The Crypt School's Rising Aspirations and Well-being Programme
The Crypt School has made the decision to launch a course in happiness and well-being for our year 7 and year 8 students. This course is currently being delivered at pioneering educational institutions in the private sector with much success.
Our course aims to promote the growth and excellence of our young people at The Crypt School. Instead of focusing on solely managing existing problems, we aim to concentrate on how our students might capitalise on their human resources and make the best of their potential. This course will help students channel their emotions and enhance their aspirations.
Well-being is defined by the Government Office for Science Foresight Report as “a dynamic state, in which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others, and contribute to their community. It is enhanced when an individual is able to fulfil their personal and social goals and achieve a sense of purpose in their society.”
Scientific research has shown that the aspirations underpinning a child's development can strongly influence their future. At The Crypt School, we endeavour to build an environment in which high expectations and aspirations are a constant. Previous academic research has proven that becoming involved in challenging and absorbing activities is important to people's ability to cope better with life. The Crypt School strives to offer its pupils a wide range of such activities.
Learning to manage the successes and failures present in the learning process, inside and outside school, is of vital importance in young people's development. Having a better understanding of how to increase the likelihood of happiness with life, and how to channel the emotional pains of set-backs en route, are the sorts of skills that can substantially improve an individual's progress.
Our course is based on 6 elements which serve to promote well-being:
Physical health – diet, exercise, free time…
Positive relationships – bullying, friendship, internet usage, institutions…
Perspective – developing a psychological immune system…
Engagement – resilience, perseverance, hurdles of learning...
The world - living sustainably, understanding of the environment, conflicts...
Meaning and purpose - value of life, philosophic values, spirituality, our worth…
In the first 2 years at the school, all students receive the equivalent of 1 hour per fortnight of well-being lessons in addition to PSHE lessons. Each lesson presents a skill that students can employ to enhance their well-being, from advice on getting more sleep to complex cognitive methods for dealing with adversity. The course aims to increase students’ emotional resilience, happiness and raise their aspirations.