Karen Marsh is the psychological well being lead at Southport School. She tells us about her faculty’s expertise of senior psychological well being lead coaching and the way it’s helped to additional assist its employees and college students with their wellbeing.
Southport School and KGV Sixth Type School have at all times provided wonderful assist to college students who could also be experiencing psychological well being difficulties. When the chance arose to nominate a senior psychological well being result in full a specialist course and embed an entire faculty method, it felt like a improbable alternative to enhance on the great work already happening.
Deciding on the fitting course for our setting
The Division for Training gives a useful software to establish probably the most acceptable course stage for our setting, making an allowance for our psychological well being lead’s present position and their expertise. We chosen an intermediate stage course delivered by means of a mix of on-line dwell studying, discussion board discussions, 1;1 and group teaching classes and a convention. This gave sufficient flexibility and capability for our employees result in full the course, whereas focussing on their day-to-day position.
The course coated:
- management and administration
- focused assist and referrals
- figuring out want and monitoring influence
- making a supportive ethos
- employees improvement
- pupil voice
- working with dad and mom/carers
- studying and improvement
- creating a Psychological Well being Coverage and Process.
All of that are massively vital to our entire faculty method.
Supporting employees and pupil psychological well being
Following the pandemic, we’ve seen a rise in college students presenting with low temper, nervousness, suicidal ideation, consuming issues and complicated psychological well being points. Due to this fact, having a workforce of employees assured and geared up to assist these younger individuals’s psychological well being and wellbeing in order that they’re able to entry studying is significant and assist from senior leaders was additionally a key think about embedding an entire faculty method.
We additionally used the Charlie Waller CMET psychological well being self-assessment software and have been in a position to pull collectively a working group of cross faculty leaders to contemplate issues like our curriculum, pupil voice, and assist for workers and college students. We commonly replace this doc which helps us map our ongoing journey.
Now we have additionally signed as much as be an Affiliation of School’s (AoC) Psychological Well being and Wellbeing Constitution which re-affirmed our dedication to pupil and employees psychological well being and wellbeing. This consists of commitments to advertise equality of alternative and problem psychological well being stigma, present psychological well being coaching for workers, and supply focused particular person psychological well being assist the place acceptable. We proudly show our Psychological Well being Constitution in our reception areas and loved an exquisite day celebrating the signing of the Constitution with our CEO Michell Brabner, Richard Caulfield, AoC’s Nationwide Psychological Well being Lead, and our college students.
Our new inner psychological well being coverage and process additionally covers referral networks and identifies key members of employees with specialist duties round psychological well being. This prescriptive information helps be sure that each member of employees is obvious on methods to assist pupil psychological well being, together with what to do, who to talk to and when.
Via a complete programme of focused employees improvement delivered by our newly established psychological well being assist crew, employees we’ve additionally been in a position to entry coaching on Vicarious Trauma, Supporting Anxious Learners and Psychoeducation. We even have employees wellbeing days, the place employees have entry to actions like acupuncture and meditation, in addition to alternatives to spend casual time with colleagues.
There has additionally been a major funding in our enrichment programme with all college students quickly having the ability to entry resilience programs and different sporting actions to advertise wellbeing in a supportive setting. We all know from listening to our pupil voice that social nervousness and examination stress are obstacles to studying, so having the ability to entry bodily schooling not solely as a part of the curriculum however as a part of co- curricular workshops is important.
Total, the senior psychological well being lead course was properly price doing, it thought-about totally different facets of methods to embed good apply throughout our faculty and most significantly will result in higher assist and outcomes for our learners and employees.
Like all schooling, it can evolve. And we’ve a transparent dedication to proceed to develop our method.
Discover out extra about psychological well being and wellbeing assist to your college or faculty
Head to gov.uk for extra element on psychological well being and wellbeing assist, together with the Senior Psychological Well being Lead coaching.
Discover out extra in regards to the Division for Training’s Training Employees Wellbeing Constitution which units out shared commitments to advertise, defend and improve the wellbeing of employees