Our goal is that Plaistow Primary School and Children’s Centre is a joyful, inclusive and fulfilling place to learn, work and develop as a leader of learning. At our school we look out for each other and look after one another. At Plaistow, everyone’s ideas are welcomed, valued and listened to.
As a school, we understand that by looking after and valuing the wellbeing of our team, we are in turn positively impacting the children in our care.
By explicitly prioritising the mental, physical and emotional health of our staff, we are also modelling to our children the importance of, and the strategies needed, to stay healthy, happy and well.
Our curriculum drivers are joy, aspiration and creativity. We always ensure that the decisions we make at our school are in line with these values. We understand that these values are not just for children, but all in the school community, including our dedicated staff team.
Wellbeing is a state of complete physical and mental health characterised by high-quality social relationships.
Emotional Health is about how we think and feel. It is about our sense of wellbeing, our ability to cope with life events and how we acknowledge our own emotions as well as those of others.
Mental Health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to their community (World Health Organisation 2014).
To support and encourage the wellbeing of our dedicated and talented staff team we:
- Prioritise staff mental health
- Listen to our team when they ask for help or we notice they may need support
- Give staff the tools and strategies needed to take responsibility for their own well-being
- Develop leaders at all levels so that our team knows how to support and encourage the wellbeing of others
- Give leaders access to the tools and resources they need to support the wellbeing of those they line manage
- Ensure we encourage a staff voice in decision-making
- Drive down unnecessary workload
- Have a commitment to staff professional development and career progression