The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has created a ‘whole school framework for emotional wellbeing and mental health’ for use by school leaders.
On World Mental Health Day (10 October 2016), NAHT is more aware than ever that unreasonable workloads and shortages of resources can cause head teachers and their staff to suffer stress and mental health issues. For students too, there are emotional wellbeing issues to address from bullying to exam pressure. Exams are the most significant cause of poor mental health and stress for children in schools, with a significant rise in children accessing help and advice from ChildLine. Research confirms that pressures linked to academic achievement and fear of failing are driving these mental health issues.
In a bid to address these concerns, children’s charity The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has created a ‘whole school framework for emotional wellbeing and mental health’ for use by school leaders. NAHT and other organisations were asked for their input and the result is a comprehensive self-assessment and improvement tool. It’s ideal for heads who want to implement a strategy for positive emotional wellbeing and mental health across their school.
From this web link heads can find a complete set of free resources to support the application of the tool, both for primary and secondary schools. Based on National Children’s Bureau’s research evidence, the pack is intended to support all schools to create sustainable and manageable responses to the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of both students and staff.
The recommendation is for heads to take a ‘whole school approach’, and there is detailed advice on how to structure and monitor the wellbeing framework, which should be built into everything from curriculum to the wider school ethos.
NCB suggests a useful starting point is to assess the school’s current policies and strategies and how they could support positive emotional wellbeing and make possible effective early interventions. A host of further provisions are suggested with practical tips on implementation.
Alongside work within the school, the advice is that leaders need to act to build up external relationships for the school that might provide additional support. There’s also valuable advice on how to engage the whole school community fromthe leadership team, to governors, to children, to parents and carers; and how to create a transparent school guide that details where and who to go to for additional support and referrals.
- Find more information on the NCB website
- For the NCB Emotional Wellbeing Framework tool follow this link
- For supporting resources follow this link
Page Published: 11/10/2016