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Vision Statement 

At King Ethelbert School we recognise the importance of emotional wellbeing amongst our school community.  We are committed to providing a healthy and caring environment that promotes a positive culture, where students, staff and parents feel comfortable to speak about their mental health and feel supported.  When individuals have a sense of wellbeing they perform better and have happier lives.  Our focus is on supporting a positive long-term culture of mental health and embedding an ethos within King Ethelbert School where mental health is regarded as the responsibility for all. We aim to do this by:  

● Providing clear leadership and management in relation to wellbeing.

● Ensuring that actions lead to long-term, sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of the school community.

● Creating a positive school culture which requires a whole-school approach that is led from the whole community.

● Providing training and signposting to help staff and students recognise ways of promoting positive wellbeing and also how to recognise mental health concerns in themselves and others.

● Providing support and understanding for promoting positive mental health through our ‘Wellbeing Hubs’. 

Staff Wellbeing Policy 

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Well­be­ing Award for School

We are excited to announce that we have recently signed up to the ‘Well­be­ing Award for Schools’ to fur­ther develop our work to pro­mote pos­i­tive well­be­ing and men­tal health for the whole school com­mu­nity and gain accred­i­ta­tion for the work that we have already done. The key fea­tures of a whole-​school approach form the basis of the award, and pro­vides the school with a bench­mark against best      prac­tice in which to test itself.

There are eight evidence-​based objec­tives, which schools must meet to achieve within the Well­be­ing Award Frame­work. The school is also assessed by an exter­nal advi­sor to see if we have met the criteria.


The eight objec­tives are:-

Objec­tive 1 – The school is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health by achiev­ing the Well­be­ing Award for Schools.

Objec­tive 2 – The school has a clear vision and strat­egy for pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health, which is com­mu­ni­cated to all involved with the school.

Objec­tive 3 – The school has a pos­i­tive cul­ture which regards emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health as the respon­si­bil­ity of all.

Objec­tive 4 – The school actively pro­motes staff emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health.

Objec­tive 5 – The school pri­ori­tises pro­fes­sional learn­ing and staff devel­op­ment on emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health.

Objec­tive 6 – The school under­stands the dif­fer­ent types of emo­tional and men­tal health needs across the school and has sys­tems in place to respond appropriately.

Objec­tive 7 – The school actively seeks the ongo­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion of the whole-​school com­mu­nity in its approach to emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health.

Objec­tive 8 – The school works in part­ner­ships with other schools, agen­cies and avail­able spe­cial­ist ser­vices to sup­port emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health.

There are four key prin­ci­ples dri­ving the ideas and rec­om­men­da­tions behind the award:

  1. Emo­tional well­be­ing and men­tal health are a con­tin­uum. Related issues can range from pos­i­tive atti­tudes and behav­iour, through to expe­ri­ences of emo­tional dis­tress and men­tal disorder.
  2. Schools already expe­ri­ence and man­age emo­tional issues on a daily basis; the objec­tive is to min­imise the impact of such issues and max­imise the effec­tive­ness of any responses.
  3. Emo­tional well­be­ing cov­ers a range of dimen­sions, such as resilience, char­ac­ter build­ing, rela­tion­ships and self-​esteem, etc. Under­stand­ing both devel­op­men­tal and men­tal health aware­ness is critical.
  4. Cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive school cul­ture requires a whole-​school approach that is led from the top while involv­ing all in the school community.


More infor­ma­tion about the award is avail­able here.

What hap­pens next?

The team involved with pulling together evi­dence for the award which includes staff, pupils, par­ents and     Gov­er­nors. This infor­ma­tion will feed into the schools action plan, which we will be con­tin­u­ingly review­ing and make nec­es­sary changes to build on the prac­tices and poli­cies that we already have in place.

If you would like to know any more about the award, or would like to be involved in any way, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact the school.



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