Tuesday 17th October 2017

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NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

11th July 2017

Read The AcSEED Newsletter for July 2017.

NEWS: Farnborough gets AcSEED Award

24th July 2016

Congratulations to The Sixth Form College Farnborough in Hampshire ...

NEWS: Beacon PRU gets AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to The Beacon PRU in Redditch, Worcestershire ...

NEWS: Lordswood get AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to Lordswood Girls' School in Harborne, Birmingham ...

NEWS: Cedars Upper get AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire ...

Application & Accreditation Process

Application Process

The AcSEED Initiative takes the accreditation of schools very seriously. If the quality mark is to have credit and respect it is important that schools only receive the award when they have demonstrated the successful provision of comprehensive emotional support. The process incorporates a school self-assessment followed by review and ratification by representatives of The AcSEED Initiative.

Self Assessment

Schools can apply for The AcSEED Award by completing the self-assessment and submitting it with associated evidence to The AcSEED Initiative for review. The questionnaire is divided into a number of key categories that The AcSEED Initiative considers essential for the provision of high quality services:

  1. Leadership, management and managing change
  2. Policy and Procedure
  3. Emotional Wellbeing Education
  4. The Environment and Relationship Education
  5. Participation
  6. Emotional Wellbeing Services
  7. Staff Training
  8. Working with Parents/Guardians and Outside Agencies

The self-assessment pack includes suggestions based on collated best practices. Schools with minimal existing service provision are strongly advised to refer to these best practices for guidance.

The self-assessment questionnaire aims to build a thorough picture of the emotional wellbeing services offered at a school.

AcSEED Review

All applications for The AcSEED Award (including renewal applications) are reviewed by AcSEED assessors. This review will result in one of the following actions:

  1. The assessors will request further information and/or clarifications from the school as needed to make a decision on the application.
  2. The assessors will determine that the self-assessment and supporting evidence meets the AcSEED criteria, and will therefore ratify the award.
  3. The assessors will determine that the self-assessment and supporting evidence does not meet the AcSEED criteria, and will identify specific areas that need further attention.

Award Ratification

Schools will be notified about ratification of their award including:

  1. Confirmation that their application for The AcSEED Award has been successful.
  2. An AcSEED Award certificate.
  3. Any observations and/or recommendations made by the assessment team, including special recognitions of best-in-class practices.
  4. The period of time for which the award is granted (usually 2 years), after which the school must apply for a renewal of the award (or the award becomes invalid).
  5. Information on how the school can utilise The AcSEED Award in communications and documentation.
  6. Encouragement to share their best practice with other schools and engage in any relevant publicity work to promote their achievement.

Schools that do not satisfy the minimum award criteria will receive notification of the areas in which they need to improve, instructions on how to appeal the decision, and information on when they will be eligible to re-apply. Whilst The AcSEED Initiative is keen to maintain the integrity of the award by recognising only those schools with high quality wellbeing provisions, we strongly encourage all schools to persist with the necessary improvements to achieve accreditation.

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