The Inclusion support team within Sandwell are committed to supporting the social, emotional and mental health of children and young people across Sandwell. Temple Meadow also hold this as a value rooted within everything that we do and we are keen to develop this work further. In order to support schools in moving forward and providing accreditation for the hard work already happening; Inclusion Support has developed the Well-Being Charter Mark.
Social and emotional well-being can be defined as ‘a state of positive mental health and wellness. It involves a sense of optimism, confidence, happiness, clarity, validity, self-worth, achievement, having a meaning and purpose, engagement, having supportive and satisfying relationships with others and understanding oneself, and responding effectively to one’s own emotions.’
There is already practice at Temple Meadow to promote well-being for all young people, understanding and responding to difficulties as they emerge and provide support to young people and their families. We feel that we are ready to work alongside the Inclusion Support team to develop further and move towards excellence in this area.
This journey starts with an audit within the school which was conducted on Thursday 20th October 2018. During this audit, members of the Inclusion Support team met with a group of KS1 pupils, a group of KS2 pupils and a group of parents to collate their views on a wide range of issues. This lead to some joint work and an action plan being created to address gaps arising from the audit. We are now working as a whole school to achieve the actions set out in the plan and a review will be undertaken ahead of the Charter Mark being awarded.