TASIS England is delighted to be named as a finalist in the Well-Being category of the Independent Schools of the Year 2020 awards.
Launched in 2018, these awards highlight the excellence of the student experience in independent schools. This year, over 300 schools were entered for consideration in 19 categories. Our selection as one of the 100 shortlisted schools recognizes our commitment to the health and welfare of our students. The winners will be announced during a virtual event on Thursday, October 8, at 3 p.m.
Jason Tait, Director of Pastoral Care And Designated Safeguarding Lead, said, "To reach the final stages of this important and prestigious award is a testament to our continued dedication to student well-being. We are hugely honored to be considered for this prestigious award."
At TASIS England, student well-being is guided by the principle:
“Humans are at their best when they are challenged. Our purpose is to challenge students to reach their potential. We are, therefore, a fertile place to teach and live the skills and habits required to flourish in the face of the challenges that a TASIS education and future life will provide.”
To this end, we launched a three-year “Flourishing Plan” in 2019 to develop a wide range of initiatives::
Student Voice program: helping students engage in and develop their well-being.
The Student Voice partnered with TASIS England to develop a contextual Safeguarding information-sharing tool that provides opportunities for student peer group engagement to develop a more robust school culture. The Student Voice also gives students a platform to share information about how safe they feel on campus and in the local area through interactive maps. In addition, we created a specific reporting tool that allows students to express concerns while in their online home learning environment, which is unique in the UK.
Wellness Center*: providing access to dedicated spaces on campus to allow time for reflection, prayer, meditation, or quiet time.
Opened in April 2019, this facility serves as part of our holistic approach to promoting and supporting the well-being of our students, who can also participate in an array of school-funded wellness activities from meditation and mindfulness classes to fitness and nutritional advice programs.
Our annual “Flourishing Schools” survey: a school-wide initiative designed to inform our approach to our students’ well-being.
Mindfulness courses: currently offered to faculty and staff; we are looking to offer to students during the course of the academic year.
Mindfulness and well-being tips: shared each week through our newsletters for faculty and staff.
TASIS England is currently creating a “Flourishing Team” for each section of the School – Lower, Middle, Upper, and Boarding. Our Well-being Leads will be trained and qualified individuals whose priorities will include auditing our well-being provision across the School and designing additional initiatives to promote a flourishing culture for students, faculty, and staff.
The “Flourishing Plan” is underpinned by the ongoing care provided by TASIS England’s Health Center. Committed to the health and well-being of each student, three full-time, fully qualified nurses provide medical service every day and can be contacted at any time in an emergency. The nurses also work closely with our School Counselors. Boarding students can book appointments with a doctor who comes to campus regularly or with local dentists, orthodontists, and physiotherapists. The Health Center’s four en-suite bedrooms accommodate any boarding students whose illness requires closer monitoring.
* This facility is temporarily closed to provide additional "isolation space" if required for any boarding students who are unwell.