Mental Health and Wellbeing

Well-Being at Nether Stowe

We take the well-being of our staff and students extremely seriously and have implemented a number of strategies for both students and staff to create a supportive working environment for everyone.

For students we:

  • Hold drop-in wellbeing sessions at lunchtime for students twice a week
  • Offer specific exam stress support sessions once a week at lunchtime
  • Run morning meditation sessions before school once a week
  • Offer 121 support to support students’ wellbeing
  • Deliver assemblies at least once every term with a mental health focus
  • Organise form time activities with a mental health focus at least once every half term
  • Incorporate mental health sessions into our PSHE programme and some of these sessions are supported by Birmingham YMCA
  • Run a mental health peer mentoring programme. Research suggests that young people feel more comfortable talking to their peers
  • Organise events throughout the year to promote the importance of wellbeing – World Mental Health Day, Time to Change Day, Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Hold ‘Curry and Chat’ lunchtimes once a term to encourage students and staff to sit, eat and chat with each other

For staff we:

  • Provide bespoke personal development days for all staff in the school calendar to supportive effective work-life balance.
  • Focus on the individual: our appraisal and professional development systems are structured to focus on personalised development – both within and beyond – the classroom. The initiative also reduces the workload burden on staff.
  • Undertake regular staff voice to enable all-staff input into school evaluation and development
  • Centralise sanctions to enable teachers to focus on what is most important – teaching and learning.
  • Reduce the number of data-collection points in the school year to focus on quality information not needless data collection.
  • Make assessment effective, not time-consuming: our assessment policy focuses on quality not quantity. We ensure our staff are providing high-quality feedback that enables pupils to act on what they need to do to improve, without unnecessarily adding to workload.

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Mental Health wellbeing

Bereavement Support.

Keeping well this June

Student Helplines Apps