Wellbeing is when students are relaxed, happy, in good health and have a positive mindset which enables them to fulfill their potential in life. For a student to be motivated for learning and succeed in school and future life they must have a positive social and emotional wellbeing. New Academy School recognizes that students may face a variety of difficulties and challenges whilst at school, which has an impact on the chances of success and progression.
Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) Research proves students who do not have high self-belief tend to underachieve significantly compared to their ability. The school uses the Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) to gain insight into attitudes that could be hindering achievement. The PASS test helps you detect possible barriers to learning, including issues around confidence, resilience, motivation, concentration, disaffection and alienation.
KHDA Dubai Schools Wellbeing Census (DSWC) The school utilizes the analysis from the DSWC data to gain in-depth understanding of how students feel about their school life, home life, themselves and their relationships with others. The DSWC data provides insight into student attitudes towards their experiences in and out of school. The information obtained will enable the school team to meet the need. Depending on the analysis students will then receive group counseling.
Child Protection & Anti-Bullying In adherence to the Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 on child rights (Wadeema's Law), abuse (sexual, physical, emotional and neglect), bullying, harassment, physical intimidation, violence, intimidation of any including cyber bullying is against our school ethos and will not be tolerated at NAS and will be reported.
All matters are reported to the Child Protection Officer (CPO) who is familiar with the procedures and actions which should be taken by the school to support any child who may be at risk. All staff (both teaching and non-teaching) are aware of their responsibilities in relation to the protection of all students at New Academy School.
Well Being Support
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) support at NAS NAS aims at providing a safe school environment with a focus on wellbeing and character building. The school provides whole school approaches to SEL support during homeroom time and scheduled periods. SEL lessons are developed using the five essential competencies which are: Self Awareness, Social Awareness, Self Management, Relationship skills and Responsible Decision making.
Counseling Services At NAS At NAS, students have the right to expect informed, impartial, supportive, timely guidance on career and social counseling organized by the school, around any personal difficulties to promote their happiness. For individuals identified as having challenges, group or individual support is provided. We respect the privacy of parents as well as students, hence, information shared is kept confidential in a secure location.
Social Counseling Support Social Counseling addresses the emotional, social, and school concerns which students have at different stages of their lives. Counselors focus on emotional and mental health issues to improve their sense of well‐being, alleviate feelings of distress and resolve crises. They also provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological symptoms, (American Psychological Association, 2017). At NAS, Counseling is an interactive learning process between counsellor and student/s, whether individual or group, using approaches which are holistic and research based to support students personal, social and/or academic issues.
***For detailed information on NAS Wellbeing Agenda refer to our school’s
- Wellbeing & Counselling Policy
- Anti-Bullying & Child Protection
- Social and Emotional Learning Framework
Career Counselling Support All students in each grade receive curriculum-based education covering each area of the goals of college and career guidance. Students who require educational and vocational counselling for satisfactory achievement receive this from the career counsellor. The career counsellor has the necessary competencies to deliver the counselling effectively.
The school counseling program at New Academy School is geared toward meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students. This developmental and preventative program focuses on helping students achieve academic and personal success through a variety of guidance activities. In an attempt to meet these needs, the counseling program offers many services for parents and their son/daughter. Services include classroom guidance lessons which address broad developmental topics (self-esteem, social skills, problem-solving skills, career awareness, graduation requirement, University admission, writing recommendation letters for universities, etc.).
Every Year starting from April all high school students have individual career counseling. During the counseling session the students receive guidance and advice regarding their future career that allows them to choose their electives as well as review and track their credits as well. Additionally, parents’ and students orientation sessions and curriculum nights are conducted to guide parents as well as students specially for grade 8 students to ensure smooth transition to high school. Individual counseling is available for students who have specific needs. Moreover, the counseling department is always communicating and coordinating with local and international universities to organize internal and external university fairs. Attending university fairs allow students to obtain the opportunity to explore more about different fields for studies and work. Besides, University fairs give students the chance to acquire more information regarding university admissions (procedures and scholarship). Counseling referrals may be received from students, teachers, parents/ guardians, or peers. Another service that is offered through the counseling department is orientation sessions conducted by previous years graduates. Previous graduates’ orientation sessions provide students the opportunity to share experiences with others, have support, and learn from students who are dealing with similar issues. All students can learn from counseling activities and can benefit from active participation. The school counselor is available for consultation or individual appointments to discuss your child’s needs or concerns.