About the Wellbeing Award for Schools
Developed in partnership with the National Children's Bureau (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.
With this award, schools can:
- 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
Have systems and external partnerships in place to support different types of emotional and mental health needs.
Work with the whole school community to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Ensure that emotional wellbeing and mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Commit to high-quality, ongoing professional development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Actively promote staff emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Vision and strategy
Commit to a clear vision and strategy of how the school will promote and protect emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Lessness Heath Primary School on how achieving the WAS has improved wellbeing across the whole school
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Steps to Achieving an Award
Evaluate your current provision against the award framework.
Practical action planning
Work with the award framework to create and implement your school’s Action Plan.
Collect evidence to meet the award framework.
External review of the school's evidence against the award framework.
Receive your award and celebrate your school’s achievement!
Ensure that school improvement is sustainable and continuous.
for coordinators who prefer an independent approach
Create your school action plan
Access the Awards team for process support
Drive the process of collecting evidence and preparing for accreditation
for coordinators who prefer a supported approach
Work with an adviser to create your school action plan
Receive regular email and telephone support from your adviser
Check your progress with an adviser-led interim visit and report