Our school is now activley working towards gaining The Wellbeing award for schools. The aim of this journey is to promote positive social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and wellness for pupils and staff in our school. To develop our approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the Wellbeing Award for Schools is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community.
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.
Taking part in the award process is a way for our school to improve the mental health approach for all students, staff and parents in recognition of the needs and demands of the school and the community.
There are five stages in the WAS process and the school will be supported throughout in order to evidence best practice and to achieve the award:
1. School self-evaluation
2. Preparation of an action plan
3. Implementation of actions and collecting evidence into a portfolio
4. Interim assessment and progress
5. Verification of achievement of the award
The award is expected to be achieved within a maximum of 12-15 months. Within this timescale, the process is supportive, developmental and progressive, rather than a box-ticking, target driven exercise.
What are the 8 Objectives we are working towards?
The WAS has 8 objectives which focus on areas of evaluation, development and celebration of the work of schools in promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health. Each of these areas is further broken down into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):
Objective 1: The school is committed to promoting and protecting positive 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 the 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 whole-school community 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.
Wellbeing Drop in for Parents and Carers
Our next wellbeing drop in surgery will be running on
Thursday 7th February
At Boundary Primary school
Our theme is "Time to talk"
We are supporting Time to talk day throughout the school, to end the stigma around mental health and encourage people to talk. The session will include guest speakers from local services and advice on how to talk to children about mental health.
Come along for a coffee and a chat in a non-judgemental and dafe environment.
Private appointments also available.
Let's end Mental Health discrimination.
Break the silence!
Worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. Neuropsychiatric conditions are the leading cause of disability in young people in all regions. If untreated, these conditions severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives. (World Mental Helath Organisation)
How common are mental health problems?
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope.
It appears that how people cope with mental health problems is getting worse as the number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts is increasing. (Mind.org.uk)
Boundary Primary School is now registered as part of the 360˚ school community, who support schools around developing positive mental health.
Kooth Free online support for young people. Kooth counsellors are online Monday-Friday, 12 noon till 10pm and weekends, 6pm till 10pm.
ChildLine Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. So, if you are worried about anything, big or small – don’t bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is there for you. You can visit the Childline Explore section for advice and information on a range of topics. Also, you can get support on the online message boards.
‘Everyone helps each other out and is going through the same things as me – it’s a really welcoming place’
Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours and the call won’t show on your phone bill)
The Mix Free, confidential telephone helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Provides free connections to local or national services, and can text information to callers’ mobile phones.
Freephone 0808 808 4994 (7 days a week 1pm-11pm)
Samaritans Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
Call 0116 123 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
FRANK Confidential information and advice for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s drug or solvent misuse.
Freephone 0800 77 66 00 (24-hour service, free if calling from a landline and won’t show up on the phone bill, provides translation for non-English speakers)
B-EAT youth helpline Online community information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders.
Call 0845 634 7650 (Monday to Friday evenings, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, and Saturdays, 1.00pm – 4.30pm)
Kidscape Kidscape are the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and sexual abuse. The website offers advice and practical skills on how to deal with bullying. Remember, no-one deserves to be bullied. Nearly everyone is bullied at some time in their lives: by brothers and sisters, by neighbours, by adults or by other children/young people. If you are being bullied, you may feel scared, vulnerable and quite alone but you owe it to yourself to try and sort out the situation so that the bullying stops.
It Gets Better Project Project created to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. A place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see clips of other people’s coming out stories.
Brook Advisory Service Brook is the UK’s leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25. The charity provides free and confidential sexual health information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and outreach and education work.
Winston’s Wish The death of a parent, brother or sister is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston’s Wish, they believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives. The Winston’s Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person.
Helpline 08452 03 04 05 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9.30 pm)
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