Mental Health and Wellbeing

Here at English Martyrs’, we take an holistic approach to children’s health and wellbeing.

As well as the day-to-day emotional support your child receives in their class, we are lucky to be able to offer extra help and support, should your child need it.

This includes having a trained ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant – (Mrs McElhone) who can offer one-to-one support. “ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists who apply psychological knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to particular areas of need.” (

English Martyrs’ Star Group

There is also our English Martyrs’ Star Group, which runs twice a week for one term at a time. This is an opportunity for children to be part of a small group of pupils and receive a considerable amount of adult help to develop their learning skills, friendship strategies, self- esteem and confidence and other skills which will support them as they move up the school. Please click on the link below to download the information leaflet and find out more information about our Nurture Group:

Welcome to our Nurture Group Leaflet

Social Emotional Library

At English Martyrs’ we have a large range of books to support a range of issues that you might encounter with your child. Please let us know if you would like to borrow any texts from our social emotional library.

Bereavement Support

When the need arises, we are also able to offer children bereavement support. This is facilitated by trained staff  who encourage the children to support one another.

Bereavement isn’t just death – it may be significant changes to their family such as illnesses, separation and other life changing events in their life.  We use a programme which has been developed by Rainbows.Org

For more information please contact the school office or email

Depression, Low Mood, Stress or Anxiety?

If you have a child or young person who is experiencing depression, low mood, stress, anxiety or needs wider emotional support due to the impact of Covid-19 then it is important as parents and carers that you stay calm and access the help which is available.

Funding has been made available across Derby and Derbyshire to support children and Young People’s mental health.

There are a range of ways the NHS can support emotional health and wellbeing.

If you need help, you can call 0300 790 0596 between the hours of 9am and midnight, seven days a week visit: where specialist mental health professionals will be there to help.

Problems with Sleep?

Many pupils are struggling with their sleep at the moment.  Here is a place you can visit for some practical information.

The helpline is open 5 nights a week, Sunday to Thursday 7pm-9pm and the number is 03303 530541.  The helpline is run by trained ‘Sleep advisors’ who can talk to young people directly or parents.

Support from Derbyshire County Council

They have also a community directory for children, young people and their families to search for a wide range of services and support that are on offer. Please click on the link above


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