27 April 2020

Local specialist education centre scoops gold standard award

Inclusion Hampshire, a local specialist education provider, have scooped the top award and achieved ‘Gold Status’ as part of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence in Mental Health Awards scheme.

This programme recognises the work undertaken by education establishments to promote and develop mental health and wellbeing throughout their organisation.

Gold status in the highest level awarded, and out of the 800 primary and secondary school registered to take part, Inclusion Hampshire are only the 49th nationally to achieve this.

We are also only the second school in Hampshire to have gained an award.

Head of Post 16 Centre, Marie Greenhalgh was leading on this project for Inclusion Hampshire.

“We are absolutely delighted.  This award is the culmination of all the hard work and effort delivered by the whole team. As a specialist education centre, the mental health and well-being of our learners and staff is at the heart of all that we do.  We have developed a programme of academic, pastoral and skill – enhancing work, tailored to the individual needs of every learner, with an emphasis on emotional well-being and mental health support.  This approach is extremely important to us as an organisation and is extended to learners, their family and support networks and our own staff.   To achieve gold status in recognition of our work by such a highly regarded award scheme is amazing.”

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools aims to strengthen pupils’ mental health by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK’s education system, improving students’ outcomes and life chances.

Professor Damien Page, Dean of Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Education, said: “Achieving this award is not just recognition of a whole-school approach to mental health, it’s a recognition of the school’s commitment to improving the life chances of children.

“We’re truly proud to have worked with Inclusion Hampshire in this vital work and look forward to further collaboration.”

The award was established in 2017 by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools – part of Leeds Beckett University – and social enterprise Minds Ahead.

Inclusion Hampshire Chief Executive Cheryl Edwards couldn’t be happier with the success

“This gold award is a real recognition of the amazing work carried out by the team.  The dedication and support they offer to our learners goes above and beyond expectations – I am so proud that all their hard work has been recognised in receiving this highest possible standard.  We are really looking forward to growing and developing our teaching and support practices to reflect the ethos of this award – continuing to provide the best possible level of mental health and wellbeing support for all our learners and staff.”

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