In today’s educational climate where the pressure is on towards efficiency and achievement in the teaching and learning of literacy and maths, what is the role of school staff in promoting student well-being and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development or social and emotional learning?
The teaching of non-cognitive skills such as values, character, emotional intelligence and growth-mindset are intrinsically linked to the promotion of happiness, well-being and social inclusivity. While the ever-increasing role of safeguarding and promoting social and emotional well-being for all is a key component of staff responsibility and crucial to success at school, tackling the mental health problems of students can present more difficulties and challenges and yet there is a fundamental link between the two.
Ensuring pupil well-being and instilling in students the sense of purpose that can develop a growth mindset necessary to motivate and to ensure dedication and hard work, can only be successful if schools not only have a clear awareness of the extent and nature of mental health problems in children and young people, but also that they understand their role in the response. Read our article to find out how focusing on mental health and a happy school environment can go a long way towards promoting effective learning.