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

improving behaviour.

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.