Wellbeing in School

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 signs of mental distress. 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 mental 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.

Click to Download Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing Policy November 2020 [pdf 186KB] Click to Download

Five Ways to Wellbeing at Glodwick

At Glodwick we aim to promote holistic development alongside academic achievement for all pupils; encouraging children to ‘be the best they can be’. The key to this is the emotional health and mental wellbeing of our whole school community.  Our aim is for all children in school to develop the self-esteem, resilience and emotional understanding to be able to play an active part in school life, becoming successful learners and friends.

All children, staff and parents are encouraged to follow the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’. These are simple things we can do to help us enjoy life and be kinder to ourselves and others.


  • Connect with people around you
  • Spend time with your friends and family
  • Make new friends
  • Use different ways to communicate

Be Active

  • Go for a walk or run, cycle, dance or play a game
  • Walk to school instead of using the car
  • Go to the park

Take Notice

  • Take time to be still, reflect and become aware of your surroundings
  • Notice what you are thinking and be aware of what is going on in the world around you
  • Be curious


  • Set yourself a goal
  • Learn something new
  • Try something you have always wanted to try


  • Do something nice for a friend
  • Thank someone
  • Smile and say hello
  • Volunteer your time or raise money for charity
  • Be a good role model
  • Help your community


Five Ways to Wellbeing Video.  Please click on the link below to watch the video.

What are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.mp4 / MPEG-4 movie (oldhamlea.org.uk)

Government Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Please click on the picture link to access the resources.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Joe Wicks Exercise Tips

Please select the documnet below.

Click to Download importance of exercise [pdf 10MB] Click to Download

Gratitude Themes

Take a look at some of the wellbeing themes we have looked at in lockdown.

Make a Gratitude Jar

Our Wonderful World

Peace Out

Praise and Reward

Oldham Council Support and Resources

The Oldham whole school and college approach to emotional health and mental wellbeing aims to promote social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The framework offers practical guidance to schools and colleges to develop knowledge and skills to promote mental health and wellbeing and prevent minor problems from escalating into more serious long-term issues.

The document contains key actions that head teachers and college principles can take to embed the whole school approach to emotional health and mental wellbeing.  

The actions are based on the eight principles.

These are:

  • The school ethos and environment
  • Curriculum, teaching and learning
  • Student voice
  • Staff development, health and wellbeing
  • Identifying need and monitoring impact
  • Working with parents / carers
  • Targeted support

Please select from the documents below or click on the picture link to access Oldham Council Wellbeing page.

Click to Download Supporting Young Minds Through Tough Times [pdf 6MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Graduated Response [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Self Assessment Check List [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Key Partners and Quality Assurance Booklet [pdf 1MB] Click to Download

Well Being at Glodwick

We have developed a sensory garden in the school grounds. It includes areas for touch, smell, sight and hearing, it is a lovely inspiring place for children to learn and enjoy. Children use it for lessons and at play times. We also run an after-school gardening club.

We have applied for additional funding from National Lottery and we have already received funding from Rolls Royce to develop our scientific learning using the sensory garden.

Well Being Resources


Class Clips KS1 - Emotional wellbeing


CBeebies - Feeling Better

Feeling Better explores a whole range of feelings and emotions for our young audience from the ones that make us feel good, not so good and to all the others in between!