Wellbeing at John Mason
A note from Mr Mat Davies, Assistant Headteacher/mental health lead regarding the wellbeing award for schools
John Mason School is committed to providing a learning environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying behaviour changes early and signs of mental distress. It is reflected in our school improvement plan and one of our core values “value ourselves and each other”.
The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn can help them build resilience and give them an understanding of how best to manage their mental health throughout their lives.
To accompany our passion for positive mental health and commitment to the wellbeing of our students, staff and stakeholders, we have decided to work towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This is award recognises a school’s efforts to promote positive emotional wellbeing and mental health education and support. To attain this award we have to develop an action plan that recognises what we currently do and offer additional opportunities to support and promote wellbeing and mental health. During this process you will be asked to complete a survey, along with our students and staff. This will give us a good foundation about our strengths and areas on which to focus. We will establish a “Change Team”, which will consist of students, staff, parents and stakeholders. Further information on this will follow in due course.
Statement of Commitment
John Mason School is committed to providing a healthy and caring environment that promotes and supports positive mental health for our students, staff and stakeholders. Positive mental health is vital to what we do at school; it underpins the crucial work carried out to support students and their families.
By considering student and staff wellbeing in all aspects of school life, a positive, healthy environment can be created that improves student engagement, performance and achievement which in turn gives everyone an opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential.
This year we are working incredibly hard to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
This whole-school award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both students and staff.
The award focuses on changing the long-term culture of a school, and embeds an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of everyone.
By working towards this award, our school can:
• Show their commitment to promoting mental health as part of regular school life
• Improve the emotional wellbeing of our school community
• Ensure mental health problems are identified early and effective support provided
• Offer provision and interventions that matches the needs of our school community
• Engage the whole-school community in the importance of mental health awareness
• Obtain the views of parents, students and staff on mental health
John Mason School will work closely with the whole of the school community to support positive mental health and wellbeing for all – students, staff, parents and families.
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Chair of Governors
Support within School
Mr Mat Davies is our Mental Health Senior Leader and is dedicated to the wellbeing and positive mental health of our students and staff.
Staff wellbeing and work/life balance is of the utmost importance and we are continually making changes to our processes and systems to help ensure positive mental health for our staff. We do this by encouraging staff to notice when a colleague’s wellbeing is under threat, encouraging good working practices and self-care to ensure a healthy work-life balance for example we encourage staff to take breaks and to finish at an appropriate time, We have also ensured that there is a school champion for staff wellbeing.
Should staff members wish to discuss any of the points raised above, make suggestions for improvements or discuss their own wellbeing please come and speak to Jane Howse, Staff Wellbeing Manager, who can advise on the support offered here at school and give guidance on additional external support.
If parents wish to discuss any of the points raised above or make suggestions they should contact their child’s form tutor or Head of House. For parents who require extra support for their child in terms of their emotional health and wellbeing they should contact their child’s form tutor or Natalie Uzzell. We may be able to support you and your child directly in school or find a service who can offer the tailored help needed.
A useful read for parents/carers entitled “Supporting Teenager – helping parents and professional to understand the early teenage years” can be found at: http://www.understandingchildhood.net/posts/supporting-teenagers/