School Based Support

Every member of staff at Hextable Primary School promotes mental health awareness and monitors the children closely to identify any child who may need support. Procedures are in place for any concerns to be followed up quickly ensuring that the appropriate support is provided for individuals. Please contact Mrs Hammond or the Wellbeing team for further assistance. 

 wellbeing@hextable-primary.kent.sch.uk 

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Quality First Teaching/Whole School Approach

At Hextable Primary School we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. 

  • 5 Point Scale/ Regulation Stations -  Used in every classroom to assist children in becoming aware of their emotions, such as anger or pain, and the stage or level of the emotion.
  • Relationships with key adults -   Every member of staff builds postivie relationships with every child ensuring the children feel that they belong and are a valued part of the school community.
  • RSE/PSHE -  Taught on a weekly basis. Our implementation of the Kapow scheme aims to help develop children's social and emtoional skills. 
  • Peer Mentoring -  This aims to buld confidence, self-esteem and resilience. It allows children and young people to feel accepted and included by other pupils.
  • Check In’s/Open Culture -  Where children can drop in and see a designated adult if they are feeling anxious or worried about a certain situation/issue.
  • Extra-Curricular Activities - This boosts children's confidence to interact socially with others, extend their social network and provide them with new skills and abilities. 

School Based Interventions

At Hextable we provide a range of school based interventions for children who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions.

  • Draw and Talk - Children can explore their emotional world though the medium of drawing. It is benefical for children who find it difficult to talk about their emotions.
  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) - ELSAs help children and young people learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them.
  • Walk and Talk - Children can have the opportunity to walk and talk with our pupil support assistants about talk through any worries or feelings they are experiencing.
  • Lunch Bunch - Children can attend weekly for 30 minutes and it helps build relationships and improve social skills. 
  • Lego Therapy - This intervention encourages the development of children's social skills, turn taking, language building and self-regulation. 
  • Reading to Dogs - Children can interact openly with dogs to help develop their reading skills, build their self-confidence and behaviour, and help their social and emtional welfare too. 
  • Wellbeing Support - This provides children an opportunity to discuss the positive and tricky parts of their week at home and school in a safe enviornement. 
  • Young Carers - These drop in sessions and regular group activites enable young carers to have fun and learn new skills within a safe environment, as well as providing an opportunity for them to meet and socialise with other young carers who may share similar experiences to them.
  • Nurture Interventions - This intervention focuses on children who have social, emotional and mental health needs. It supports children in developing relationships with their peers and teachers, develops their self-esteem and learn to have a greater understanding of and ability to express their emotions. 
  • Friendship Interventions - This intervention supports children who might struggle to make friends or may struggle to maintain friendships. It helps children to further develop their social skills and confidence. 

School Environment

Our school environment has been designed with the aim of supporting children's wellbeing.

Inside Spaces

Within each classroom, the reading corners provide spaces for quiet reflection, whilst other areas of the room are designed to stimulate children's engagement and natural curiosity.  

Each classroom will have a calm down corner or area which allows the children to go to when they feel their emotions are running too high and they need to regain their emotional and physical control. These spaces are equipped with the 5-point scale to help with self-regulation, comforting objects and soothing materials that promote mindfulness, breathing and reflection.

The Hub

 The Hub is a provision carefully adapted to meet the needs of our children. The room is espeically designed to be low sensory to provide a calming alternative to being in the classroom. 

Outside Spaces

Our Daily Mile track provides space for children to be active. It can be used freely by the children during break and lunch times, in all weathers, and is also utilised by classes at various points during the day. Children may use it for releasing energy by running around the track, or for quiet reflection, taking a walk in nature. 

The Mound and Trim Trail also provide areas for children to release built up energy, and develop confidence in risk taking within a structured space.

Further space for quiet reflection is provided by quiet gardens which may be used by classes or small groups throughout the day.