This is an award that recognises a school’s efforts to promote and protect positive emotional wellbeing and mental health education and support.
What is in the Wellbeing Award for Schools’ Framework?
- Vision and strategy: Commit to a clear vision and strategy of how the school will promote and protect emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- Positive culture: Ensure that emotional wellbeing and mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
- Training for staff: High-quality, ongoing professional development so staff feel confident responding to pupils’ needs.
- Participation: Work with the whole-school community to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- Supportive networks: Ensure systems and external partnerships are in place to support different types of emotional and mental health needs.
- Staff wellbeing: Actively promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.
How is BSB preparing for the Award?
Carol Coleman, Director of Student Support, explains: “Wellbeing sits at the heart of everything we do at BSB. This is a long-term groupwide commitment which is embedded in the culture of the whole school and the WAS award presents us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on our current practice, review our systems and procedures and plan for improvements.
The award takes a year to complete and requires our school to develop an action plan to consciously recognise what we currently offer and how we can improve support and promote emotional wellbeing and mental health throughout the school community.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated Wellbeing team across all campuses who offer support to our children, staff and parents, especially important in these challenging uncertain times.
We look forward to involving everyone in the process of achieving the WAS and strongly encourage everyone to make the most of opportunities such as the surveys we are sending out to voice their thoughts and suggestions.”