Did you know...?
90% of schools leaders have reported an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood or depression, with three children in every classroom having a diagnosable mental disorder.
March of Pounds will support leaders, teachers, parents, and carers in over 500 schools and settings to reduce the increasing swell in the numbers of children with mental health issues.
Why do we need it?
The emotional wellbeing of a child or young person has a significant impact, not only on their mental health, but also their academic achievement and levels of progress. Simply put, an anxious or angry mind will not learn
In the first half of the twentieth century, March of Dimes a high profile campaign which saw the public flood the White House with 2,680,000 dimes and thousands of dollars in donations in support of FD Roosevelts desire to eradicate polio funded the introduction of a vaccine to prevent the disease.
Unlike other diseases, a vaccine will not address the issue of mental health. Training, understanding and support will. We are taking the inspiration of Roosevelts March of Dimes to launch our March of Pounds Campaign to tackle the pervading illness amongst our young people over one hundred years later!
We hope you will help - every pound counts!
The Achieving Wellbeing programme (AW) is an evidence-based, Achievement for All programme that enables schools to unlock academic achievement and accelerate progress for pupils by improving their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Supported by qualified professionals, the AW is planned and implemented in partnership with schools by trained coaches who deliver face-to-face support and training to all staff, over a two-year period.
AW incorporates Emotion Coaching, developed by Achievement for All with the support of Emotion Coaching UK and draws on the latest neuroscientific research to support whole setting understanding, implementation and development of this attachment-based approach to improving wellbeing and attainment. Emotion Coaching gives every adult in the school a practical tool for managing behaviour and nurturing self-regulation in all learners and has demonstrated measurable positive impact on the whole school community, including families.
Schools are now the front line triage service for the increasingly complex mental health needs of pupils and in many cases families. At a time when society and communities are awakening to the importance/impact of mental health, with the additional demands such new knowledge brings in terms of unanswered questions and seeking of support, school staff in all positions need to have the skills and training to develop, implement and maintain a culture and climate of positive mental health. This is a challenge both in terms of the daily practice of individual school staff but also for school leadership who need to support staff well being in achieving the desired outcomes for the whole school community. In relation to many of our most vulnerable children such as those in the care system, this rise in demand for mental health support has impacted on the ability of schools to deliver sustainable support, as unlike with the rise in demand, any increase in training and resources to meet the needs has not been comparative. As a result, the only approach that is manageable and effective in my opinion is that of a whole school approach, based on common principles, language, expectations and accountability. Working with AFA has enabled St Mary's to develop and implement an enhanced structure, working across the whole school community from TA's to governors, enabling myself as a head teacher to build on previous work to develop opportunities for emotional well-being with a justification that is evidence based, but recognises the importance and uniqueness of place. The impact of such an approach is already visible in outcomes for children (high attendance, progress, attainment but most importantly increasingly smiling and keen to engage in supportive but challenging relationships). It is also seen throughout the school through staff moral and practice, as the work with AFA has opened new channels of communication to both support practice and staff mental well-being.
quote from Gary Hilton, Headteacher, Berwick St Mary's CE First School