Childhood and are crucial periods in the development of long-term learning, behaviours, neural pathways, and attitudes towards personal wellbeing and lifestyle choices. The social and emotional space that schools can provide for students to try out the skills, knowledge and behaviours that they are learning help them build resilience and set patterns for how they will manage their mental, emotional and physical health throughout their lives.
Schools provide students with reliable unbiased information to deepen their understanding of life choices they face. Providing students with the intellectual skills required to reflect critically on these choices and on the influences that society has on them is especially important as peer pressure, advertising, social media and family and cultural values all apply pressure on young people’s decision making.
Wellbeing and academic achievement and directly linked, and the feed each other reciprocally. For example, physical activity is associated with improved learning and greater concentration. Strong, supportive relationships give students the emotional support to step out of their ‘comfort zone’ and explore new ideas and ways of thinking. Positive emotions are also associated with the development of flexibility and adaptability, openness to other cultures and beliefs, self-efficacy and tolerance, central to our school’s value of Respect.