In England, 1 in 8 five to 19-year-olds have some form of mental health problem.

This means that it is very likely that there will be children with mental health issues in your school, who need support.

It is vital to ensure that your school is a mentally healthy school. A mentally healthy school sees positive mental health and wellbeing as fundamental to its values, mission and culture.

Becoming a mentally healthy school must be a whole-school approach, involving governors, senior leaders, teachers and all school staff, as well as parents, carers and the wider community.


Understanding the mental health landscape in England

Research shows that at any given time, 1 in 6 people aged 16 to 64 in England will be experiencing a common mental health problem.

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Mental health on the curriculum in England

The focus on mental health and wellbeing on the national curriculum in England is changing.

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Mental health services for schools in England

Understanding and mapping your local service landscape is an important factor in planning and improving children and young people’s access to support.

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Showcasing activity for Ofsted

The Ofsted framework requires Ofsted inspectors to routinely assess and report on pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

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Auditing your school and implementing change

A whole-school approach to mental health is complex, but there are tools available to help.

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Parent/carer engagement

If schools want to develop a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing, engaging widely with all members of the school community is essential and should be a key part of a school’s mission and values.

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Pupil voice

A whole-school approach means listening to the voices of everyone in the school community. This includes children and young people as well as parents and carers, and school staff.

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Supporting staff wellbeing

Good staff wellbeing is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school, for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting pupil wellbeing and attainment.

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