Aspirations, attainment and art

Cllr. Stella Wilson, a Partnership and Wellbeing Coordinator in one of London’s most socio-economically challenged areas writes for EduKit Connect

The article is about personal experience of the gains to be made organisationally by embracing well-being and engagement in enrichment activity, as a corner-stone of school culture.​

Having worked in educational support for the last 20 years in varying guises from facilitator in one of London’s first, major educational learning support departments in Pimlico to my present position as a wellbeing and partnership coordinator, it is with great satisfaction that I see the profile of wellbeing and supporting our students as a whole continually rising. There is I believe, no doubt that embracing our responsibility to the learner as a whole creates cross-organisational gains and produces proactive and better balanced future citizens. Moreover, creating a stable and safe environment of acceptance and creative freedom offers an optimal climate for learners to grow and flourish within.

Supporting new and emerging projects and opportunities to further enhance the diversity and effect of provision is in my opinion a key aspect of cultural leadership. To be a cultural leader, I feel one must create an example and model for others looking for guidance while supporting and engaging with fresh initiatives and ideas. Seeking to support fully those learners needing guidance, promoting cultural awareness and offering enrichment experiences to them throughout their journeys in education is a certain means of developing better self-awareness and resilience.

I believe creating such opportunities and access to creative activity and wellbeing support allows our young people to express and share their emotions and aspirations in a safe and accepting context; celebrating and supporting diversity. I feel we should all consider how we can lead and encourage such changes within our contexts, of course within the parameters of our roles and opportunities available to us.

We too need to be provided with the chance to feel supported and that we have agency over our delivery and content and indeed our creative direction. After all, we too are on a parallel journey with our learners and require the same freedoms and support to flourish and grow together. Of course, this brings me nicely to the basis of any successful and meaningful mentoring relationship where mutual trust, understanding and growth are key requisites of success.

Read the full article Aspirations, attainment and art

Author : Cllr Stella Wilson: Cultural Advocate’s team, Well-being Coordinator for QPPS, Partnership Manager for Westminster Children’s University and member of the Tate’s Commons working group 2019.

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