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Lessness Heath Primary School

Lessness Heath is a large 3-form entry primary school, set within a multi-cultural, diverse community, with families of a wide range of social-economic backgrounds.

It is the first school nationally to be awarded with the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This wellbeing drive started from a vision that the head teacher Kate O,Connor and wellbeing leader Kelly Hannaghan had “that every stakeholder within the whole school community should have good quality mental health and wellbeing support, that ensures the best possible outcomes and a culture of people who grow resilience in life”. This mission included looking at ways to protect teacher wellbeing and safeguarding the profession.

A number of strategies were put in place including:

  • monthly wellbeing workshops for staff
  • a change team of mental health champions
  • regular mental health training for staff
  • regular emotion health measuring and monitoring for staff and pupils
  • visuals around the school environment to support mental health and wellbeing
  • CPD - delivered termly with a focus of mental health and wellbeing
  • a wellbeing notice board and a wellbeing menu of events and activities
  • the introduction of wellbeing ambassadors
  • anti-stigma awareness training and workshops for all pupils, staff and parents
  • a bespoke family empowerment program, called “Family Matters” which offers a support network for families.
  • Staff are presenting as being happier and have seen a decrease in staff absences.
  • The pupils are happy and engaged and are now able to recognise their thoughts and feelings and are able to seek help available.
  • Teachers are able to recognise symptoms and triggers of emotional health issues within their classrooms and are more confident in signposting pupils and their families for support and intervention.
  • There is a sense of togetherness and staff report that they feel their thoughts and feelings are taken into account.  Staff voices that a community spirit has grown and that there is a strength in unity amongst staff.
  • The way that staff and pupils communicate to each other is framed in a much more positive way and this is having a lasting impact on the way that children are speaking to each other.  Staff are using their newly found skills to respond to adversity in a calm approachable manner. Staff are able to help the pupil become more aware and mindful of the importance of respect and empathy.
  • The whole school community feels a sense of pride around how they are putting wellbeing at the heart of the school.