St Margarets and North Twickenham Ward

Student wellbeing programme praised

The Borough’s student wellbeing programmes were praised by members of the Helsinki City Education Department this week during a visit to learn more about the borough’s initiatives.  Five members of the Helsinki City Education and Youth Department visited North Twickenham, as part of a successful bid which is fully funded through the British Council.

Their first stop on this occasion was Teddington School, where they observed and met pupils with the opportunity to discuss the wellbeing and behaviour programmes, both in the school and involving extra-curricular activities. They then moved on to Heatham House Youth Centre for an evening of activities.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Cabinet Member for Schools in Richmond Council said: “We place a huge amount of importance on the wellbeing of our students in Richmond upon Thames. Through this programme, we will hopefully be able not only to help our Scandinavian partners, but to learn from them and gain insight into constantly improving our own services.”

A future visit is planned later this year during which more will be learnt about the excellent practice in restorative approaches and a chance to see a peer mentoring programme.

The project will run for two years and a full report will be produced in 2012 for the British Council, our partners in Helsinki and locally for the Council.