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Flourishing at School Programme

21st December 2017

Heathfield is very proud to be the first UK school to adopt the Flourishing at School programme.

The Flourishing at School programme is a mental health and wellbeing programme designed to provide preventative mental health assistance to pupils and staff in school. The goal is to keep individuals well, assist to optimise wellbeing, and increase the likelihood that individuals will seek assistance if there is a need.

The programme is based on the work of Dr Martin Seligman, who is currently Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Penn Department of Psychology, and Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania. Commonly known as the founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and 20 books.

Central to Seligman’s theory of positive psychology and well-being is the acronym PERMA. This stands for positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and accomplishment. These five ‘pillars’ of well-being are used within the Flourishing at School programme, which also recognises and adds the physical factors that influence well-being; Sleep, Nutrition and Exercise.

Introducing the Flourishing Profile
As well as PSHE, and Tutor Time, lessons and classroom activities on the aspects of positive mental health and well-being the Flourishing at School programme utilizes an electronic survey, known as the Flourishing Profile.

The Flourishing Profile survey uses a positive psychology approach to assess the degree to which individuals have developed the “pillars” of good mental health to stay well and optimise quality of life. The FP survey is a leading indicator of mental health, useful for proactive wellbeing interventions at both an individual and collective level.

The psychologist responsible for designing the programme, Martin van Schie, came to Heathfield at the end of November to talk to parents and the pupils. His talks and follow up Q&A sessions were well received and he, along with Mr Gale, went on to the HMC Wellbeing working group to discuss the programme with them.

If you would like to find out more about the Flourishing at School programme please visit their website: www.flourishingatschool.com or contact Mr Gale via email jgale@heathfieldschool.net

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