I have been teaching since 1999, and have been fortunate enough to have worked across both independent and state schools. My initial teaching roles included Head of Drama and Performing Arts which led me to become interested in the pastoral side of school life. After a two year stint in New Zealand, I returned to the UK to work in an independent school as the Head of Girls Boarding. It became clear that the Emotional Well-being of the students was pivotal to their academic success. I then moved to a state boarding school, which was partnered with an independent school, within the role of Director of Boarding. A key aspect of the school's USP was supporting vulnerable students emotionally to maximise their opportunities for academic success. This was a highly rewarding role, which really enabled me to understand the urgent need for schools to have a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing. In more recent years I have become an inspector for schools which enables me to see a wide range of settings and distil the very best practice. My school has recently been shortlisted for a national Wellbeing award which celebrates and shares the very best practice in education. In addition, I am working collaboratively with Leeds Beckett University on their world-renowned 'Mental Health award which provides schools with a structure, framework and academic resilience to enable schools to build a while school Wellbeing program.
16 November 2021 | 11:05 - 11:25 | English | Well-being in schools - A whole School Approach
"Experts have called for a significant and urgent increase in resources to support the mental health of young people in schools after a study uncovered a 'perfect storm' of increased need and decreased provision" University of Manchester 12th February 2018 - The presentation will examine a whole-school approach to wellbeing and how schools can nurture students Emotional Health by providing them with the tools to keep themselves emotionally healthy. Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health issues are top of every school leaders' agenda. This has become even more necessary in the context of a global pandemic, which has seen a 300% increase in disordered eating behaviours along with an increase in mental health concerns in young people. School Leaders must equip students to keep themselves mentally healthy, whilst also identifying and signposting when a decline in mental health is identified and they must look to global examples of best practices to achieve this.