Well-being At The Berkeley Academy
Over the course of their education, children will spend over 7,800 hours at school. With such a large amount of time spent at school, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting positive emotional wellbeing and are able to identify early behavioural changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives. Emotional well-being is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and well-being programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Well-being provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
Part of The Berkeley Academy’s whole school vision and values is 'we care' and our vision focuses on advancing our children’s social, emotional and physical well-being. At The Berkeley we take emotional health and mental well-being very seriously; one of our four curriculum drivers is 'Emotion Awareness'.
Every class provides a wide range of activities that promote emotional health and mental well-being including: The Berkeley mile, worry monsters/boxes, mindfulness activities, a calm corner. Our ‘Chill Café’ lunch club also provides a nurturing environment for some children who may find lunchtimes a difficult time or may just need time to talk. We also have a well-being school council with representatives from various year groups. Representatives meet once a term with Mrs Bateman and Mrs Chapleo to discuss well-being at our school.
Some of our well-being council representatives
We are very lucky to have a Learning Mentor- Mrs Chapleo.