Yewstock School Wellbeing Vision Statement
A special place for everyone to learn, achieve and be valued
At Yewstock we are committed to making it our mission to promote resilience and positive wellbeing for all our pupils, staff, parents and carers. We will drive our message forward, to ensure that mental health is “everyone’s business” across the whole school community. We will strive to create an environment, which has a whole school approach, in providing excellent mental health support, understanding and intervention. We will put Wellbeing at the heart of Yewstock School to ensure successful learning and commit to our policies reflecting this.
We believe that our Yewstock Values match our vision for supporting Well-Being:
• We will Communicate Well: We will promote mental health as part of everyday school life, everyone will have a voice and make time to listen to and understand each other. We will make every effort to capture the views of parents, pupils and staff on mental health issues.
• We will Show Respect: In improving the emotional well-being of our staff, pupils, parents and carers we will ensure everyone is treated as an individual with respect, kindness and equality.
• We will be Kind, Caring and Considerate: We will ensure mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided. We will listen and respond to everyone’s needs and build strong and caring relationships.
• We will Find Joy in Learning: We will offer provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff so that everyone is engaged, comfortable and happy to learn, keen to try new things and encourage others to support Mental Health and Well-Being.
• We will Strive for Excellence: We will promote the importance of mental health awareness so that together we will be the best we can be.
Through supporting our whole school community to have positive mental health, we will ensure that Yewstock School is a special place for everyone to learn, achieve and be valued.
Promoting Positive Well-being and Mental Health for the Whole School Community
Here at Yewstock School, we value the health and well-being of all our pupils, staff, parents, carers and everyone in our school community. We are excited to announce that we have signed up to the Well-being Award for Schools, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau.
We have signed up to this award to further develop our work to promote positive well-being and mental health for the whole school community and gain accreditation for the work we have already done. It also ties in with our school values where we communicate well, show respect, are kind, caring and considerate, find joy in learning and strive for excellence. We aim to be a special place where everyone can learn, achieve and be valued.
About the Well-being Award for Schools
There are eight objectives to achieve within the Well-being Award Framework, containing several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set out within each. The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional well-being and mental health of both staff and pupils. The award will enable us to develop these practices where necessary and help us to ensure that well-being is embedded in the long-term culture of our school. It will help us to create an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
With this award, we will demonstrate our commitment to:
• Promoting mental health as part of everyday school life
• Improving the emotional well-being of our staff, pupils, parents and carers
• Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
• Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff
• Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
• Capturing the views of parents, pupils and staff on mental health issues
There are a number of ways you can contribute to helping us achieve this award, including taking part in a parent survey and volunteering your time with our Change Team. Please contact Kat Jory, our leader for promoting positive mental health and well-being at Yewstock School
About the National Children’s Bureau
For more than 50 years NCB have been making a big difference to the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. Over the last 50 years they have developed several member groups and dedicated networks on issues such as bullying, early childhood, special educational needs and childhood bereavement. Some of their achievements include: founding the Council for Disabled Children (CDC), launched the Childhood Bereavement Network, and successfully campaigned for the new national curriculum to embed financial education in both mathematics and citizenship education, so children can be taught the basic skills of how to manage money.
We have a number of different processes to help pupils who feel that they may need to talk to someone about their mental health or get the support for someone they are concerned about.
As a school, we take all aspects of a young person’s well-being seriously but we are first and foremost a school so as well as contacting us to let us know your concerns we strongly recommend that you contact your GP to discuss any concerns that you may have about your young person.
We place great emphasis on the welfare of our school community and provide support, information and guidance to help everyone at our school feel happy. We also celebrate the diverse and inclusive nature of our school community and recognise the faiths, beliefs and needs held by all.
Please see below for mental health & well-being information, signposting to local services and advice for parents: