Using measurement tools to understand pupils' mental health needs

Learn how to use measurement tools and surveys to understand students’ wellbeing, so that you can give them the support they need.

Schools and colleges need to understand their students' mental health needs in order to implement a successful whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Surveying your students enables you to:

  • measure their needs
  • identify the most suitable interventions to address these
  • allocate resources
  • measure how things change over time.

There are many different surveys and measurement tools out there which schools can use to do this.

This document details:

  • how to choose a survey
  • what to do with the results
  • practical things to consider.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by mental health leads working with students aged 5 to 19+.

Learning outcomes

This resource addresses the following learning outcomes:

  • Use (and be able to adapt as required) relevant tools to assess need, and monitor interventions to support pupil and student progress.
  • Implement a process to identify those who may need additional support, working with other staff across the school to use pre-existing documents, such as education health care plans, where appropriate.
  • Work with staff, families and local services to understand the mental health and wellbeing issues that could be impacting on behaviour and attendance to improve outcomes for pupils/students, and ensure that all school policies reflect this.

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