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Bramford and Somersham

Primary School Federation


Supporting Pupil’s Mental and Physical Well-being

A Child-Centred Ethos



How does this support our pupils’ mental and physical and well-being?

Vision and Values


Our strong and shared ACE values and particles underpin all that we do, supporting our pupils’ personal development, behaviour and attitudes and enabling our children to be successful learners.




Our three curriculum drivers of 'health and happiness, our world and diversity;’ PSHE/RSE curriculum; Real PE curriculum; E-safety curriculum; varied programme of enrichment activities; outdoor learning and forest schools provision; investment in our school environments; our Christian values, daily collective worship and close links with our local churches and our ‘real life’ curriculum all make a significant contribution to this.


Family Support Workers


Our FSWs are:

Mrs Vashti Davis (Bramford)

Mrs Liza Wright (Bramford and Somersham)


How do our FSWs support our pupils’ mental health and well-being?

Our FSWs work with both children in school and their families to support with emotional wellbeing. They are trained in a variety of approaches such as drawing and talking therapy and domestic abuse. They use their skills and experience to support families who may be experiencing difficulties, for example separation, bereavement or struggling with the stresses of everyday life. They work with children on a 1-1 or small group nurture basis. They can also help families to access support from outside agencies such as Young Carers, School Nursing and parenting programmes, either directly or through the CAF (Common Assessment Framework) or referral processes.



Our ELSAs are:

Mrs Race-Whitton (Somersham)

Mrs Marshall (Bramford – KS2)

Miss Robinson (Bramford – Rec/KS1)


How do our ELSAs support out pupils? Our ELSAs are trained to support young people through 1-1 or small group interventions covering emotional literacy and awareness, self-esteem, active listening and communication skills, understanding and managing anger, social skills, friendship skills and therapeutic stories. They also run a morning Hub which supports pupils finding the morning transition into school difficult.



THRIVE supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills, all of which are needed to enable learning to take place. Children cannot always put their needs into words, but the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling. For some children there may be an obvious reason why they need extra support. This might be due to bereavement, family break down or an identified medical condition such as ADHD. For others, there may not be any obvious trigger as to why they are finding some aspects of school and/or home life difficult. Once we have the approach running in our schools, our THRIVE practitioners will carry out assessments of identified children’s social, emotional and behavioural needs which help us to build an Action Plan of targeted strategies and activities to help children re-engage with learning and life. THRIVE also offers both teaching staff and parents useful approaches to working with and helping any child who is experiencing emotional upheaval, whether short or long term.