The newsletter is back! Full of wellbeing advice, educational tips, blogs and bits around the internet that we hope will help and support you while you are doing a great job within our schools!
Have you seen Excelwell yet? Do take some time to head over and browse the tools, there’s heaps to see and all created to support your wellness.
If you’re not sure how you’re feeling, try the NHS depression and anxiety self-assessment quiz. We also have links to a selection of videos below to help you…
Blue Monday: 16th January
Some days are that much harder on our mental health than others and Blue Monday is heading our way. Having conversations around mental health can make all the difference to your people, but we know how hard it can be to get them going. That is why we have our Mental Health Advocates to support you when you need it most.
With this in mind, we’ve shared some top tips that will help you feel both confident and comfortable in supporting your team, whatever the day of the year.
5 ways to start a conversation around mental health:
- Ask twice. We know that people often say they’re fine when they’re not. So asking twice is an important way of starting conversations.
- Keep it cool. You don’t have to set aside hours to chat, 10 minutes may be enough, but make sure you aren’t distracted by phones or work – showing you truly care with your attention makes an impact in itself.
- Share and be honest. If you want someone to open up to you it can help them feel safe and understood if you share your own feelings too. Role model the behaviours you’d love to see in others.
- Approach the elephant in the room. If you know that someone has experienced mental illness – maybe they took some time off work recently, or spoke about it in the past – don’t be afraid to ask how they’re doing.
- The importance of YOU! Choosing to talk can make a real difference to someone’s life but it can also bring up difficult things that people may not have spoken about until now. Don’t underestimate the impact this can have on you as the receiver of that information, so protect your mental health by making sure you have the right frameworks in place.
Remember Hazels goal...
ALL our pupils at the end of KS1 to be fluent readers.
Hazel is holding a working party session on th January from 9.30am-12 noon in The Loft, where we can discuss the challenge ahead.
If you are interested in attending and feel you are an innovative please email Hazel once you have checked with your HT that you can be made available. Hazel will provide supply costs for cover if you are in class that time.
Friday Pulse: New Thank you!
Here is a free course that could go towards your CPD
Plus take a look at the CPD resources on our own website. We are adding to it all the time! Check it out here https://cpd.excelsiormat.org/