Tanglin's Mission Statement talks about learners who can contribute to the world 'with confidence' and who are 'happy and successful'. We want our students to be ready for whatever the next stage of life's journey has in store for them; equipped with both the knowledge and skills not only to survive, but to thrive.
We promote wellbeing as a whole school community commitment that is based on the “PERMAH” and “Five Ways to Wellbeing” models for flourishing. These models form the framework for our holistic Lifeskills curriculum programme across the School.
The PERMAH model identifies six, equally important, aspects of wellbeing:
- Positive emotions
- Meaning and purpose
The Five Ways to Wellbeing model gives five actions that can build and enhance wellbeing:
- Be active
- Take notice
- Keep learning.
We aim for all members of our community to be able to flourish during their time at
Tanglin and long after they leave.
Our key strategies for promoting and protecting student wellbeing are delivered through our excellent Pastoral Care (student welfare) teams, our Lifeskills curriculum and our Coordinated Wellbeing Services team.
An outstanding feature of Tanglin is the supportive relationships that exist between students and staff, and among the students themselves.
We are very proud of the excellent care, guidance and support we offer. On leaving Tanglin, students and their families consistently comment on the tremendous help and encouragement they received from their peers and our dedicated teachers.
Ongoing relationships with teachers, the close personal attention given to students by specialist staff, and a well-structured system of pastoral care, mean that our knowledge of each student's abilities and aptitudes is exceptional. This enables us to provide all students with personalised academic and pastoral support which is a key ingredient in their high levels of achievement.
Much important learning is 'caught' during our formative years as we learn how to act in different situations from role models. However, much can also be taught, beyond traditional academic subjects.
'Lifeskills' is an important part of our taught curriculum right across the school. The Lifeskills programmes explore different themes that aim to proactively prepare children and young people for challenges that they are likely to face at their age and stage of development. Topics range from positive relationships to healthy eating, to managing schoolwork, to managing a budget; classes are often complemented by year-group and school assemblies and visits from outside speakers.
Drawing on available research from the field of Positive Psychology, the Lifeskills curriculum also aims to equip students with strategies and techniques to help them to be resilient in the face of emotional challenges. As they progress through the school, students become more aware of their own emotions and how to express their feelings; they experience a range of techniques from mindfulness meditation to laughter yoga that forms a 'toolkit' that they can draw on in the future when they find themselves in stressful situations.
The wellbeing of young people is very much a changeable state. New challenges present themselves regularly as they grow and mature. Our Lifeskills programmes are designed to provide information and skills that are needed at different stages and our very strong pastoral and learning support teams are always ready to support and guide students as they face new hurdles in each school.
Sometimes, however, young people need more specialist support and at Tanglin we have three 'whole-school' teams which are able to advise teachers and to work with students, individually or in small groups:
- Tanglin Nursing Team
- School Counselling Department
- Educational Psychologist
Together, these teams form the Coordinated Wellbeing Services. They aim to be proactive as well as reactive and regularly contribute to the Lifeskills programmes for students, as well as offering workshops to parents through 'ParentWise'.
The School acknowledges that nurturing the wellbeing of children and young people and protecting them from harm requires a whole school community commitment. Tanglin aims to provide a professional and caring environment where staff, parents and children and young people feel empowered to raise concerns.
School employees are required to report any concerns about a student directly to a Designated Safeguarding Lead member of staff. Parents, students, visitors or any other person wanting to report a concern about a student may do so with any of the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead staff or any School employee they feel comfortable with.
Please refer to the School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy for details about how to identify a concern and how the School manages assessment of concerns.