Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”
– World Health Organisation (WHO)
Ascot International School’s approach to promoting an all round ethos of positive mental health and wellbeing. Primarily it is about student mental health but of course staff mental health and wellbeing is interrelated and the two go hand in hand. Positive wellbeing affects whole school culture.The intention of this policy is to act as guidance for all staff including support staff and governors.
Ascot International School is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all staff and students, including external providers using our facilities as part of the Ascot extended community.It is expected that all staff and students are able to contribute to their own wellbeing as well as contribute to the wellbeing of others.
The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our students to keep themselves and others physically and mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our revised Whole School PSHE curriculum 2019/20. The specific content of lessons will be determined by the age and specific needs of the cohort being taught but there will always be an emphasis on enabling students to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding, language and confidence to seek help, as needed, for themselves or others. This process is discussed at all levels and agreed by the Board of Governors May 2019.
We at Ascot ensure that we teach students and staff about mental health and wellbeing, and how it can fluctuate between both positive and negative. In PY we have regular weekly mindfulness lessons using a well researched Australian curriculum. Students learn and can practise being mindful in all areas within and outside of school. Classes also participate in meditation, yoga, mindful colouring, tai chi and other mindful activities.In SY teachers try to embed mindfulness into curriculum or enrichment time. We also ensure staff understand how important resilience is and provide opportunities to develop this.
We will ensure that staff, students and parents/careers are aware of sources of support within the school and in the local community