The Suthers School puts character strengths at its core to ensure pupils grow into happy and healthy adults - Bounce Forward

The Suthers School puts character strengths at its core to ensure pupils grow into happy and healthy adults

The Suthers School first opened in September 2017, a non-selective secondary school serving the communities of Newark and the surrounding areas, known for deprivation. The Suthers School recognises that young people need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths to really thrive in education and the world beyond.

And that pupils with better emotional wellbeing make more progress and are more engaged at school.

They went looking for an evidenced approach and are already seeing the benefits of the Bounce Forward lessons and have been awarded the Healthy Minds Kitemark.

Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, Grace Lordan and Professor of Health Economics, Alistair McGuire from the London School of Economics evaluated Healthy Minds in 35 UK schools to evidence improvements in health, wellbeing and behaviour.

It is now well excepted that physical and emotional health and behaviour of children and teenagers have a big impact on their later lives. These characteristics have been shown to predict work and earnings outcomes in adulthood, as well as long-run psychologival and health outcomes.’  Dr Grace Lordan

Is a timetabled lesson, once a week which they refer to as the Personal Development curriculum. Staff have been trained to provide good quality teaching and learning of the Bounce Forward lessons. This approach not only delivers all of the statutory elements of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education but their vision explained by Andrew Pettit, Head of School as ‘an education that excites and enthuses and one that prepares them for a successful future as global citizens.

They are seeing a positive impact through improved skills and social intelligence. Students get on better with one another because they know each other better. Staff are able to recognise students individual qualities and strengths and are valued as much as their academic ability. This has far reaching benefits.

‘I have had a lot of students stay behind after the lesson wanting to talk to let me know that the lessons are really helping them. They tell me that they are able to help other students or remind them to use their new resilient skills. Jyoti Pettit, Head of PSHE

Jyoti told us when a student comes to you saying ‘I’m really worried about my French test later’, I am able to say ‘Let’s WoBbLe’ (a skill to stop catastrophising). The student is able to apply the knowledge from the lesson right then and there. So there is meaning for them and it helps us (staff) to deal with a real-life situation.

‘I never really understood that people’s emotions might not match up to their facial expressions.’ Student, Suthers School

‘I’m really happy we are learning about this in school because its helping me with my anxiety’  Student, Suthers School

The shift in mentality is taken home and shared with siblings and friends alike. This school, like others implementing Healthy Minds, expects to see longer-term effects, as students of all ages continue to engage with additional Bounce Forward curriculum which will reinforce those character strengths, creating well-rounded, resilient young adults.

Bounce Forward Healthy Minds is easier to implement than ever. Contact us for a 30min free discussion this week.

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  • Which other schools that have achieved the Healthy Minds Kitemark?

    • Barnwell School in Stevenage
    • Carlton le Willows Academy in Nottingham
    • Chancellors School in Brookmans Park
    • Dormers Wells High School in Southall
    • Herne Bay High School in Herne Bay
    • Francis Combe Academy in Watford
    • Greenshaw High School in Sutton
    • Holmer Green Senior School in Buckinghamshire
    • Icknield Community College in Watlington
    • Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead
    • Rickmansworth School in Croxley Green
    • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow
    • St Albans Girls School in St Albans
    • St Augustine Academy in Maidstone
    • St Luke’s Special School in Redbourn
    • St Mary’s Church of England High School in Cheshunt
    • St Michaels Catholic High School in Watford
    • The Leigh Academy in Dartford
    • The Radclyffe School in Oldham

Many more schools are working towards achieving the Kitemark. To find out how to get involved click here to contact us with any questions.

‘I have had a lot of students stay behind after the lesson wanting to talk to let me know that the lessons are really helping them. They tell me that they are able to help other students or remind them to use their new resilient skills. 

Jyoti Pettit

Head of PSHE, The Suthers School

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