About the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS)
Developed in partnership with NCB, this whole-school award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils.
The award has a focus on changing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
To achieve this award schools will be expected to demonstrate how they:
- Show their commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life
- Improve the emotional wellbeing of their staff and pupils
- Ensure mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offer provision and interventions that matches the needs of its pupils and staff
- Engage the whole school community in the importance of mental health awareness
- Capture the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues
At Camrose, we believe that positive mental health and wellbeing is the most important thing for a child to achieve. The school has worked hard to create a safe and happy space where children are accepted in their entirety - a space where they are encouraged to be the best that they can be and achieve all that they can. We accept that there will be difficulties from time to time and when this happens, our inclusion team are there to support our children and our families in every way we can - from tailored, one-to-one support for the individual, to using our professional network of agencies that we work alongside.
This help and support begins from day one. In order to ensure that children make effective transitions and are ready for school, we make home visits to alleviate any concerns or worries that a parent may have. All children are monitored to make sure that developmental milestones are met and any additional needs are addressed. We work alongside the children's centre to support families with regards to health, behaviour and everyday routines. At school, we seek to engage parents with a range of academic workshops to support learning and strengthen the home-school relationships. The school will speak to parents to discuss any referrals to agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy Service, Education Psychology, CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service), Early Intervention Support, Counselling. The school has Mental Aid First Aid practitioners and are in the process of investing in training for a school counsellor. Our safeguarding practice was graded as outstanding in our recent Ofsted inspection.
On a day to day level, we have an open door policy, where parents are welcome to come and talk to teachers, management and the school's Learning Mentor about any concerns that they have. We welcome any feedback.
In order to evaluate our current provision, we need your input. Your views are important in helping us understand what we are doing well and how we can do even better.
Please follow the link below to complete the survey.
It should only take a couple of minutes. Please respond within the week.
All responses and suggestions will be carefully considered and used to plan a range of school improvements.
If you have any queries about this survey, please contact your school. Do not reply to this email as replies are not monitored.
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