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Emotional Health and Wellbeing



Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.  With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and emotional disregulation. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.  Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that good emotional health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.

School Curriculum

At Lydgate we take emotional health and mental well being very seriously.  Every class provides a wide range of activities that promote emotional health and mental well-being through our PSHE and PE curriculum. Children are given responsibilities to organise and work with their peers and younger children across school to develop self-esteem, resilience and act as role models.

Targeted Support

Our Learning Mentor, Mrs Tasker, is a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and offers targeted support to children and families on a weekly basis.  ELSA develops and delivers emotional literacy support programmes for children who have difficulties understanding, identifying and managing their emotions so that they can develop these skills and subsequently become more emotionally resilient. Mrs Tasker works closely with MHST (Kirklees Mental Health Support Team) and Northorpe Hall.

Please know that we are here to support. If you're struggling or just need to talk please come in and talk to us and we will try our best to support you and your family.

Our Kirklees 'Keep in Mind' Support Team (MHST) support children and their families when they need it. Referrals are made through school however parents can also request support by contacting Kirklees Families Together by:
• Completing the Support Request web form.
• If you cannot complete the web form, you can call 0300 304 5555.

Support is offered by:
• Kirklees Early Support – they provide advice and support programmes for parents and carers.
• Kirklees Educational Psychology – they provide advice, support and training programmes for schools.
• South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust – they provide therapeutic support for all children and young people who attend a Kirklees school, including home educated and college students registered with a Kirklees GP. If a child needs further intensive intervention, they will be referred to their local CAMHS.  

Our support team:

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is an independent  charity, working closely with NHS and Kirklees Council health and care services.  Staff and volunteers provide essential services supporting the health and wellbeing of Kirklees children, young people and families. 

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

The last year has been extra stressful, especially if you’re a parent or a carer.  It's normal and entirely understandable if you're feeling overwhelmed frustrated, worried or exhausted about the situation.

You might be finding it harder than ever at the moment to know how to best look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as your own. If you’re struggling, you are not alone.  Please know that we are here to support. If you're struggling or just need to talk please come in and talk to us and we will try our best to support you and your family.

Here are some additional resources that can also really help. Please click on the picture link to access the resources.


Night OWLS is a confidential support line for children and young people in crisis. Helping them and their parents and carers.

Trouble with sleep?

Did you know:

Things to think about:

Caffeine: Good sleep hygiene begins in the day, with the consideration of your child’s food and drink intake. Caffeine is a stimulant that prevents sleep, and can cause your child to stay awake for longer and to settle to sleep less easily. Caffeine is present in drinks such as tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks and fizzy pop. If your child drinks these, try to limit their intake and avoid them altogether after lunchtime.

Food: Eating a large meal before bedtime can prevent sleep. Consider the best time to eat your dinner meal – if your child has an early bedtime, ensure that a large meal is not being eaten directly beforehand. On school nights, it might be preferable for your child to eat earlier but you can still all have family meals at weekends and during holiday periods. However, some foods can be helpful in helping your child settle to sleep – for example, a drink of warm milk.

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Please click on the picture link to access the resources.


Young carers support, click below.


Support for those affected with substance abuse, click on the image below.

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