The Education Staff Wellbeing Charter has been launched by the Department of Education, and applies to schools, colleges, and further educational institutions in England. It was co-created by the DfE’s expert group on staff wellbeing, which included OfSTED and the teaching unions. According to the guidance document: The Education Staff Wellbeing Charter is a declaration […]
When discussing mental health I often get asked on the best way to measure wellbeing by school leaders and educational professionals. Before answering the question it is worth considering the desire and risks of measuring. Why measure wellbeing in schools? Like any activity before diving in, it is important to step back and consider what […]
Infographic: 5 things schools can do to reduce the number of children experiencing mental ill health
By Jane Hull, Deputy Headteacher at SS Peter & Paul’s Catholic Primary School. Jane is one of the first cohort on our MA in Leadership of School Mental Health & Wellbeing. This blog discusses her dissertation research that she did as part of the course and was supported with by the Minds Ahead and Leeds […]
Understanding the mental health issues of children and young people post-pandemic: returning to the same school, living in a different world
Research and literature regarding the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people has become more frequent and widespread over recent years, as data and trends show an increasingly concerning picture. In the year prior to the global pandemic, referrals to children’s mental health services rose by 35% however there was only a 4% […]
By Priya Mitchell MA, School Counsellor and Designated Lead, The British School Al Khubairat As the sole Counsellor within an International School with 1900+ students on roll, my diary is constantly full and it can be difficult to find appointments for the near daily referrals to the Counselling Service. Having completed the 1st Year of […]
Bridges and Walls: where are the walls that are acting as immovable barriers to your mental wellbeing and what can you do to make things better?
Bridges and walls are often used metaphorically to indicate connectors and enablers on the one hand and barriers or boundaries on the other. Bridges, walls and our mental wellbeing Bridges can help us: get from A to B, quickly and efficiently have adventures and new experiences connect learning from past experiences and hopes for the […]
Counselling is one of the most common school-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing for young people. This type of therapy allows young people to explore their thoughts and emotions in a non-judgemental, safe and confidential environment. Most schools source out their own counselling provision from an external provider paid through their existing budgets and will likely […]
By Adam Gillett MA, (Assistant Principal – Inclusion), Penistone Grammar School The MA in Leadership of School Mental Health & Wellbeing has been one of the best things I have done in my professional career, but writing the dissertation was probably the hardest. The structure of the course is so well done and the assignments so […]
Young people’s mental health: School-based anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying projects improve LGBT+ mental health
It is well documented that young people who identify as LGBT+ are more likely to face bullying, discrimination and mental health challenges, compared to their heterosexual peers. Key findings on young people’s mental health support in schools International research summarised by NIHR School for Public Health Research has found that there is a link between […]
Pupils’ mental health infographic: What do they think will help them catch up on the education they have missed?
The Jack Petchey Foundation asked over 5,000 young people aged 11-19 how the government should support them to catch up on the education they have missed since schools first partially closed in March 2020. Pupils’ mental health: Top 5 responses Which of the following would you find useful to help you catch up on the […]