What does it mean to be a Kids Matter School? This means here at FNPS we have successfully implemented and embedded the below framework for the benefit of all of our students and school community.
Kids Matter Framework
The Kids Matter framework identifies 4 areas or ‘components’ that schools can use to focus their efforts in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.
1.CREATING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Component 1 focuses on building a sense of community within the school as the foundation for good mental health and wellbeing.
A sense of community promotes feelings of belonging and connectedness in all children, families and staff, and has shown to have a positive effect on children’s mental health.
This component emphasises the importance of inclusion and positive relationships for the benefit of entire school.
At FNPS Inclusion is one of our four values, and we strongly believe that creating an environment that is inclusive will positively impact our students’ learning and overall wellbeing.
2.SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING FOR CHILDREN
Component 2 focuses on the importance of explicitly teaching children Social and Emotional Skills as research has shown that the development of social and emotional skills is important for good mental health, benefits academic learning, the formation of values, and a willingness to achieve and cooperate.
Here at FNPS we have developed a high quality Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum that is explicitly taught within the classroom. This curriculum is research based and heavily influenced by the science of positive psychology. Positive Psychology focuses on the study of what factors help individuals and communities thrive and flourish. As a school community, we are committed to seeing our children flourish in their lives and their learning.
To learn more about our FNPS Social and Emotional Learning curriculum click here
3.WORKING WITH PARENTS AND CARERS
Component 3 recognises that families and parenting are central to children’s mental health.
Researchers have identified a range of family-related risk and protective factors that impact upon children’s mental health, which are influenced by one’s access to quality information, support networks, and professional help when needed.
This component emphasises the importance of working with parents and carers to strengthen the mental health of children in a holistic way.
At FNPS we believe strongly in the importance of community as a factor that positively influences learning and wellbeing. We encourage parents to be involved in school life and their child’s learning as much as possible. Throughout the school year we provide multiple opportunities for parents and carers to be engaged in school activities and events.
We also encourage parents and carers to seek help when needed and as a school we offer various forms of support to families as required.
Helpful links for Parents
4.HELPING CHILDREN EXPERIENCING MENTAL DIFFICULTIES
Component 4 focuses on up-skilling education staff to recognise and respond to children experiencing mental difficulties as well as providing support to children when needed.
Mental health problems can limit a child’s capacity to learn and develop relationships, and their ability to make successful life transitions, learn, and progress in the longer term.This component emphasises the importance of intervening early, and having effective policies and procedures to assist families in accessing appropriate help.
Here at FNPS we have a Wellbeing Team, some of which are Mental Health Professionals, which works to support students most in need. Should your child require further support it is encouraged you speak with your child’s classroom teacher and seek advice on the next available steps.