Health and Wellbeing
Wellbeing at Leys Primary School
Over the course of their education, children spend over 7800 hours at school. With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern fro how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives. Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools can lead to significant improvements in children's mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
At Leys Primary School, we take emotional health and mental wellbeing very seriously. Every class regularly engages in a wide range of activities that promote good emotional health and mental wellbeing which will continue to be developed over time - not least as we have been evidencing our commitment to this through our work to achieving the accreditation of: Wellbeing Award For Schools which we hope to secure in July,2019. Details of the award can be seen below:
Congratulations To Our Leys Primary School Wellbeing Champions
Children: Maaz, Lacey, Priscilla, Jake, Ruby and Kaiden
Staff: Mrs Rogers, Mrs Gough, Mr Gormer, Mrs Hampson, Miss Ashby, Miss Fagan and Mr De La Cruz
Governors: Dame Anna Hassan DBE
Parents/Carers: Mrs Oluwasaseun Anintolu-Amao, Ms Sadia Shaikh, Mr Rob Lawrence and Mrs Sandra Lambert
Promoting positive well-being and mental health for the whole school community
At Leys Primary School, we are excited to be working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools, administered by Award Place, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau.
We have signed up to this award to further develop our work to promote positive wellbeing and mental health for the whole school community and gain accreditation for the work we have already done. It also ties in with our school motto of Resilience to Achieve – Aspiration to Succeed, as we firmly believe that both a healthy mind and body are prerequisite to achieving the best versions of ourselves.
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 rooted in the long-term culture of our school. It will help us to create an ethos where, like safeguarding, mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
With this award, we will demonstrate our commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of every day school life
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff and pupils
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff
- Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
- Capturing the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues
There have been a number of ways in which you have contributed to helping us work towards this award:
- taking part in the well-being homework activity set over the last Christmas holiday
- by attending our popular coffee mornings
- workshops, which are sometimes run in conjunction with the Adult College.
- by participating in the parent and carer surveys - the results of which can be seen below:
Leys Primary School Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy Document
RESULTS: Parent Questionnaire and Parent Questionnaire Comparison Sheet
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