Achievement For All have created programmes to support wellbeing and mental
health for children and young people for nearly a decade and with Covid-19, this conversation
has now come to the forefront. As a leading charitable organisation they want to
ensure that this topic is a priority, with this conversation staying at the top of the
agenda for schools globally. To emphasise this important cause, they have set in
motion their new fundraising campaign “Putting Wellbeing at the Heart of
Learning” . The fund will help create bespoke covid 19 improvement programmes
to run alongside their already successful “Achieving Wellbeing Programme” and
“Coach Led Achieving Wellbeing Programme”.
Integrating children and young people back into education will be a monumental challenge
With schools struggling with providing online support and dealing with challenges
associated with Covid-19, they do not have the resources to create an extensive
programme to help children and young people during this anxious and stressful period. The
schools can now opt into AFA’s wellbeing programmes, expert coaches and online
resources that have already been successful and shown tremendous results on
how emotional wellbeing impacts achievement and success for students. These
programmes have been rolled out in different cities in the UK and internationally
and the organisation are keen to offer these programmes to the wider schools
community to play their part during this difficult time.
These programmes help the education community to understand what they can
do to create an inclusive learning environment that supports and nurtures the
highest possible levels of emotional wellbeing, and thus progress and achieve.
“Working with Achievement for All has enabled St Mary's to develop and
implement an enhanced structure, working across the whole school community
from TA's to governors, enabling myself as a head teacher to build on previous
work to develop opportunities for emotional well-being with a justification that is
evidence based, but recognises the importance and uniqueness of place. The
impact of such an approach is already visible in outcomes for children” said Gary
Hilton, Headteacher at Berwick St Mary's CE School.
The Coach Led Wellbeing Programme covers five core modules:
1- Emotional Wellbeing and Core Strength - explores the critical relationship
between emotional wellbeing and mental health, and the impact these two
factors can have on learning and personal development. The Achievement for All
concept of core strength is also introduced, how it is central to resilience and
personal effectiveness, and its importance in developing lifelong learning
capacity in children and young people.
2 - Making Sense of Behaviours - gives education professionals a deeper insight
into childhood trauma, neglect, attachment issues and the impact these have on
the observed behaviours of children and young people.
3 - In the Classroom - offers a rich seam of developmental tools, strategies and
approaches aimed at transforming the culture and climate of the whole school. It
also explores new ways of developing inclusive classroom practice and
4 - Therapeutic Interventions - includes tools to build cognition, mindfulness
meditations and other emotional wellbeing and mental health strategies, that can
be considered as "next steps" on the achievement through wellbeing journey.
5 - Learning in Family Teams - is dedicated to looked after and previously looked
after children and care leavers and supports Teachers and key staff to identify
and dismantle barriers to progress and work more effectively with other
professionals including Virtual Schools.
The modules are supported by access to their online professional development
portal “The Bubble” to support Teachers and the wider educational community.
Achievement for All has worked with over 5000 schools globally to raise wellbeing and attainment
Achievement for All has been supporting schools globally to embed wellbeing
within their curriculum delivery. Working in partnership with Dwight School in
Seoul, South Korea, they have created a framework for achievement and
wellbeing by reviewing how online learning impacts on the lives of staff and
students with focus on importance to access to technology during this time of
isolation and how parent and carers wellbeing plays a huge part in their child’s learning.
Achievement for All is working on a number of other esteemed projects such as
the partnership with Microsoft on the Immersive Reader Project and with the
European Union on Digital Literacy and Cyber bullying for migrant children.
Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in
partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges to improve outcomes
for all children and young people. AFA Education’s proven ability to accelerate
academic progress closes the gap for all ages and stages, regardless of their
background, challenge or need. AFA Education offers coaching programmes,
step up reviews and regional cpd events to improve achievement and empower
students and educators across the country.