In September 2018, Springhead Infant and Nursery School applied to complete the WAS award. This award is a credited wellbeing award for schools. In order to support the Award, wellbeing was priority on our school development plan.
Priority 3: Ensure effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils
The emotional health and wellbeing of the school community is well supported
The school community understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across school and have systems in place to respond
The school has better systems, provision and curriculum in place that is proactive in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the community.
The school is successful in its journey to achieving the wellbeing accreditation
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. NCB’s vision is an education system where good emotional wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of the culture and ethos of all schools, so that pupils, with the support of their teachers, can build confidence and flourish. Evidence shows us that wellbeing is of central importance to learning and attainment, with high levels of wellbeing associated with improved academic outcomes. Conversely, pupils who have mental health problems are more likely to have academic difficulties at school and experience social disadvantage later in adult life.
To achieve this vision, NCB advocates the use of a ‘whole-school approach’ where all aspects of the school experience are harnessed to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils and staff. It is an approach where emotional wellbeing and mental health is everybody’s business.
The Wellbeing Award for Schools is a welcome opportunity to recognise the exceptional work that schools do in this area. The key features of a whole-school approach form the basis of the award, and it provides schools with a benchmark of best practice against which to test itself. We believe that this celebration of success will encourage more schools to adopt an approach that puts emotional wellbeing and mental health at the heart of what they do.