- About Us
- The AcSEED Initiative
- The AcSEED Award
Sunday 3rd March 2024
This is how we share information and good practices relating to mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges
16th January 2024
Sherborne House School in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire receive AcSEED Award
28th July 2022
AcSEED Newsletter for July 2022
21st July 2022
What we are doing to improve the mental health of children and young people
11th May 2022
AcSEED were a presenter and exhibitor at the Mental Health and Wellbeing show in Cardiff on 10th May 2022
25th April 2022
Wistaston Church Lane Academy in Crewe, Cheshire receive AcSEED Award
7th April 2022
Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School in Stalybridge, Cheshire receive AcSEED Award
7th April 2022
Crosby High School in Crosby, Merseyside receive AcSEED Award
1st April 2022
St Olave's Grammer School in Orpington, Kent receive AcSEED Award
19th August 2021
St Paul's Church of England Primary School in Stalybridge, Cheshire receive AcSEED Award
14th December 2020
AcSEED Newsletter for December 2020
11th December 2020
Kooth: An on-line Mental Health Support Platform
11th November 2020
Report from the Westminster Insight conference on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools
20th October 2020
Fairfield Road Primary School receive AcSEED Award
31st August 2020
Congratulations to Newport Girls' High School in Shropshire ...
25th June 2019
Trinity School and College opens the first AcSEED Wellbeing Centre
The AcSEED Initiative
The AcSEED Initiative is a concept founded by young people with direct personal experience of mental illness at a young age. Their combined experiences have been used to identify and recommend a range of best practices that could have helped significantly in identifying and supporting their emerging emotional difficulties during school years. They were unanimous in viewing school as a pivotal environment that significantly influenced their emotional development, and in the belief that targeted intervention within this educational and social framework could have made a significant difference in helping to contain and manage their mental health vulnerabilities.
There is wide variation in the emotional support services provided by schools in the UK, with no definition of best practices or measure of quality and results. Those schools that have invested in the emotional wellbeing of their students have been frustrated by the lack of recognition for their initiatives.
The AcSEED Award is a quality assurance mark presented to schools that have made a substantial effort to support the mental health of their students. It encourages and rewards the provision of high quality emotional wellbeing services, from the broad provision of information right through to appropriately targeted intervention. Based on best practices, the scheme defines a set of standard criteria that all schools must meet in order to receive the award.
Any UK primary or secondary school can apply for The AcSEED Award which requires an initial self-assessment and subsequent review and ratification by representatives of The AcSEED Initiative. Qualifying schools will also need to renew their award status periodically to ensure that a high standard of support is being actively maintained and deployed.