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Carlton le Willows Academy scoops kitemark award for taking student mental health seriously

A Gedling school’s commitment to supporting mental health issues has been recognised by a prestigious award.

Carlton le Willows Academy is one of the first schools in the country to be awarded a quality standard kitemark in recognition of their commitment to developing the wellbeing of students.

The Bounce Forward Healthy Minds kitemark is only awarded to schools who have successfully implemented and maintained good quality teaching and learning to develop healthy minds.

In recognising the accolade, Lord Richard Layard of the London School of Economics (a leading school for developing healthy minds) said Carlton le Willows was ‘leading the way’, adding: “Your school has committed to an approach that is proven to improve the lives of young people that will be statutory for all schools from September 2020.”

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The award comes in recognition of the school’s Character, Resilience and Wellbeing lessons, which form an established part of the citizenship curriculum and help equip students with skills to cope with obstacles.

Every Year 7 student is taught empirically validated resilience lessons that have been extensively validated by national charity Bounce Forward.

Said Academy Head of Character, Resilience and Wellbeing Mike Tomlinson: “At Carlton le Willows we place education of the whole child at the heart of the curriculum.

“We believe that teaching resilience to our Year 7 students helps them recognise and acknowledge their own strengths and vulnerabilities and learn habits that help them get the most out of any given task as they progress through school.”

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