5 Ways to Wellbeing – An Introduction for the SLT

5 ways to wellbeing
5 Ways to Wellbeing – An introduction for the SLT. Find all the information you need to implement the 5 ways of wellbeing in your primary school.

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What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is described as a sustainable state of mood, attitude, resilience and satisfaction within yourself and the relationships you create. Wellbeing focuses on five ways to wellbeing areas:

Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give

Students’ wellbeing impacts on their learning due to emotional and behavioural difficulties. This can lead many pupils to feel detached, unresponsive or reluctant to participate and become disruptive.

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Implementing Wellbeing Within Primary Schools


Connect is measured on the strength of relationships with others by creating a supportive and warm environment and a sense of belonging within a school. 

Promoting a safe and positive atmosphere is at the heart of a school environment – it goes beyond the classroom. The real change needs to be reinforced by what is modelled within the school community, embedding a culture of respect and gender equality across the entire educational society. This relationship based approach leads to positive impacts on students’ mental health, classroom behaviour and relationships between teachers and students.

  •  Think about the aims to be achieved and the best model of practice to make your ethos attainable. One that values all individuals and promotes respect and communication between students, teachers, parents and carers. 
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  • Training in resilience using Bounce Together a wellbeing survey to monitor attitudes and mental wellbeing between pupils, staff and parents

Be Active  

It is well-known fact that exercise and physical activity can aid in maintaining good behavioural and physical health. Many children within Key Stages do not get the recommended amount of  moderate to vigorous exercise per day (60 mins)

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  • Holding events within the school community like walk 2 school campaigns, or the Daily Mile have researched results in promoting children’s mood, attention and fitness. 

Take Notice

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Take Notice is all about getting pupils to pay more attention to present moments, thoughts, feelings and to the world around. While also, investing time in creating an environment where pupils and staff can talk about mental health openly.

Some ideas of implementing this within a primary school are:

  • Guide tutors on how to refer at-risk children  
  • Assemblies, posters and form lessons to promote ways in which students can access advice and support openly
  • Secret Helpers – an exercise to help pupils to understand how to take notice, in and outside of the classroom, simply by observing the emotions of others and asking if they need help, if they look upset, ask if they are okay and other random acts of kindness.  Teachers and parents can keep a record of pupils taking notice and discuss
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Keep Learning

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  • Keep learning fundamentals are being curious, seeking out new experiences and stimulating the brain.

While students are at school it’s expected that they will broaden their knowledge and skill set. Weaving wellbeing throughout the curriculum is perfect with aims, resources and guidelines provided to all staff. 

  • To aid in implementing wellbeing within your school curriculum, refer to the new guidelines for PSHE/RSE set out by the government. 


Carrying out acts of kindness, increases happiness and life satisfaction. A number of studies have shown that giving has an in-built affect on our attitude and outlook. Evidence from neuroscience suggests that giving stimulates the ‘reward’ area of our brain, meaning that we instinctively experience good feelings when we give to others.

  • Create a checklist for students with specific tasks that are carrying out acts of kindness, for example: holding open a door for teachers, letting someone go in front in the queue, saying please and thank you etc. 
  • Bake sales and charity events are a way for the school and local community to come together in support of a good cause developing understanding for children the concept of the knock-on effect of giving to others and being kind.

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