Shield Road Primary is taking part in an exciting project for the Mental Wellbeing Award scheme for schools. Mr Mepham will launch this in an assembly on Monday 13th May to the children followed by a letter home to you and an assembly for parents in term 6.
What is the Mental Wellbeing Award?
Councillor Erica Williams, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “Mental illness has a major effect on many peoples’ life worldwide and is an issue this council takes very seriously. I’m delighted we’re able to introduce a scheme in schools to encourage and support openness, better awareness and learning around mental health and wellbeing from an early age.”
The Mental Wellbeing Award is a new part of the Health in Schools programme in South Gloucestershire, run by the Public Health & Wellbeing team at South Gloucestershire Council. The scheme aims to encourage and support schools to develop a whole school approach to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of students, staff and parents/carers. It addresses schools’ ethos and environment as well as the mental health support provided for students, the teaching and learning around wellbeing, staff development, and work with parents and carers.
There is good evidence that a whole school approach is effective in improving mental health, and that children with higher levels of emotional wellbeing have higher levels of academic achievement. The benefit of improving mental wellbeing has already been demonstrated locally by a secondary school whose mental wellbeing scores bucked the local trend after implementing a whole school approach.
What is involved?
Although Shield Road Primary school is already doing lots towards improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of students, staff and parents/carers. The scheme will look at this in more detail and help us to plan how to enhance what we currently offer and will support us to work towards gaining the award. We were asked to select a lead member of staff and this is being shared by Mrs Duggan-Edge and Mrs Lawton who will have allocated time to work on the scheme with support from the wider staff team and the Public Health and Wellbeing Team. They are currently putting together a Wellbeing team in school who will work on an audit in school and put together an action plan. School has received a small amount of funding for us to do this.
The timeline is below:
|Feb 2019||Sign up!|
Funding awarded to schools
Induction and training
Create a Health and Wellbeing team to drive the programme, including staff, students and others
Launch scheme in school inform students, staff and parents/carers of the programme and gain views on the school’s current approach and hopes for the scheme
Conduct a baseline measure of staff and students’ mental wellbeing
|July 2019||Wellbeing team to carry out audit of current approach, utilising views of staff, students and parents, and Online pupil Survey data where available. Assessment by Public Health|
|Sep 2019||Develop action plan, based on gaps identified in the audit|
|Sep 2019 - Dec 2019||
Interventions delivered with support from Public Health & Wellbeing including training,
Resources and best-practice network meetings
Conduct follow-up measure of student and staff mental wellbeing; complete action plan
Assessment by Public Health, receive award certificate and logos, feedback to all and celebrate
Continued engagement with the Health in Schools programme
More exciting updates to follow!