North Halifax Grammar School to offer mental health initiatives

The North Halifax Grammar School-employer-2015

EXCLUSIVE: North Halifax Grammar School in West Yorkshire is to roll out mental health and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

The scheme, provided by mental health and wellbeing training organisation Worth-It Projects, will offer mental wellbeing coaching and training to staff.

The programme is open to all 60 teaching staff at the school and so far all employees have registered to participate.

The school also offers all staff continuing professional development (CPD) training on mental health and resilience, a staff wellbeing working group which meets regularly and formulates policy and feeds into the school’s evaluations.

Dave Wood, assistant headteacher at North Halifax Grammar School, said: “We are concerned about the wellbeing of staff in the school, and we are aware that there are workload issues for many members of staff and that a healthy work-life balance is important.

‚ÄúRaising awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing among employees has a knock-on effect as they are able to pass this onto students. It is vital to avoid mental health becoming a taboo and stigmatised in the workplace.‚ÄĚ

A further 17 schools are also set to implement mental health initiatives based on mental wellbeing coaching and training for staff.

These include: Ashby School, Ashmount and Encompass Teaching School, Charnwood College, De lisle Academy, Ecclesbourne School, Groby College, Hastings High, Hind Leys Community College, King Edward VII Academy, Limehurst Academy, Loughborough College, New College Leicester, Rawlins Academy, Ripley Academy, Shepshed High School, Springwell Academy and Wreake Valley Academy