Promoting well-being at All Saints’
Here at All Saints’, the well-being of both our staff and children is of a high priority. Promoting positive mental health and emotional well- being is at the forefront of everything we do and we continue to research the most effective ways of embedding this in our practice.
Part of our vision states that children will become life long leaners and we believe with life skills and a mental health and wellbeing toolkit, our children will be able to do this. With this toolkit they will not only be able to know how to keep themselves mentally heathy but also shine their light for others by sharing their learning about this very important subject.
Advocating a growth mindset is threaded through our curriculum, where children are actively encouraged to believe in themselves and build their resilience. We understand that when we encourage a growth mindset, our children are more successful and continue to develop a love of learning.
Below are further examples of how we are specifically addressing the social and emotional needs of our children:
Mental Health Support Team (MHST):
As a school, we currently work with the Calderdale Mental Health Support Team (MHST) to support children who are experiencing mild to moderate emotional/mental health problems.
We have our own Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) who is based in school once a week. As part of the role, the EMHP has supported us with transition, friendships and workshops for both staff and parents around resilience and anxiety.
‘Seeds of Happiness’ – Teach happy:
As a school, we have now signed up to the ‘Seeds of Happiness’ which is a scheme that supports children’s happiness and well-being, as well as developing a ‘growth mindset’.
The scheme is based around research into the ‘science of happiness’ and promotes positive psychology where children learn ways to positively impact their own happiness levels and those of their friends and family, by the actions they take.
Teachers are trained to deliver the sessions such as ‘kindfulness, mindfulness and positive emotions’ and this is then embedded into the daily classroom practice.
Growth Mindset & Shining Bright
Here at All Saints Growth Mindset is of a high priority, where we encourage children to learn more, know more and remember more.
Carol Dweck is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. She focuses on why people succeed and how to foster this success in schools.
In her research on motivation and achievement, Dweck introduces the idea of Mindset. Mindsets are beliefs about yourself and your basic qualities such as your intelligence, your talents and your personality.
People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just given to them so people with this mindset worry about how adequate or inadequate they are instead of developing their traits. They believe that their talent alone creates success- without effort and they are reluctant to take on challenges.
People with a growth mindset, on the other hand see their traits as just the starting point and that these can be developed by dedication, hard work and effort. This view creates resilience and a love of learning.
When we encourage a Growth Mindset in children they then become enthusiastic learners. A Growth Mindset means that their intelligence can be developed which has a positive effect on their motivation and subsequently their achievement. Dweck’s research shows that we produce confident learners when we praise students for the process they engage in and not for being bright, clever or talented.