This week we have partnered up with exciting health and wellbeing experts Bouncetogether.

Mental wellbeing is of particular importance to children and young people as it is thought to influence the way in which an individual copes with key life events such as stress, trauma and physical ill-health.

It is proven that children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural, social and school wellbeing, on average have higher levels of academic achievement and are more engaged in their learning. This aside, the evidence shows that happier people not only perform better in school but that they also have healthier relationships, are more successful and live longer! When children learn to look after their own mental health it can help them boost their resilience, self-esteem and confidence. Mindfulness techniques can help settle, feel calm enabling children to positively engage in their education… Unsurprisingly, these are some of the reasons that schools tell us that a robust wellbeing and mental health strategy is so important and a crucial part of our everyday lives.
 
In a school environment, it’s really important to collect routine outcome data to assess the impact of the effectiveness of your school’s wellbeing and mental health strategy so you know it’s making the right difference. The DfE explain why: “In order to quantify, compare and map any change within a population’s mental wellbeing we must first be able to measure it. An individual’s own perspective of their mental wellbeing is crucial. This raises particular issues when looking at the mental wellbeing of children and young people”.
 
So how can this be done? This is where BounceTogether can help…
 
BounceTogether is a software tool designed to help schools continually monitor/measure the emotional wellbeing of pupils and staff using digital questionnaires. Specifically, this gives you a simple/quick way of surveying your whole school to take a temperature check, helping you understand whether the changes you are making are having the right impact.
 
The results of these surveys are available for you in real-time, via an online portal accessible to teachers in school providing you with immediate results that can be shared with governors/ofsted/used for school improvement planning etc.
 
This can be a really effective tool for those in charge of the school’s wellbeing strategy to give you information/evidence to make informed decisions and help pinpoint those in need of additional support.

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