At Ark Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. This is more important now than ever.

At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We offer different levels of support:

Universal support

To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum.

  • We have adopted “Jigsaw” as a PSHCE curriculum, which promotes a mindful approach to the subject. This is also included in assemblies
  • Displays around the school promote mental well being and make clear who children can talk to
  • There are twice weekly “Civitas Time” sessions in class, used to talk issues that children are facing, include wellbeing.
  • A member of staff has been appointed “Well Being Leader”. She also supports a group of children to be “Well Being Ambassadors”
  • To resolve disputes calmly, we use a strategy called “Peace Pathways” with younger children, taught explicitly from Nursery to Year 1.
  • We allocate daily teaching time to “Self-regulation” and “managing feelings and behaviour” in Nursery and Reception.
  • Mental Health training for all staff before children returned to school and specific mental health training for key staff.


Additional support

For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences.

  • Learning Mentor support: Talk Time and specific behaviour support.
  • Regular parent meetings and specific plans for individual children.
  • Parent and Child workshops.
  • Targeted interventions.

Targeted support

For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

  • 1:1 Counselling.