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Andy Mellor – SAS National Director of Wellbeing


Andy has over 30 years experience of teaching and leading in the state education system in England.

He has taught and led in a range of schools, culminating in 17 years as Headteacher of a 2 form entry primary school in Blackpool leading the school to Ofsted outstanding in March 2016.

Since then he has opened and led the Blackpool Teaching School Alliance and supported the school led system in Blackpool being a board member for the Blackpool Opportunity Area and the Blackpool School Improvement Board.

From May 2018 to May 2019 Andy was the National President of the NAHT. He left headship in December 2019 to become National Director of Wellbeing for Schools Advisory Service, sharing the organisation’s vision for all schools to become wellbeing friendly for both staff and pupils.

Most Recently from Andy

Ask Andy - Blog 28

Overflowing with need - Further evidence that a nationwide proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing is needed.
Ima... Read More

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Why an SAS policy is a must for schools now and in the future.
All the school leaders I talk to say that the last two years have been the mo... Read More

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Christmas Wellbeing! I distinctly remember working in schools on the run up to Christmas feeling like a never-ending sequence of sapping, challengi... Read More

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A whole school/ trust vision for wellbeing Setting a whole school vision for wellbeing at staff and student level is a relatively straightforward t... Read More

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Wellbeing for all, that raises standards! I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed a well-deserved break from the pressures of school especially at t... Read More

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Stress, cortisol, and heart health! There are many things that affect our wellbeing. Some of those are things in our professional life and some of ... Read More

Ask Andy - Blog 20

The school rollercoaster effect and how you can support your own and others wellbeing Working in schools has never been more challenging and in “... Read More

Ask Andy - Blog 19

Renew, rebuild, refresh This academic year has brought more and greater challenges to those in our schools than for any year that I can remember. N... Read More

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I was talking to a group of experienced school leaders a week or so ago and they were stressing to me just how important the wellbeing of their staff ... Read More

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May 2021 and it's time to put your wellbeing first. As we approach half term of what has been a challenging school year and another tough half term... Read More

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Ask Andy Blog 16 – April 2021 National Mental Health Awareness Week takes place in the week commencing 10th May 2021.

Ask Andy - Blog 15

Does staff and pupil wellbeing affect pupil outcomes and how can we use what we know to improve wellbeing and outcomes? For... Read More

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What’s in a word? Catch up or recovery? As schools plan a return to wider opening for pupils on March 8th, (let’s n... Read More

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New year, new challenges, new opportunities. In my last blog in December, I talked about the impact of the pandemic on day to day ... Read More

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Over the course of this year, I have tried to bring some of the messages in wellbeing to one place and to do some of the sifting of the information ou... Read More

Ask Andy - Blog 11

Where Wellbeing Meets Schools – Ensuring You Take Care of You “Wellbeing is a well-worn phrase but essentially its about buil... Read More

Ask Andy - Blog 10

Stress, Covid and Why this Half Term Break is Critical for You This half term has been the most demanding I think anyone in school... Read More

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We’ve got to stop doing “interventioning” students. For flourishings sake! I recently had the pleasure of a zoom meeting wit... Read More

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With wellness our priority, we will see standards rise. As I write, in the third week of July, schools and their staff are,... Read More

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Building back better! Why wellbeing has to sit alongside attainment and progress moving forwards and the arrival of the National ... Read More

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Uncertain times for schools, staff, parents and pupils but legislation trumps guidance. The announcement of the Prime Minister tha... Read More

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The Power of Kindness Throughout this lockdown situation we have been bombarded by bad news stories from the Press, so much so tha... Read More

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Adapting to Change Hi everybody and welcome to my monthly blog post for March 2020. One specific item has been dominating the news for the last ... Read More

Ask Andy - Blog 2

Positive Changes As we approached midnight on 31st December, I counted down my time as a Headteacher and then started t... Read More

Ask Andy - Blog 1

Making a Difference! I’d like to begin my first blog post by wishing you a belated happy new year and sincerely hope that you go... Read More

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