At West Boldon we know that academic success is not the only thing that is important in our pupils. It is also important that they are safe and happy!

We have a variety of interventions in school for children who need that little bit extra support with their wellbeing. All interventions are delivered by our Pastoral Care Mentor, Mrs Askwith.

If you have any concerns about your child, you can email Mrs Askwith directly at:
[email protected]


Theraplay is a nurturing group through play to support emotional, social and help children to regulate their emotions and feelings more appropriately. Within the sessions, the children play games which are challenging, structured and evaluating nurturing to target a range of feelings. These group sessions take place on a weekly basis.


This is a non -evasive session where the children relate to their feelings through drawing without the questioning of what is wrong or why. Drawing is all fantasy and open to support the child to progress through the three stages. These individual sessions take place on a weekly basis.


Lego therapy is a social team building activity creating structure through Lego- each child takes on a different role; builder, supplier and engineer. These group sessions take place weekly.


Worry Monster
Children can pop their worries or concerns inside the Worry Monster. Worries and concerns can be addressed through talking to Mrs Askwith or through PSHCE sessions or assemblies.


ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. The aim of the sessions is to support the child/ children to help them reach their potential educationally supporting them to remove  the barriers to learning to have a happy child in school and at home. Children can refer themselves for this support by filling out a referral form in class, or teachers can refer pupils for this in a similar way. ELSA support may take place through individual or group sessions and they run on a weekly basis.


Gratitude Journals
A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives. At the end of every day KS2 children write in their gratitude journals something they are grateful for. This aids in changing the mindset of the children becoming more positive and grateful.