HeadStart Wolverhampton staff have been awarded accreditation from the PSHE Association for developing a teaching resource designed to support wellbeing in children.

The team from the City of Wolverhampton Council created the Wellbeing Tooklit for schools to use with Upper Key Stage 2 pupils.

Duncan Barratt, HeadStart Wolverhampton Mental Health and Wellbeing Navigator, developed the programme and said: “To gain accreditation from the PSHE Association is an enormous achievement. 

“It is something to be very proud of as the Wellbeing Toolkit is now recognised as a resource that can be used by schools not just in Wolverhampton, but also nationally, to enhance the wellbeing of young people.”

The toolkit includes a range of useful resources for schools including a combination of lesson plans, Powerpoint presentations and teacher guidance documents.  

Delivered through a series of 6 lessons that include a range of wellbeing issues and tackles the stigma of mental health, the toolkit equips young people with the skills and tools to enhance their own wellbeing. 

Councillor Mike Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Mental health and wellbeing is an incredibly important topic in school and to be able to equip teachers and pupils with such a valuable resource is a fantastic achievement. 

“The team at HeadStart Wolverhampton worked hard to create the Wellbeing Toolkit and receive this prestigious PSHE accreditation and in doing so have shown their commitment to delivering the very best for young people both locally and nationally.”

The PSHE Association is the national body for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. It supports a network of over 50,000 practitioners with teaching resources, guidance, advice and training.
The resources will be available nationally as part of a new website being launched by the PSHE Association. 

HeadStart Wolverhampton is working to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of 10 to 16 year olds by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life. To find out more, search for @HeadStartFM on Facebook and Twitter.