Wellbeing Award

Wellbeing Award for Schools

We are excited to announce that The Urswick School has signed up to the Wellbeing Award for Schools, developed by Optimus Education in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils. The award will accredit the excellent provision we have in this area already, as well as enabling us to develop these practices where necessary. There are eight objectives against which we will be measured, focusing on our overall commitment, our positive promotion of student and staff wellbeing, our provision in terms of curricular and pastoral support and any necessary interventions we offer.  

The process will also involve student evaluations parental feedback from a sample group of parents.

Tanya Blacksley (Head of Health and Wellbeing) is leading on this work, working closely with Deputy Headteacher Martha Braggins as well as Heads of Learning and the wider staff body.

Click here for information on Staying Safe Online.

Parental Resources

Booklets and information for parents regarding wellbeing and how to ask for help.



Emotional Wellbeing


7 Ways to beat exam stress

Link - https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/jun/08/seven-scientific-ways-beat-panic-exam

Staying safe online

CLICK: The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet

Reference for images - https://www.onlinesafetyalliance.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/combined_parental_guides.pdf

Top tips for supporting a friend 


As the saying goes, the little things make a big difference.


Directory for support

Anxiety UK  www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Beat – the eating disorders charity www.b-eat.co.uk/about-eating-disorders

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Hackney 0208 432 8020

Child Bereavement UK  www.childbereavementuk.org 0800 028 8840

Support and information for families experiencing bereavement

Childline  www.childline.org.uk

A free, confidential helpline for children – 0800 1111.

MindEd  www.minded.org.uk

Provides free, bite-sized chunks of e-learning to help adults to support young people with mental health concerns.

Mindfull  www.mindfull.org

A free, online service for 11-17 year olds and provides self-help, access to Mindfull mentors, and counsellors

The Mix  www.themix.org.uk

Confidential help and support for young people

National Self-Harm Network  www.nshn.co.uk

Offcentre  www.offcentre.org.uk

Counselling, therapy, advice & info for young people

Papyrus - Prevention of young suicide UK www.papyrus-uk.org

Parenting Programmes  www.education.gov.uk/commissioning-toolkit

Samaritans email jo@samaritans.org or call 116 123 (24/7 helpline) If you need to talk to someone without judgement

SelfHarm.co.uk www.selfharm.co.uk

Non-judgemental advice and guidance

Switchboard  www.switchboard.lgbt      or email  chris@switchboard.lgbt

LGBTQ+ helpline

Women’s Aid  www.womensaid.org 0808 2000 247 (24/7 helpline) Supports abused women

Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents

Please see below our stratagies document for the Wellbeing Award 

Stratagies document for Wellbeing Award