Nurturing the health and wellbeing (pdf) of pupils is a key facet of holistic education for human flourishing as exemplified in the Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good.
It should not be seen as a stand-alone item but as part of an embedded approach across the school’s ethos, linking with other aspects of health education, spiritual development, the wider school curriculum and the ethos and policies that underpin the school. Any whole-school approach needs to ensure good partnership working with other agencies and health services.
Supporting children and young people to establish good habits and approaches to keeping well should happen as early as possible as part of forming a repertoire of good foundations for adult life as well as enabling them to enjoy more fully the here and now.
The early years of schooling are particularly valuable in that these are often the times when contact with parents and carers is at its strongest. When young people have good emotional and mental health their engagement in academic learning increases.
In addition, for good mental health and well-being habits to have resonance staff need to be able to model these approaches for themselves to deepen children’s learning as well as help staff to flourish. This guidance aims to support Church of England schools to evaluate their current provision and to consider ways of embedding what they do in line with their Christian vision so that it becomes integrated into their school culture and ethos.
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