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Article by Editorial | 20th March 2019

Why Pupils’ Mental Well Being Is ‘Job Number One’

“Supporting pupils’ mental wellbeing is fundamentally ‘job no 1’ as nobody can learn and succeed if they don’t have emotional health,” says Andrew Webster, Headmaster at The Mead School, Tunbridge Wells, adding: “If a child walks into a learning environment with the wrong mindset then even the most outstanding provision becomes redundant,“This philosophy has been at the heart of my leadership since taking the helm at The Mead. We have increased our timetabled Personal, Social and Emotional education and we champion a ‘Growth Mindset’ culture where children embrace challenge and lose the fear of failure.

“Being a small school under one roof we have a level of care that permeates throughout the building and it is the first intangible commented upon by most prospective parents.

“No policy or initiative can replace the most vital things you can give to children to support their mental health and development, your time and respect. At The Mead they have both in bucket loads.”

• The Mead Open Day is on Thursday 28th February. Call 01892 525387 or visit themeadschool.co.uk

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