Carnegie School of Mental Health Award

Presentation to staff and Governors on the School Mental Health Award

We are delighted to share with you that Smarden Primary and Nursery School has chosen to work towards being accredited with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Award. 

Carnegie School of Education based at Leeds Beckett University and Minds Ahead CIC have developed the School Mental Health Award to give schools and academies a framework for whole school mental health development. 

The School Mental Health Award is an assessment tool to evaluate current practices and initiatives within our school. It enables us to closely evaluate the overall mental health and wellbeing support and strategies that exist at Smarden, whilst also helping to improve the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff, improve outcomes for pupils and improve the recruitment and retention of staff across the school. 

The award aims to:  

  • Improve our overall school environment to strengthen the mental health of pupils, staff, and parents.  
  • Reduce the risks of future mental health difficulties impacting on the future lives of pupils.  
  • Enable and enhance the full potential of all pupils.  
  • Ensure we are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines.  
  • Provide a developmental framework so we can make realistic improvements in the mental health of our pupils, staff, and community.

The Impact of Achieving the Award:

Achieving this award will demonstrate our commitment to:  

  • Providing a culture and environment that maximises pupils’ academic attainment and staff job satisfaction. 
  • Improving pupils’ and staff self-confidence, self-awareness, resilience, and emotional intelligence.
  • Building a stronger society and enabling better futures for pupils by reducing the risk that mental ill-health brings later in life.  
  • Reducing bullying, discrimination, violence and enhancing conflict resolution skills.
  • Promoting social inclusion, equality, diversity, dignity, and respect.  
  • Improving recruitment and retention of high-quality staff.

The award is based on eight key competencies, each with a series of KPI statements, that we will use to self-evaluate our school’s practice.

The eight competencies are:

  •  Leadership and strategy
  •  Organisational structure and culture – staff
  •  Organisational structure and culture – pupils
  •  Support for staff
  •  Professional development and learning
  •  Support for pupils
  •  Working with parents and carers
  •  Working with external services

We would welcome expressions of interest from parents/carers who would like and are able to work with us more closely though a parent/carer group which will focus on the competencies of the award.

If you would like further information about joining the group, please contact Mrs Miller by email/phone - or 01233 770316.

We look forward to sharing how we, as a community, are further developing our practices in relation to mental health and wellbeing over the coming months. Further information about the award can be found on the Leeds Beckett University website;