Together, we can make a real difference to support the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school community by addressing the following:
- Rising levels of poor mental health in pupils aged 3 to 18, including rising spikes in increased mental health support required from impacts of COVID-19
- Educational establishments lacking suitably qualified staff to appropriately support students’ mental health
- Responsive to individual schools and colleges’ unique needs grounded in the latest research and evidence from around the world
Too many are missing out on their education
Poor children are in the worst situation
Mental health inequality in schools
Lack of qualified mental health support
Those with mental health needs are the children most likely to miss school. These children have the highest ‘unauthorised absence’ rate, meaning they could be at risk of harm.
Child poverty in particular is not just a short-term risk to mental health: it has an effect throughout life. Poor families are often least informed about the ways in which the children can be helped.
For children facing some of the greatest barriers to a good education, such as those with learning disabilities and autism, the use of restrictive interventions and exclusions cause significant and lasting harm to mental health.
Poor mental health can result from experiences of racism, bullying, exclusion and injustice, and mental health support in schools and colleges need to be able to offer the opposite to these experiences.