Cuckoo Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN7 6QE
Tel: 01302 840200 (Lower) 01302 842164 (upper)

Travis St Lawrence CE Primary School

Pastoral Support and Wellbeing

Young people’s mental health and wellbeing has never been so important. These statistics show just how big the problem is for young people in the UK. 

One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2020, a huge increase from one in nine in 2017. That’s five children in every classroom (NHS Digital (2020): 'Mental Health of Children and Young People in England', prevalence survey)


Young people today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their 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. (EEF Toolkit)

At Travis St Lawrence, our curriculum is at the heart of our drive for excellence, offering purposeful learning opportunities, which aim to excite, encourage and engage all learners. We are committed to providing all learners with a broad, deep and relevant education whilst also preparing them for their lives ahead. We strive that all children leave Travis with the skills, knowledge, understanding, emotional intelligence and attitudes to succeed as they move through life.


We offer a tiered approach to pastoral support and wellbeing in school, dependent on individual needs.


Tier One: Whole School Strategies
  • Comprehensive PSHRSE taught weekly. With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 supports us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
  • Whole school termly 'Wellbeing Weeks' incorporating the Five themes of Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Learn New Skills, Give to Others, Be Present.

See 5 steps to mental wellbeing - NHS ( ) for full details

  • Termly whole school book study approaches with themes of hope, kindness, celebrating diversity, managing anxiety and friendship.
  • Focus whole school activities: Anti-bullying week, Odd Socks day, Feel good Friday to raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma.
  • Collective worships held at least termly, designed to develop an understanding of mental health and wellbeing.
  • Signposting families to support for their own wellbeing and how to support their child at home via newsletters and social media.
  • Joined the Living Streets, 'Walk to School' Scheme celebrating and rewarding those who engage in active travel choices to travel to school, including 'Park and Stride' to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Our Travis Virtues: Teamwork, Resilience, Active Learners, Value Others, Independence and Success promote emotional intelligence and skills for life. Children who demonstrate these traits are rewarded weekly with a certificate. 
  • Our Whole School Positive Behaviour policy promotes and rewards those who go 'above and beyond' with house points and individual rewards.
Tier Two: Small Group Support
  • Individuals and small groups of children may be identified as needing additional support to meet their social and emotional needs. We offer short term interventions to support children. These could be led by a trained Thrive practitioner, a teaching assistant or teacher.
  • Nurture group - an intervention specifically designed to develop social skills within a controlled environment by
    • Encouraging communication and language skills by providing opportunities to share experiences.
    • Developing Emotional Literacy skills, which build confidence, self-esteem and social skills such as sharing and turn taking.
    • Building trusting relationships. 
  • Circle of friends groups - for those children who struggle with social communication and developing friendships, a circle of freinds group is designed to foster friendships and develop self esteem.
  • Forest schools - for full information, see our Forest School page
  • Thrive small group interventions - for full information, see our Thrive page
Tier Three: Individual Support
  • The school works with a local charity, Worth Unlimited, who have provided a mentor to work 1:1 with identified children (currently KS2). Programmes include developing confidence, promoting self esteem. getting along with others (resolving conflict) and managing low level anxiety. These sessions are held weekly for a block of 10 weeks.
  • Thrive 1:1 support with a trained Thrive practioner. For full details-  see our Thrive page