“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

(World Health Organization)

Article 24 – “Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality education on health and well-being so that children can stay physically and mentally healthy.”

 (UNCRC – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child)

At The Barlow RC High School, we are committed to promoting and protecting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for all our students, their families, our staff members and governors. It is our shared vision to ensure mental health related problems are identified early, through: the mindful observation of all our young people and each other, excellent, professional relationships, an open mental health culture and our extensive, embedded support system, which is open to all members of the school community.

In light of the current focus on promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, we are working towards achieving the WAS – Wellbeing Award for Schools.


WAS – Wellbeing Award for Schools | AwardPlace – Introducing the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This award focuses on changing the long-term culture of the whole school. Using an evidence-based framework to drive change, it will help you deliver staff and pupil wellbeing, review your staff training, and revise your policies.


The Barlow Mental Health & Wellbeing Champions:

In times of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support one another. As our students prepare to return to school for the new academic year, maintaining a positive mental heath and wellbeing is vital and we will be supporting them every step of the way.

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Employee Assistance Programme

Sometimes it can be difficult to balance the pressures of work with the needs of home life. As your employer, we  recognise help is sometimes needed to deal with the challenges you may face in life, both practical and emotional. Health Assured provides confidential support services which are available to you.

What is an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)?

An EAP is a confidential employee benefit designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.

The EAP service provides a complete support network that offers expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7, covering a wide range of issues. We strongly believe in providing an EAP service that offers not only reactive support when someone needs it but also proactive and preventative support to deliver the best possible outcomes.

At Health Assured we pride ourselves on offering the highest level of service quality, assured through the calibre of people we employ and our exceptional clinical governance infrastructure.

With Health Assured there really is a better way

Balancing everyday life with the requirements of work and home can create pressures for all of us. Work is a large part of people’s lives. With increasing working hours as well as technological developments to support remote working, it is vital to ensure that there’s a productive, healthy environment that is conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
Health Assured, in partnership with Manchester Schools’ Alliance provides all employees with complimentary access to an enhanced Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to assist you in achieving this balance.

Services Available

Health Assured offers cover for you and your immediate family members*, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year:

  • Life support: Unlimited access to counselling for emotional problems and a pathway to structured telephone counselling or face-to-face counselling sessions (employees only) at your convenience.
  • Legal information: For any issues that cause anxiety or distress including debt management, accountancy, lawsuits, consumer disputes, property or neighbour legalities (employees only).
  • Bereavement support: Health Assured offers qualified and experienced counsellors who can help with grief and related stress plus a team of legal advisors to help with legal issues.
  • Medical information: Qualified nurses are on hand to offer advice on a range of medical or health related issues. They can’t diagnose but can offer a sympathetic ear and practical information and advice.
  • CBT online: We recognise the value of self-help tools in dealing with a range of issues, which is why we have a range of CBT self-help modules, informative factsheets and invaluable advice videos from leading qualified counsellors.

* Health Assured define dependants as immediate family members (spouse/partners) and children aged 16 to 24 in full time education, living in the same household.

Wellbeing Portal

In addition to the counselling support and advice, they also offer a virtual library of wellbeing information. These informative articles and self-help guides provide support on a range of health and advisory issues, as well as instant guidance to aid an employee’s physical and mental health. We understand that the information needs to be available in a way that is suitable for you, whenever you require it. From simple lifestyle changes to advice for many of life’s most common concerns, the portal offers:

  • Interactive health assessment providing personal tailor-made dietary tips and fitness plans
  • Fitness and lifestyle advice, such as detoxing methods
  • Four week self-help programmes
  • Mini health checks
  • Financial wellbeing articles

Health e-Hub Mobile App

Sometimes it can be difficult to balance the pressures of work with the demands of home life. When daily life feels overwhelming you need help and support to deal with the practical and emotional challenges you may be facing. The free Health Assured app offers access to holistic health and wellbeing support at the tap of a finger anywhere and anytime.

  • Support videos and webinars
  • Four-week programmes
  •  Home life support and advice
  • Work life assistance
  • Physical and emotional health
  • Mini health checks
  • Life Support
  • Emotional Health
  • Physical Health
  • Online CBT
  • Wellbeing videos and webinars
  • Medical information

To find out more information on what services Health Assured can provide, please visit www.healthassuredeap.com or contact 0800 030 5182.

To gain access to the Health and Well-being Portal you will require the below login credentials:
Username: MCC
Password: Schools

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Talking to your Child about Mental Health & Wellbeing

Further Recommended Reading for Parents/ Carers:

General Health Advice and Guidance

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus                          (COVID-19) outbreak translated into: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi,                    Urdu.

Useful advice and guidance for parents about where and how to use local national health services in Manchester. Find helpful videos with translated versions below in Arabic, Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu created by Choose Well Manchester.






Find more healthcare information on the Choose Well Manchester website and on their                                                      YouTube channel.

You can also look up symtoms and get advice via the Symptom Checker on the NHS Choices website.


At The Barlow RC High School we have a zero tolerance to any form of bullying or discriminatory behaviour and any such incidents are treated extremely seriously in-line with our school’s Behaviour Policy. 

The Barlow Anti-Bullying Champions:

  • Mrs N Staniforth – Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs C Redford – Anti-Bullying Link Governor
  • Mr P Hancock & Mrs M Burton – Anti Bullying Champions
  • Mrs D Wilcox – PSCHE Co-ordinator 

‘Pupils say bullying is rare, and staff deal with any incidents effectively. This includes racist and homophobic bullying. Pupils value people’s differences, as well as other faiths and cultures. Inspectors checked records of bullying, which show that any incidents of bullying are followed up and resolved effectively.’ OFSTED, June 2019

We were extremely proud at the end of last year to successfully achieve the BIG Award in recognition of all of our hard work in this extremely important area of school life.

The Barlow High School understand that bullying can happen in any school.  Therefore they have a range of excellent anti-bullying strategies in place to deal with this issue.  They have a good anti-bullying policy, an anti-bullying focus group, lots of awareness raising activities and their staff are trained to recognise, respond and restore should an incident of bullying occur.   They record and monitor any issues and ensure that action is taken.  Parents are also involved and students are a vital part of decision making and prevention.  I am delighted that they have now achieved the BIG Award for Excellence in Challenging Bullying. ‘  Val McFarlane, Director, Bullying Intervention Group, December 2019.

All students and teachers, upon entering our school community,  sign our school’s Anti-Bullying Pledge and are encouraged to live out our school’s SPAR values of : Service, Prayer, Achieve and RESPECT throughout their daily lives, both in and outside of school and in person as well as online.

Students are taught to appreciate and celebrate our diverse school community and via a comprehensive Personal Development Curriculum, they are able to explore and consider the potential impact the various forms of bullying can have on another person’s mental health and wellbeing. These sessions allow students to reflect on their own behaviour and actions and consider the feelings of others – both the victims and perpetrators of bullying. Students are taught strategies to help uphold a safe, bully free zone for all our school community at all times.

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors:

We are so proud of the work that our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors do to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and staff – they are a real credit to our school. Not only are they excellent role models and a support for their peers but it is also thanks to their proactive and creative work that we now have a new race in our annual Sports Day event – The Diversity Race. They also helped to pioneer the Red For Racism Day last year for the first time where we raised in excess of £900, as well as encouraging staff to take care of their own wellbeing during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Useful Contacts:

We regard any incidents of bullying or discrimination as very serious. If you have any concerns that you would like to raise with school directly, please contact your child’s HOY in the first instance, Mrs C Iddon (Y7 – 9 Year Co-ordinator), Mrs J Bowyer (Y10 – 11 Year Co-ordinator) or Mrs N Staniforth – Assistant Headteacher 

Tel: 0161 445 8053, admin@thebarlowrchigh.co.uk

Useful Links:

What counts as knife crime?

‘Knife crime’ is simply any crime that involves a knife. This includes:

  • carrying a knife or trying to buy one if you’re under 18
  • threatening someone with a knife
  • carrying a knife that is banned
  • a murder where the victim was stabbed with a knife
  • a robbery or burglary where the thieves carried a knife as a weapon

The Reality of Knife Crime:

  • 99% of 10-29 year olds do not carry a knife
  • People who carry a weapon are more likely to be hospitalised with a violence-related injury, and in many cases their own weapon has been used against them
  • A person can receive a prison sentence of up to 4 years for carrying a knife, even if it is never actually used
  • Friends who pressure a person to carry a knife are not good friends and are unlikely to be around to help or support if that person were to get caught

Sources of Support:

Children aged between 5-15 are spending around  24  hours each week online. The Office for National Statistics found that children who spend more than 3 hours a day on social media are more than twice as likely to encounter poor mental health. Compulsive checking, ‘Fear Of Missing Out’, has been linked to poor and disturbed sleep, as well as difficulty to relax during the eveningsOne in five young people say they wake up during the night to check messages on social media, leading them to be three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school. Excessive screen time is a common worry shared by most parents of teenagers, especially if it starts to interfere with school work, family life and sleep. Regular poor sleep not only runs the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes but can also shorten life expectancy. However, how do you get your teenager to put their phone down and prioritise a good night’s sleep over screen time?
  • Choose a time when you are both calm and relaxed to talk to your child about your concerns.
  • Agree reasonable compromises – mobile phones are far more important to teenagers than some parents realise. Agree some time boundaries, especially around late night use.
  • Use the technology to help safeguard their wellbeing – many phones now include weekly screen time reports that will help you and your teenager keep track of their usage. There are also settings for night time use and ‘do not disturb’ time. Even something as simple as switch off the red notifications and putting the phone screen down at night can help to reduce the anxiety of missing something ‘important’
  • Try to ensure that all adults in the household are setting a good example – make sure your teenager sees you spending time away from your phone too

Useful Links to Recommended Reading for Parents:

Why Lack Of Sleep is Bad for Your Health – <https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/why-lack-of-sleep-is-bad-for-your-health/ Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Reporthttps://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/190616/children-media-use-attitudes-2019-report.pdf