Through our extensive work supporting and collaborating with schools to improve mental health and wellbeing, we have developed a number of strategies and services that support schools.
Schools are becoming increasingly aware of the need to develop wellbeing to tackle many pressing issues these include;
- Teacher stress
- Staff retention
- Exam stress
- Pupil achievement
- Attitudes to learning
- Recovery from time away from school
There are many positive outcomes that can be developed by developing whole school approaches to wellbeing. However, knowing how to develop wellbeing and what strategies to use is an area in which schools often feel they require support in. We have worked with many schools and applied practical wellbeing strategies that develop wellbeing on several levels.
Wellbeing approaches for schools
At Worth-it we believe in supporting schools to move from languishing to flourishing through improving wellbeing, and promoting mental health. Our strategies are drawn from a robust evidence base of wellbeing science, and fall within three broad interrelated categories;
- Interpersonal and relationship – skills and strategies that develop positive relationships and the skills to make and maintain them. This can include communication skills, friendship and teamwork skills as well as approaches to addressing bullying.
- Self and emotional awareness – strategies that develop self-knowledge, self-acceptance and positive self-image. These are combined with strategies that develop an understanding of all emotions and how to express and experience emotions in helpful and healthy ways.
- Thinking – skills and strategies that encourage metacognition, growth mindset, optimistic thinking, the ability to be resilient and set and achieve goals.
The wellbeing strategies we develop with schools may not always be tangible resources or set programmes of intervention. Although that is certainly something we have and do deliver within schools. The approach we take is to work with schools to develop a holistic culture and ethos that applies wellbeing strategies within schools in three different ways;
- By equipping individuals with resources and assets that develop personal wellbeing – staff and pupils. Increasing confidence and capability within individuals to develop wellbeing in themselves and others.
- Through developing relationships and interactions that facilitate wellbeing and support the application of the intervention. This can include role modeling, allowing safe failure and risk-taking, and developing cultures of kindness.
- Through creating a whole school method of wellbeing by developing a shared language and understanding, making wellbeing visible in your school and through policy and procedures that cultivate and maintain wellbeing.
A framework for wellbeing in schools
From our work with schools we know that one size does not fit all, schools have unique approaches, staff, pupils and communities. Not every school wants to develop wellbeing in the same way, to meet the need of every school we support we have developed a flexible framework of support that offers a pick and mix programme to develop wellbeing strategies. This includes coaching, consultancy, resources, training, staff wellbeing, and pupil interventions. This way schools can develop their approach to wellbeing over time, ensuring it becomes embedded and is sustained for years to come.
Sustainable wellbeing strategies for schools
Developing a sustainable, embedded approach to wellbeing is key to any school’s successful wellbeing strategy. This makes sure that any investment of time or money involved in developing wellbeing is well spent. Wellbeing becomes core business in the schools and the benefits are felt for years to come.
Interested in having Wellbeing Ambassadors in your School/Setting?
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