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Social, Emotional, Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

What is Mental Health?

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What is mental health?

At West Town Lane Academy children are taught about Emotional Wellbeing. Children are taught about different emotions including what they might look and feel like. They develop strategies to identify different emotions and separate ‘small feelings’ from ‘big feelings’ and most importantly, they are taught strategies that can help them to manage these feelings and address issues when they become too big to cope with alone.


In EYFS ‘Bear Emotions’ are used and in Year 1, the ‘Emotion Characters’ are introduced as a tool to support children in identifying different feelings.

All children will be taught some very simple regulation strategies which they will be encouraged to try if they are feeling the need to address difficult emotions.

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Supporting Children's Mental Health