How is The Wellbeing Alphabet™ relevant to schools?
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is outlined as a statutory duty for schools in England, and schools teaching the English national curriculum. Relevant policy and legislation includes:
- The Education Act 2002;
- The Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (Statutory Requirement) Bill 2016-17, currently being debated in British Parliament;
- Ofsted guidance and inspection;
- The Independent Schools Inspectorate guidance;
- Department for Education guidance for British Schools Overseas.
Teaching staff have highlighted that The Wellbeing Alphabet™ can support curriculum teaching including:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE);
- British Values.
Teaching Programme and Consultation
The Wellbeing Alphabet™ explores emotional literacy through film, arts and crafts, drama, music and dance. A key feature of the programme is The Wellbeing Alphabet™ DVD, a ten-minute film followed by a series of 29 activities. Each wellbeing word has a child-friendly explanation. For example:
“Aa for able. Able is when you are able to do something, you can do it!”
The Wellbeing Alphabet™ is appropriate for children between the ages of four to nine, and can be taught by parents, teachers and professionals. The Wellbeing Alphabet™ is designed for easy implementation and comprehensive teaching resources and training are integral to the programme. Emotional wellbeing is relevant to all children, hence the programme is a universal resource which promotes a whole-school approach to wellbeing.
In order to ensure validity, The Wellbeing Alphabet™ was developed in consultation with children, parents, schools and professionals including:
- Head Teachers and Teaching staff;
- an Educational Psychologist;
- a Behaviour Support and Play Therapy Specialist;
- a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.