We are delighted to announce that Bethany School has won a Wellbeing Award, highlighting the excellent pastoral care offered to pupils and staff at the School.
With the government recently announcing that an expert advisory group is going to look at how teachers and school leaders can be better supported, it has never been more important to have happy and motivated pupils in the classroom.
Provided by Optimus Education, the Wellbeing Award for Schools recognises the work that we do in supporting the wellbeing of the school community and in promoting the understanding about mental health issues to reduce the stigma surrounding them in wider society.
The award, developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), focuses on ensuring that effective practices and provisions are in place to support and promote emotional wellbeing and mental health. The aim is to change the long-term culture of schools, embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
The report noted that the commitment to children and young people helps them to thrive; that staff, parents and pupils’ are open to discussing mental health; and that every child is treated as an individual.
Headmaster, Mr Healy, said: “Mental health and wellbeing is so important in our ever-changing world. If we can provide a platform that helps our pupils and staff to feel supported and listened to, we can increase the awareness of mental health as part of school life. Winning this award demonstrates clearly the high level of support for our children and young people.”
In gaining the award, Bethany School is demonstrating the commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of school life
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of their staff and pupils
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of its pupils and staff
- Engaging the whole-school community in the importance of mental health awareness
- Capturing the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues
The final report identified the following factors as strengths:
- Breadth and depth of work undertaken at Bethany School in relation to supporting wellbeing and mental health
- Communication with parents, openness to working with parents on all aspects of their child’s education and development. A great sense of parents being welcomed into the School
- Ethos throughout the School is one of commitment to children and young people in helping them to thrive
- ‘Can do’ solution focused way of working to support the pupils
- Staff, parents and pupils’ openness to discussing mental health and wellbeing needs and experiences
- Parents feel listened to, respected and included in the process of supporting their child
- Every child is treated as an individual and has an adult that they can turn to
The impacts of these factors were:
- Evidence demonstrates the high level of support for children and young people that are in place
- Clear evidence showing a positive impact on staff wellbeing
- Introduction and expectation of staff supervision
- Parent workshops have increased knowledge and awareness and also strengthened staff-parent relationships
- Information more available for staff on how to support their mental health and wellbeing
We are already formulating our next steps in further enhancing our provision and improving on our current positive outcomes. The Award is reviewed in 2022 and we are looking to continue the process of development through to this date.