Dagenham primary school named as a School of Excellence for mental wellbeing

A Dagenham primary school has been named as a Thrive School of Excellence for the role it plays in supporting the wellbeing of its pupils in order to help prevent mental health issues.

Hunters Hall Primary School was named as a School of Excellence after going through a rigorous assessment process with Thrive®, an organisation that trains teachers and other education professionals to support the social and emotional development of all children.

The award recognises extraordinary schools which are making a positive impact on their pupils, and on the wider community, by prioritising emotional wellbeing and creating an environment in which children’s wellbeing thrives.

Co-headteacher Michael Kaitell said: “As school leaders, we have got to finely-balance meeting the needs of the children, providing a high-quality education and achieving national expectations, whilst remaining accountable to parents and carers, our governing body, the local authority and Ofsted.

“With the Thrive Approach® we are able to measure progress in ways other aspects of the curriculum are not measured. This focus on pastoral development is hugely important to our ethos and vision. We have seen first-hand the impact that Thrive has had on children, their families and the staff at our school due to awareness of attachment, neuroscience and behaviour as a means of communication and play. We are proud to be a School of Excellence and will continue to ensure that everyone thrives.”

The School of Excellence award is the highest level of achievement in Thrive’s Ambassador Schools scheme, which was launched last year.

Mick Ferris

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