Whiston Willis Primary Academy Statement of Intent - Wellbeing Award for Schools
At Whiston Willis Primary Academy, we care about the wellbeing of both our pupils and staff and we are always looking for ways that we can help support our school family. We were awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools in 2021.
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.
With this award, our school will:
Show their commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life
Improve the emotional wellbeing of staff and pupils
Ensure mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
Offer provision and interventions that matches the needs of 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
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Our whole school wellbeing plan focuses on the five ways to wellbeing.
Each half term we are focusing on one of the ways to wellbeing. Each week, we will carry out activities linked to the focus. Our focus for Autumn 2 is Connect.
The aim is to adopt a whole school approach to wellbeing by involving staff, pupils and our school community in activities to promote ways of supporting our own and each other's wellbeing.
Excellent website primarily for young people but has sections for parents. Lots of helpful links for young people to follow on topics like conditions, symptoms, looking after yourself. There are also publications you can download or buy on topics such as depression, mental illness in your family, depression and eating.
Lots of information and support and specific section on the workplace and mental health. Access to telephone support, urgent help and information if you want to support other in areas such as anger, anxiety, bereavement etc.
Excellent resource called ‘Mind Plan’- you answer a few questions and it gives you ideas to support you in your own emotional and mental wellbeing. Tabs that cover topics such as mental wellbeing, stress, sleep, low mood. Links to helpful apps as well.
Mental Health First Aid
Mrs A Askew and Mr P Nixon are trained Mental Health First Aiders.