Support for Wellbeing
In our schools, we want all to flourish spiritually, morally, socially, emotionally and culturally, and good mental health and wellbeing is needed to help this flourishing of staff, pupils and their families alike. The C of E’s mental health and wellbeing guidance puts it like this:
‘Nurturing the health and wellbeing of pupils is a key facet of holistic education for human flourishing as exemplified in the Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good. It should not be seen as a stand-alone item but as part of an embedded approach across the school’s ethos, linking with other aspects of health education, spiritual development, the wider school curriculum and the ethos and policies that underpin the school. Any whole-school approach needs to ensure good partnership working with other agencies and health services.’
The SIAMS schedule, introduced in 2018, has placed greater emphasis on the flourishing of the whole school community. Within the schedule, this question is asked: ‘How well do leaders ensure there is support for good mental health in children and adults and a sense of belonging that embraces and celebrates difference?’
Additions to the Ofsted framework include personal development, behaviour, welfare and mental health. More specifically the framework references the essential components of emotional wellbeing such as relationships, self-disciplined, self-confidence, self-efficacy, communication skills, positive mind-set and attitude.
The Ofsted framework recognises that it is important to continue to support individual students with specific behavioural and mental health needs but there is also a need to create a culture that fosters emotional wellbeing and resiliency within the school. Consequently, ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools commit to helping students develop personal skills, employability skills and achieve academically. Schools are encouraged to create an ‘Emotional Wellbeing Friendly Culture'.
This section of our website signposts the following resources to use to support good mental health and wellbeing:
SUPPORT FOR BEREAVEMENT, LOSS AND GRIEF
COUNSELLING OFFER FOR HEAD TEACHERS:
A letter detailing this offer can be found below.