With a major focus on wellbeing and mental-health among many communities around the UK, staff and pupils at Bradford Grammar School are taking things one step further, with a ‘Spotlight on Happiness’ focusing on actions that can improve the mental resilience of all.
In tandem with the England government’s pledge of £1.25 billion to improve children and young people’s mental health services, the Department of Health and NHS England published ‘Future in mind’, with a proposal to encourage schools to continue to develop ‘whole school approaches’ to promoting emotional well-being and mental health.
The ‘Spotlight on Happiness’ initiative focusses on this ‘whole school approach’ and features an in-depth look across ‘Well-being and Mental Health’, ‘Creativity and the Arts’, ‘Community Outreach and Enrichment’, ‘Sport and Healthy Living’ and ‘Personalised Teaching’.
Staff and pupils recently shared what makes them happy (see Flickr gallery below), and their dedicated website showcases videos and resources outlining the scheme (click here to view).
Writing on the school website, headteacher Simon Hinchcliffe says, “We are acutely aware that members of the public, young people, parents and teachers all have important stories to tell about happiness and well-being in School, and in their everyday lives. We want to play our part by sharing our voices, through this public resource, to benefit everyone, not just the few, and to help raise awareness within our local community, Yorkshire and nationwide.”
We have reached out to the school, and are hoping to feature this initiative further in UKEd Magazine over the next couple of months.
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