This accessible resource presents guidelines for creating an emotionally and socially healthy school and offers case studies that illustrate how good practice improves behavior and promotes inclusion.

Getting Started: A Whole-School Approach

Getting started: A whole-school approach

This chapter sets out practical strategies for promoting emotional and social development in schools. It explores;

  • The importance of a whole-school approach
  • Supporting staff emotional health and well-being
  • Effective policy development
  • Participation of children and young people
  • Partnerships with the range of community partners

To be effective and have the maximum impact, the promotion of emotional health and well-being needs to be seen as a whole-setting issue, where policies, procedures and all those in an institution work towards the same goal. The National Healthy Schools Programme has identified 10 elements for the development of an effective whole-school approach (NHSS, 2004):

  • Leadership, management and managing change
  • Policy development
  • Curriculum planning and resourcing
  • Teaching and learning
  • Culture and environment
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