The Educate Awards’ brand new award category, the Mental Health & Wellbeing Award, will be sponsored by Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP).
LLP is the organisation that holds together the family of schools across all sectors in the city.
From nurseries to further education, it is focused on making sure all learners are supported and enabled to fulfil their potential.
LLP is no stranger to the Awards, having been a sponsor since 2017. With its ongoing work to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people, this new award category was the perfect fit for them.
Elaine Rees, CEO at Liverpool Learning Partnership, said: “Over the past few years we have invested time and energy into ‘Whole School Approaches to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing’. Our wide ranging report on the current offer in schools has acted as a springboard to a raft of training across the schools in the city.
“For example, every secondary school [in Liverpool] now has at least one MHFA (Metal Health First Aid) champion and ROAR was developed for primary schools to train staff to support pupil wellbeing.”
As a result of LLP’s fantastic work, a bid was submitted for Trailblazer status, which was first identified in the government’s ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ green paper in 2017.
Elaine added: “We were successful in securing this bid which will mean the establishment of three Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in the city. This is a great example of partnership working between education, health and the third sector and will make a difference to early support for pupils, particularly in primary schools.
“We are therefore delighted to sponsor this new award – the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award at the Educate Awards 2019.
“So many of our schools are doing so much to support this vital area of work and we want to celebrate their achievements and their ongoing commitment to making things better for the pupils in their care.”
The Mental Health & Wellbeing Award will be open to both primary and secondary schools across the region and recognise schools that are effectively tackling mental health issues among pupils and staff.
The award will focus on the long-term culture of a school and those with an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Entries must show provision and interventions available for pupils and staff, a commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life and can include views from parents, pupils and teachers.
Read more about our new Mental Health & Wellbeing Award, here.
How to enter
We have 21 categories celebrating every aspect of the school life, as well as teachers and support staff.
Why not take a look at our award categories here?
Submitting an entry is so easy and completely free.
Head over to our online entry form and in no more than 750 words tell us why you tick all of the boxes in the category criteria.