Healthy Mind, Happy Me Curriculum
What is Healthy Mind, Happy Me?
The development of the new ‘Healthy Mind, Happy Me’ Curriculum was informed by:
- A recognition of the increased social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people locally and nationally.
- The increase in children with emotional well-being and mental health needs being referred to our services.
- The identified need within the new SEND legislation for schools to address emotional well-being and mental health issues through their SEN provision in school.
- Research indicating the efficacy of whole school approaches to addressing mental health and well-being in schools through an applied curriculum at a universal level.
- Our understanding of the role that a positive psychology approach can play in supporting emotional health and well-being.
Structure: A spiral curriculum delivered throughout primary school, addressing 6 key themes using a developmental approach. Some secondary schools have used the curriculum with year 7s to help with the transition. It can also be used for assemblies, intervention groups or whenever schools feel appropriate.
The themes are: All About Me, Friendships, Resilience and Coping, Belonging, My Wider World and Being the Best I Can Be.
Who are the characters?
There are six characters - Whitney, Spike, Roza, Wajid, Tabassum and Ollie - one for each theme incorporated into the curriculum. The characters present a diversity of ethnicities and family structures. Each character represents certain values and their stories develop through the modules.
The psychology for each module is made explicit throughout, for example, the first theme ‘All About Me’ uses the character elements; self-discipline, confidence and empathy. This is based on psychology frameworks such as personal construct theory, self-efficacy and locus of control.
How can the curriculum be used?
- It is provided with developmentally appropriate lesson plans for each year group.
- Starter ideas for assemblies are provided.
- The curriculum can be adopted in its entirety as a whole school approach.
- It can be used for small group teaching.
- It can be used for individuals.
What do schools think of the curriculum?
Schools using the curriculum have fed back how “it fits in neatly to the current PHSE curriculum.”
Staff further liked that the “the curriculum is adaptable” and staff have enjoyed delivering the lessons.
When talking about the pupils, schools told us that they are “enjoying the activities” in the curriculum. Furthermore, the schools highlighted that it has helped them to identify pupils who require intervention, and has helped pupils access high needs intervention groups.
Additional feedback explained “the curriculum has created a relaxing environment for the pupils.” Also, it has helped shape the school day with some pupils practising mindfulness daily.
How can I access the curriculum?
The curriculum is free to all Sandwell Schools. A version is available to schools outside of Sandwell at a cost of £300.
To find out more about bringing the curriculum to your school, please contact us.
Example lesson plans
Download these example lesson plans to find out more.