receive more structured support if they are particularly vulnerable at any time. This could be in response to family trauma, suffering loss or grief following bereavement, depression or lack of self esteem / confidence or any other event that might have impact on their emotional well being and therefore learning. This could be short term or long term. It will also involve those children who display behavioural problems.

Parents, staff or children themselves can ask for support from the team.

The team offers a wide range of support from ‘meet and greet’ on the gate each morning to play therapy or friendship groups. We offer support for bereavement, help children with family trauma and support parents. We also signpost to a range of outside agencies who can support families and children.

We firmly believe that for children to maximise their learning potential they need to have a strong sense of well being – happy children make successful learners.

“Thank you for all the work and effort you have put in with our daughter this term – it has made a real difference! Generally she seems to be in a much calmer and confident place. Thank you again.”

“I have been really impressed with how the wellbeing team dealt with a problem my son had at school. He was able to talk about his worries with the wellbeing officer and she immediately liaised with the classroom teacher who quickly found a solution. It boosted my son’s confidence straight away – much appreciated!”





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