Trinity School and College in Rochester has been invited to join a round table discussion with MPs, Ofsted and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to discuss good practice in strategies to create an anti-bullying culture in Education.
The School, which supports learners with speech, language and communication needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism, already holds an nationally recognised BIG award (Bullying Intervention Group) in recognition for its ongoing work around anti-bullying, and will now work with the Commission on setting guidance for all UK Schools.
The news comes a day after the School & College received notification that they had also been invited to become a Department for Education ‘Champion’ for mental health provision, meaning they will help to encourage and inspire other schools and colleges and inform Government policy in this important area too.
Executive Head Teacher Mrs Elizabeth Baines said, “We are formally accredited by AcSEED; an initiative which recognises schools that adopt best practices to support the emotional wellbeing of its students, we hold a BIG award and now have the chance to help shape future Government policy in this important area. It’s fantastic to know that other schools and colleges will follow suit.
“Our students, many of whom suffer with anxiety linked to their specific learning needs, benefit from working with our Emotional Wellbeing team who support learners on a one to one basis, or in small groups.
“We offer mindfulness, counselling, coaching and mentoring, and our statistics show that the physical, social and emotional environment in which our staff and students work positively impacts on their mental health and emotional wellbeing and improves their engagement and attendance levels.”