School Well-being: promoting mental health in schools: inclusive practice
Written by Jagdish Kaur Barn, an educational psychologist at FocusPsychology, the article discusses how schools might evaluate their current practice regarding mental health, and how they could begin to improve practices in order to promote positive mental health for their pupils. This article originally appeared in 'Special' in July 2016.
The article looks into questions to ask to support self-evaluation, and takes a solution-orientated approach. It considers the importance of staff well-being in order to promote pupil well-being, and how having staff on board is crucial to developing mentally healthy schools.
It then explores a 'relational approach' and how teachers can employ this effectively, including some suggestions for PSHE and managing exam stress. There is a useful glossary of terms and a description of one of the key concepts in mental health, resilience.
Tips - 17 Oct 2017 Paid Member Only
Pupil passports are an important tool within wider person-centred working and lots of schools and settings use them. Have a look at these suggestions for how you can ensure that you are using them effectively, or to help you to start using them, so that they can contribute to improved outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
Guidance - 06 Oct 2017 Paid Member Only
In this podcast, Michael Surr, Education Development Officer at nasen, talks with Hedi Elsmore about how her school used an evidence based approach to improve provision for their learners with SEN.
Guidance - 06 Oct 2017
This is a cyclical, 9 step process which covers identification of areas for development, effective planning to address these area and then reviewing impact to identifying what will need to happen next. This process was created to support early years providers, schools and further education professionals to continue improving their approaches to professional learning.