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Falkirk High School - Health and Wellbeing Provision
Falkirk High School - Health and Wellbeing Provision
Falkirk High School has heavily invested in our pupil’s overall health by appointing a Principle Teacher of Wellbeing. Since being appointed we have introduced a new health and wellbeing model to provide targetted and universal support to our pupil’s.
Our new health and wellbeing provision was implemented based around 5 factors of health: - How we Eat - How we Sleep - How we Exercise - How we Think (Mental Health) - The Relationships we have with others This model underpins the SHANARRI indicators, with a rationale of improving pupil understanding of the the 5 areas that can enhance their overall health. Several interventions have been implemented, all linked to the 5 factors: - Whole school HWB questionnaire - 5 factors lessons - HWB website developed - HWB Instagram established - Targetted support groups - HWB S6 mentoring group - HWB staff ambassadors - HWB appointments - Mental health seminars - LinkLiving
5 Factors of Health Model Our new health and wellbeing model was first launched during virtual school assemblies and our pupil entitlement period, using the videos attached at the bottom of this page. On return to school we raised awareness of the 5 factors of health by displaying posters around the school. Questionnaire In order to get a better picture of the school’s overall health and wellbeing, a HWB questionnaire was distributed that gave each pupil a health score. This combined with conversations with our pastoral support team allowed us to provide targetted group and individualised support to pupils. The questionnaire gave pupils a score out of 80, 15 for each factor with an additional 5 points for an overarching question. Targetted Support S1 & S2 Targetted Support: From the questionnaire data and subsequent discussions with head of house, we then identified a small number of pupils who required immediate support in S1 & S2. These pupils were extracted from curricular subjects once a week to undertake a 6 week programme of work focusing on the 5 factors and creating healthy habits. After the 6 weeks the questionnaire was redistributed and qualitative data was gathered to measure the impact. S6 HWB Mentors: Prior to the S1&S2 targetted support groups there was an S6 mentoring programme taking place, with the intention of allocating an S6 Mentor to each pupil in the S1 & S2 groups. The S6 mentoring programme involved 11 pupils who were identified either by having a low health score in the whole school questionnaire or through involvement in the pupils senior management team (PSMT). The rationale behind this was that if pupils with low health scores were able to improve their own wellbeing they would be able to offer the best support to other pupils within the school. Furthermore, by involving some of the PSMT this would give the support credibility to all pupils involved. Pupils followed a similar 6 week health and wellbeing block for 1 period per week based around the 5 Factors of Health (Eating, Sleep, Relationships, Exercise and Thinking – mental health). They were also taken through how to implement healthy habits into their daily life. All of the content was delivered in a way that would inform them of how to support other pupils on a 1 to 1 basis. Individualised Support Throughout the year individual pupils have been offered support on an ad-hoc basis. This has been through either identification in the HWB questionnaire and/or by being referred on by head of house. However, there was a quick realisation that we needed more staff to our support pupils wellbeing. As a result, the HWB staff ambassadors were formed. Twenty staff have taken up the opportunity to support our pupils through an appointments based system. All staff have completed either online mental health training or the mental health first aid course. The hwb ambassadors selected which lunchtimes they would be available to offer support and pupils were then able to select an teacher using the appointments page on our website (instructional video below). Pupils are then given specific support relating to the factors of health they are finding most difficult. Follow up appointments can then be arranged to monitor and support pupils progress.
We believe that the 5 Factors of Health Model has increased pupil awareness of how to enhance their overall wellbeing. This was evident when launching our instagram and website which had over 2,000 views within a 28 day period. Targetted Support: S1 & S2 Targetted Support: To measure the impact of the targetted support groups the HWB questionnaire was redistributed. ▪ Findings indicated on average a 6 point increase in health scores in the S1 group and a 1 point increase in health scores in the S2 group. ▪ On a scale from 1 (not useful) to 5 (very useful) 14/15 pupils scored either 3 or higher when asked if they found the health and wellbeing block useful ▪ S1 scores for exercise, thinking (mental health), sleep and eating all increased. ▪ S2 scores for eating and relationships increased Further investigation into whether using S6 mentors for each individual pupil would enhance these positive outcomes will be carried out with future groups. S6 HWB Mentors: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions the pupils have not been able to offer 1 to 1 support to their peers. However, feedback from the S6 health and wellbeing mentors has demonstrated it helped them improve their own wellbeing by implementing healthy habits: ▪ “I have been making positive change to my sleeping which is helping me a lot” ▪ “I am more aware of giving myself a break and time to relax” ▪ “The advice given in the sleep section allowed me to make positive changes” ▪ “Started completing a mindfulness exercise before I go to bed”. ▪ “Tracked how much water i drank daily and started drinking more water” Furthermore, the positive effects of the programme is reinforced by the quantitative data from the post intervention wellbeing questionnaire. Results show an increase of 3.78 in overall health score and with substantial increases for exercise and sleep. Pupils average rating for the usefulness of the mentoring programme as a 4.5 out of 5. Individualised Support: The individualised HWB ambassadors support is still in its infancy. However, pupils who have been offered support by our staff have improved their wellbeing through guidance/advice and referrals on for further support, such as being referred to our school counsellor. Some anecdotal evidence from one pupil highlights improved health and wellbeing outcomes: “My sleeping schedule have been improving. It was helpful as it changed my sleeping schedule and what I liked about it is there is different ways to help with the sleep” The health and wellbeing provision at Falkirk High School has been an ever evolving model and we will continuously strive to meet the diverse needs of the pupils at our school.