Our teaching staff recently took part in a highly valuable two-day Wellbeing INSET programme. Dr Dominique Thompson, multi award winning GP and national mental health expert, started the day as our keynote speaker, with a session titled “Degrees of Sanity - the mental health of students in 2023”. She delivered a fascinating insight into her experience as a front-line GP and her subsequent research into the more recent behaviours the medical profession has seen by children and young adults and gave her professional opinion on how we can best support them as a school.
Day one continued with a number of different workshops, including sessions on navigating grief and eating disorders. On day two, teachers were given the option to take part in different wellbeing workshops, such as; getting the most out of shy and introverted pupils, organisational wellbeing, how to start the day the right way, creating outdoor wellbeing spaces and having a healthy voice, the aim of which is to further improve our teacher's ability to support pupil wellbeing. Some of the sessions also provided some wellbeing activities for our teachers, such as a group meditation session, Eco sensory therapy and a creative cookery challenge!
Ms Zoe King, Deputy Head (Pastoral), organised the Wellbeing INSET; "It is so important that we continue to put the wellbeing of our pupils and staff at the top of the agenda. Having a focussed wellbeing INSET day allowed us to provide our teachers with some valuable tools to further support our pupils, at the same time as offering them some sessions to support their own wellbeing."
Find out more about wellbeing at RHS here: Wellbeing at RHS