Over the past year we have been working hard to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS). The aim of the award is to ensure schools promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community. Mrs Pattenden is the award co-ordinator and Evelyn Uche, Jackie Sefton, Miss Evans and Miss Smart are also part of the Wellbeing team.
In Autumn 2018, we sent out baseline questionnaires to staff, parents and children. We then used the results to write our action plan which we have been working on throughout the year. We are hoping to achieve the award by the end of Summer 2019.
There are eight objectives which we will be evidencing as part of the award:
- The school is committed to promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health by achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
- 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.
- The school has a positive culture which regards emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all.
- The school actively promotes staff emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- The school prioritises professional learning and staff development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- The school understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the school and has systems in place to respond appropriately.
- The school actively seeks the ongoing participation of the whole-school community in its approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- The school works in partnerships with other schools, agencies and available specialist services to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
For more information on the award, please visit https://www.awardplace.co.uk/award/was