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’.
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:
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.