The Wellbeing Award for Schools
At BSY we are undertaking a 15 -18 month commitment to achieving, as a school community, the Wellbeing Award for Schools, this is an award that has a rigorous process prior to achievement, and will require the full support of all stakeholders. Optimus Education has developed the award in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau UK (NCB). Once we have achieved this award we will continue to apply for accreditation each year thereafter.
Everyone’s interpretation of wellbeing can vary greatly, and it is difficult to find a catch all definition. I however, believe that the definition from the Office of National Statistics UK is fairly close:
We define wellbeing as having 10 broad dimensions which have been shown to matter most to people in the UK as identified through a national debate. The dimensions are: the natural environment, personal well-being, our relationships, health, what we do, where we live, personal finance, the economy, education and skills and governance.
Personal wellbeing is a particularly important dimension which we define as how satisfied we are with our lives, our sense that what we do in life is worthwhile, our day to day emotional experiences (happiness and anxiety) and our wider mental wellbeing.
(ONS Reflections on Measuring National Well-being July 2013)
As the BSY community we will be working toward achieving 4 distinct PRINCIPLES as follows:
- Emotional wellbeing and mental health are a continuum. Related issues can range from positive attitudes and behaviour, through to experiences of emotional distress and mental disorder.
- Schools already experience and manage emotional issues on a daily basis; the objective is to minimise the impact of such issues and maximise the effectiveness of any responses.
- Emotional wellbeing covers a range of dimensions, such as resilience, character building, relationships and self esteem. Understanding both developmental and mental health awareness is critical.
- Creating a positive school culture requires a whole-school approach, involving all the community - pupils, parents and staff.
There is a change management team, representative of the whole staff body who will work on the ‘Action Plan’ for this award. As the process unfolds we will be looking to the parent body to support us in identifying initiatives, and embedding good wellbeing practice within our community. We are extremely proud to be undertaking this award, continuing to put wellbeing at the forefront of all we do.
Head of Primary
Whole School Professional Development Coordinator