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SMILE: Our Wellbeing Approach

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LearningShared Ep 9: Recovery Curriculum #9 Amanda Mordey OBE (SMILE - A Well Being Approach)

In this episode we have a presentation and talk from Amanda Mordey, OBE. The title and theme of Amanda's presentation is "SMILE - A Well Being Approach.

is an approach we have developed here at Forest Oak School to support the emotional health and wellbeing of our whole school community. It is based on the NHS 5 ways to wellbeing.

Our aim is to empower our school community to become architects of their own emotional health and wellbeing within an enabling environment.


The principles of the approach are simple....


We build opportunities to teach each other and practise these 5 SMILE steps to wellbeing into our daily life at Forest Oak.


Our 5 steps have been developed to suit our community by adapting the NHS 5 Ways to Wellbeing, which are proven to support individuals' wellbeing. What we do to practice each step may be different for all of us; we all enjoy and respond to different activities.

At Forest Oak we are working together using our  SMILE approach to develop individual positive coping strategies, build resilience and have fun!

Some of the activities and interventions we use to extend our SMILE approach are:

  • Daily mindfulness in classes
  • Daily 'move' exercise in classes
  • Daily RP 'check ins' in classes
  • Individual coping scales
  • CBT anxiety support sessions
  • Pet therapy
  • Anger or self-management support sessions
  • Heart-Math to support mindful breathing
  • Individual or group play, creative arts & Music therapy
  • Rest & relax sessions-group or individual meditation & massage
  • Staff yoga & gym sessions
  • Pupil Restorative Practice Mediators & playground friends
  • Wellbeing days and arts weeks


Currently we are working with ten partner schools alongside Barry Carpenter,CBE OBE PhD Professor of Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University and Jo Egerton, Schools Research Consultant and Educational Writer to evaluate the effectiveness of the SMILE approach in promoting positive ways to improve wellbeing and mental health in school communities.


For more information about the approach please contact us in school,

Issy Jerrard, Forest Oak Wellbeing and SMILE project lead.


Our resources have been designed with illustrations from a Forest Oak pupil and logo from Haywood Sener. They are published by ButterflyPrint Ltd.

For more mindfulness resources click below to see the 'Interest-be mindful' page on this site

Mental Health support for your child : SOLAR


Solar is a partnership between Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Barnardo’s and Autism West Midlands and provides Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services to Children, Young People and Families in Solihull.

Accessing Solar

Routine support : referral form

 call us during office hours on 0121 301 2750

Children and Young People's Privacy Notice


In an emergency

If a child's mental state gets worse quickly, and you are worried about their safety, it’s important to get help quickly. If a child or young person:

  • is an imminent risk to themselves or others due to a deterioration in their mental health
  • has active thoughts and plans of suicide with intent
  • is severely depressed and in need of crisis assessment and intensive home treatment to prevent admission to hospital


Solar crisis service  0121 301 2750 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) where you will have  access to a trained clinician  who will assess whether you need to be seen by our Crisis Team. 

Out of hours the crisis team are available for mental health crisis (weekdays 5pm-8pm, weekends 8am-8pm) via Northcroft switchboard 01213015500  - please ask for the Solar Crisis Team. 

Call 999 or go to A&E now if:

  • Someone’s life is at risk, for example they have serious injuries or have taken an overdose


Birmingham and Solihull Urgent Mental Health Helpline (line managed by MIND) 


If urgent mental health help is needed you can ring 0121 262 3555 or 0800 915 9292 for advice and support.

This line is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and can be used whether you are known to our services or not.

Coping during a crisis

The mental health charity Mind has information on ways to help yourself cope during a crisis.

This includes calming exercises and a tool to get you through the next few hours.



In an emergency

Call 999 or go to A&E now if:

-   Someone’s life is at risk – for example they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose

-   You do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe


A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone's time.


Other helpful support

These free listening services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:

-     Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: for a reply within 24 hours

-   Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19

-     If you're under 19, you can also call 0800 1111to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.