Wellbeing through Community Schools

Wellbeing through Community Schools

How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Empower communities to involve young people, parents and members of the community in more shared ownership of schools and facilities. Seven examples 1. Strengthen pastoral arrangements in schools to give all pupils a safe, dignified appreciation of their personal value as contributors to community. 2. Improve the attractiveness and quality of the school environments and openness to all stakeholders, including aesthetics, social and natural areas. 3. Offer more choices to learn, to have 'voice' and an entitlement for volunteering for civic purpose 4. Appreciate and value diversity and the contribution of all ages, gender, ethnicity, culture and additional needs to the community. 5. Support parental roles in education and enhance the notion of parenthood as the primacy of children's well-being and education 6. Expand the contribution of community, social enterprise, collaboration in housing and social networks. 7. Use Affirmative Enquiry across all stakeholders to assure quality. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Wellbeing is not a quick fix. It requires a multi-level approach and strategic thinking. Sir Patrick Geddes noted that Wellbeing was improved by living in pleasanter surroundings e.g. window boxes and paint! We also know now through Fiona Duncan's work, social networking is critical for health and happiness. Schools, and hence education, can lead on Wellbeing, giving value to family life, and meaning and purpose (an antidote to depression) through civic responsibility.


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