Promoting Emotional Health and Well-being

At Outwood Academy Ormesby we recognise the importance of emotional resilience and positive well-being play in academic achievement and long term life chances and happiness. This belief is embedded in our vision and values; Students First, Raising Standards and Transforming Lives. These underpin our whole-school approach to promoting emotional health. The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”, we champion this role.

Our whole school approach to supporting students reflects best practice and statutory and advisory guidance detailed in the following documents:
• ‘Keeping children safe in education’
• ‘Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children’
• ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools’
• ‘Counselling in schools’

We believe that emotional health is closely linked to mental health and that as a school we can encourage positive development of mental health in adolescence. Children who are mentally healthy will be able to:
• Develop psychologically, emotionally, creatively, intellectually and spiritually.
• Initial, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships.
• Use and enjoy solitude and collaboration
• Be aware of others and empathise with them
• Develop a sense of right and wrong
• Accept and seek responsibility without excuse
• Face challenges, resolve issues and setbacks and learn from them.

Eight Principles

Our approach is based around the eight principles recommended to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools.