"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Frederick Douglass

Wellbeing in schools

Schools and colleges create important support systems for young people and children and they are becoming increasingly recognised as key sites to help promote positive wellbeing. 

What do we mean by wellbeing?

It's important to have a definition for schools that is easily understandable so that staff, pupils, students and parents can have a shared understanding and belief of what wellbeing means. Wellbeing is not just about the absence of disease or illness, it’s a combination of a person's physical, mental, emotional and social health factors.  Wellbeing is often described as how you feel about yourself, your happiness and life satisfaction.

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Why is monitoring wellbeing in schools so important?

The recent wellbeing toolkit for schools created by Public Health England recommends schools and colleges measure and assess wellbeing;

" School and college leadership teams have a strong rationale for assessing the health and wellbeing needs of their population and taking proportionate action to address their needs."

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How is wellbeing being managed in schools at present?

Although there are many schools and colleges that proactively support the wellbeing of their students it isn't consistently tracked or assessed well. 

It was reported in 2018 that only 20% of schools have a plan in place for mental health and wellbeing and it was recommended;

 

" that there was a shift in the discourse of guidance and training from behaviours and behaviour management, to a focus on mental health, wellbeing and building emotional resilience"

Although Ofsted is placing more importance on the way schools support and assess personal development and wellbeing, it has yet to be seen how they will affectively advise and hold schools to account in these areas.

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Wellbeing tools

Although there are many wellbeing tools available, we have yet to find one that can measure and offer tailored focused wellbeing support to students 24/7. 
This is why we created youHQ.

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How can youHQ help schools improve how they manage the wellbeing of their students?

youHQ is a multi-functioning wellbeing and personal development tool which enable schools to;

  • Accurately assess whole school wellbeing and highlight students who may need more support, through our validated built-in surveys and youHQ FOCUS feature

  • Teach students the skills to enhance personal development and wellbeing 24/7 with our catalogue of resources.

  • Facilitate and improve teacher-to-student relationships.

  • Report wellbeing-related safeguarding concerns.

  • Demonstrate impact to Ofsted /ICI through our dedicated wellbeing and personal development Snapshot report.

  • Improve parent-school relationships through our snapshot termly reports.

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How can youHQ Focus feature help students?

Our youHQ FOCUS feature enables schools and colleges to highlight the students who need more support and focus specific wellbeing advice on them.

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How can the resources on youHQ help support wellbeing and personal development?

The resources available on youHQ are bespoke to each school and contain a blend of curated content and resources created by health professionals employed at Life on Time.  We recognise that each school is different and has different needs so all resources are manageable by the school if they require.  This enables schools to add their own resources along with existing PSHE content they have acquired.

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How can the interactive values-based goalsetting features impact student wellbeing and personal development?

Our Values-based goalsetting feature is at the heart of youHQ.

 

Goal setting is an established and scientifically proven technique used to improve human performance and enhance wellbeing, but what is values-based goal setting and why is connecting school and personal values to the goal-setting process so important within youHQ?

 

The term values has a wide variety of meanings, but for our purposes, we think of values as personal qualities that we aspire to and wish to cultivate. It is how we want to behave as people, how we wish to relate to others, to ourselves, and the world around us.  For young people, it’s important that they have the opportunity to explore the type of people they want to be and what they want to stand for. 

YouHQ allows schools and students to promote goal setting around their values.  Whilst the values act as the compass points, students can learn how to set goals and align these to values which can act as a form of marker points to help them stay on track. These can form smaller daily habit-based actions and long-term goals.

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