Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT) is investing in an exciting new initiative to assess the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and parents. Six LAAT schools have chosen to take part in a year-long pilot project which is being run in partnership with Bounce Together, an online mental health and wellbeing survey platform specially designed for schools. The six member schools participating in the pilot are: Canon Peter Hall, Horbling Brown’s, Spalding Parish, St Peter’s, Ulceby St Nicholas, and William Lovell.
Although LAAT already conducts its own mental health and wellbeing surveys across member schools, the Bounce Together software provides online access to the largest repository of validated and tested wellbeing questionnaires and measures spanning 12 categories. This valuable new resource, which also provides powerful, instant reporting, will enable the Trust to generate more detailed and consistent data on this important issue.
Jayne Carter, one of LAAT’s School Effectiveness Advisers, is spearheading the project and is working closely with the Bounce Together team to arrange initial training and onboarding sessions for those taking part. The Trust’s Head of HR, Laura Lowe, is also involved in the project, as is Data Manager, Iqbal Hussain.
Jayne Carter says the project reflects the Trust’s strong commitment to promote positive mental health and resilience within its schools – and not only among the children. She comments: “Working with Bounce Together we can launch surveys for pupils, staff and parents simultaneously and even develop a personalised plan to suit a particular class or year group, for example.” From an HR perspective, Laura sees the project as an ideal opportunity to review and update the Trust’s existing staff wellbeing policies based on new data, while Iqbal will bring his professional expertise to survey data collection and analysis.
Once the project is up and running Jayne will visit the six schools on a regular basis to see how they are getting on with the Bounce Together software and provide any additional support they may need. At the end of the year-long pilot LAAT will evaluate the collated reflections and impact data to decide if the project should be rolled out to all member schools.
To complement this initiative Jayne is also organising a ‘Leading a Mentally Healthy School’ conference for LAAT’s senior leadership teams and staff responsible for mental health and wellbeing in all 20 member schools. The agenda for the two-day event will include exploring this subject at a strategic level, as well as how ethos flows into policy and putting policy into practice.