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Winter Wellbeing

Posted: 13th November 2019 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

The clocks have moved back, the days are getting shorter and this, combined with the pressures students sometimes put on themselves when it comes to school, especially during exam season, means our role in supporting wellbeing comes into particular focus at this time of year.. 

Knowing this, provides an opportunity to shine a light on our wellbeing and take time to reflect:

Evidence shows that wellbeing programmes in schools can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health. It's our drive and commitment at Skippers to provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing for each individual child, identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives. 

All students need education to include how to understand and look after their mental health, just as we learn how to look after our physical health. By shifting the focus to preventing mental health problems and building resilience we can do so much to improve the lives of the children in our care. We have certainly focused our attention on this over the course of this term with initiatives like the garden room safe space, specialist staff training, the daily mile, tutor time meditation, early morning wake and shake and our own anti bullying ambassadors, all of which provide great support for the children.

Making wellbeing a priority in the Skippers’ school improvement plan sets the strategic direction for the school to enact real, positive change. With a focus on wellbeing, we can move closer to creating a generation of resilient, healthy and confident individuals. 

David Leggett
Deputy Head

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