Wellbeing Award Reaccreditation
3 years ago, we committed to gaining the Wellbeing Award for Schools status and we successfully achieved this accolade. As part of our continued commitment to the wellbeing of our children, staff and stakeholders, we have continued to focus on wellbeing throughout the last 3 years. I would like to remind you that it is now time for our re-assessment as part of the 3-year cycle. This will involve the award personnel revisiting Painsley and seeing first-hand what we do to support stakeholders within the school and the wellbeing offer we provide. I am leading the process and we already have a number of parents, staff and students who have volunteered to join the Change Team to work with me to celebrate what we already have in place and to support with ideas to move further forward in this area.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
Main Objectives of the Wellbeing award
Have systems and external partnerships in place to support different types of emotional and mental health needs.
Work with the whole school community to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Ensure that emotional wellbeing and mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Commit to high-quality, ongoing professional development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Actively promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Vision and Strategy
Commit to a clear vision and strategy of how the school will promote and protect emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Childrens Mental Health Week
The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 was Let’s Connect, and we encouraged people to make healthy, rewarding, and meaningful connections. Student received a full act of worship in this area and completed a number of activities as part of the Emmaus Programme.
Year 10 / 11 Wellbeing Drop-in Evening is to be held on 11th October 2023. The evening gives you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have for you son/daughter’s wellbeing and how we can work together to ensure that any support they need can be put into place.
Year 7 / 8 / 9 Wellbeing Drop-in Evening is to be held on 23rd November 2023. The evening gives you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have for you son/daughter’s wellbeing and how we can work together to ensure that any support they need can be put into place.
Support for children and young people
Shout 85258 – a free, confidential, 24/7 text-messaging support service.
Support for school staff
Education Support – Education Support provides mental health and wellbeing support to teachers and education staff in schools, colleges and universities. Call free on 08000 562 561 to speak to a qualified counsellor. They will offer you immediate, confidential emotional support.
Support for parents and caregivers
Young Mind’s Parent Helpline and Webchat provides advice and support for parents and caregivers who are worried about a child or young person.
Signs of Stress
Possible warning signs include:
- Physical signs of harm that are repeated or appear non-accidental
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Increased isolation from friends or family, becoming socially withdrawn
- Changes in activity and mood
- Lowering of academic achievement
- Talking or joking about self-harm or suicide
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or loss of hope
- Changes in clothing – e.g. long sleeves in warm weather
- Secretive behaviour
- Skipping PE or getting changed secretively
- Lateness to or absence from school
- Repeated physical pain or nausea with no evident cause
- An increase in lateness or absenteeism
Mission Statement link to Wellbeing
www.getselfhelp.co.uk (CBT self-help site)
Suicide support organisations
www.cwmt.org.uk (Charlie Walker Memorial Trust)
www.iris-initiative.org.uk (Imitative to reduce the impact of schizophrenia)
www.voicecollective.co.uk (peer support)