It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. The Department for Education recognises that, in order to help their pupils succeed: schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy. We are also a caring employer that seeks to proactively support staff mental health and wellbeing.
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
(World Health Organization 2014)
At Harlington we recognise the importance of emotional wellbeing. We understand that the wellbeing of our children is affected by the wellbeing of the adults they interact with; therefore it is essential that we help protect and promote the emotional health and wellbeing of each and every member of our school community.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
We are delighted to be a recipient of the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This was developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community
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.
About the award
There are eight objectives to achieve within the Wellbeing Award Framework, containing several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set out within each. The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils. Many of these are already in place. The award will enable us to develop these practices where necessary and help us to ensure that wellbeing is imbedded in the long-term culture of our school. It will help us to create an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.