As parents and teachers, we can identify the characteristics of flourishing people but the challenge is to build and sustain these in our young people (and ourselves). We know that to get the best outcomes for the students we also have to focus on the teachers and parents and to this end, our developing Well-being programme is targeted at the full school community. We have many initiatives already in place but it is always impactful to bring in external experts to help us to develop skills and programmes, ensuring that we are making Well-being an important priority and creating sustainable models.
Building on the work he has done with our school community over the last few years, we have been delighted to welcome back organisational coach and well-being expert Clive Leach. Clive has been working with students, staff and parents to help us further develop our coaching skills and support the work we are doing on Well-being, specifically in the area of building resilience and resourcefulness in young people. He has been reinforcing our understanding of how to use PERMA (Positive Emotions, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment) as a framework and providing us with practical skills and approaches that can be used to help teachers, students and parents.
Clive worked with groups of teachers to further develop coaching skills and delivered sessions around strengths identification and mental toughness – very impactful in helping teachers to optimise their own “flourishing” while also learning useful knowledge and skills that they can use to support students. He spent time with our Year 9 student coaching group, supporting them to further develop their peer coaching skills and to plan the their next steps in setting up a student-led peer coaching network. Likewise, he met with the parent coaching group to build on their learning and again to support them in planning how to broaden the scope of the parent-coaching group to the wider parent body. Clive also ran an informative and thought provoking sessions for parents on Resilient and Resourceful Young People which were attended by over 50 parents. You can read more about this in Sue Smith’s Well-being blog.
So it has been a very positive week with lots of great professional development and learning that is helping us to move forward in our drive to support every child to flourish. We want to ensure we give children the tools and mindset to help them not just cope but also to thrive on the challenges that life will throw at them; to be successful but also engaged and fulfilled; to be hopeful and optimistic. Big but important goals and we all have our part to play. Please do follow our weekly Well-being blog which will give you lost of insight into this field and practical suggestions of things you can do as parents to support the Well-being of your children.
Thanks as always for your continued support and partnership.
Niki Meehan, Vice Principal.