60-Second CPD: School Values For Pupil Wellbeing

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Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for...
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How can schools create a set of values to support pupil wellbeing?

School leaders undoubtedly have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of staff and pupils at their school. This core duty requires ongoing reflection and action that puts people first …

Common values

The following common values can be used as a starting point to support wellbeing:

1. Resilience: encouraging pupils to face challenges with optimism will help them overcome potential issues
2. Respect and kindness: encouraging pupils to respect themselves and others is key for good mental health
3. Diversity: accepting and celebrating differences can help pupils to accept themselves and others
4. Friendship: helping pupils to foster connections with peers and staff helps everyone feel supported and valued
5. Appreciation: when we have gratitude and celebrate the good things, we understand the value of everyday life
6. Optimism: teaching pupils to be positive, schools can help to reduce negative emotions that can lead to depression
7. Honesty: promoting honesty lets pupils know that they can speak openly about their feelings, without judgement.

Further support

If a child is experiencing mental health issues or mental illness, they will require additional professional support. When someone is facing a setback, saying things like ‘be more resilient’ or ‘be more optimistic’ is simply unhelpful.

Why values matter

Your school values should weave through every part of the school; by the time pupils leave, these values should be embedded. Make sure the values you teach are valuable!

School values are often inherited as leaders, staff and pupils come and go. Do the school values represent your current cohort? If not, revamp your values by asking all stakeholders for their views.


3 thoughts on “60-Second CPD: School Values For Pupil Wellbeing

  1. I truly believe practicing good values in education is critical to all students, teachers, staff and families. Two values that you mention are resilience and honesty really stand out to me. I believe that when students feel comfortable with he school and they face obstacles, it is much easier to maintain resiliency in order to overcome any issues. Honesty goes a long way in the classroom not just between teacher and student but also between students well. With the recent shooting in Texas, this could create some panic for other schools mainly with the security of the campuses. It will interesting to see how much school districts value security in the near future.

    1. Thanks for your insight Daniel. We certainly need to ensure that these traits are explicitly taught in our schools. It is our hope in the UK that further funding can be found for earlier intervention for any troubled students facing difficulties. Hopefully the USA are able to do the same.

      1. Lynn,
        Early intervention is key. I can foresee many new policy’s on school security coming up for our next school year. I wish I had the right answer on school security.

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