Emotional wellbeing and mental health
The Wiltshire emotional wellbeing and mental health strategy (2019) clarifies effective practice in education settings, with links to local and national resources.
A focus on Emotional Health and Wellbeing is critical to the social development and educational achievement of children and young people. To reflect this, schools have had a duty to promote health and wellbeing since 2007.
What are the characteristics of a child- friendly school?
- reflects and realises the rights of every child;
- sees and understands the whole child in a broad context;
- is child-centred;
- is gender sensitive;
- promotes quality learning outcomes;
- provides education based on the reality of children's lives;
- is flexible and responds to diversity;
- acts to ensure inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity for all children;
- promotes mental and physical health;
- enhances teacher capacity, morale, commitment and status;
- is family focused;
- is community based.
Useful national links
Mentally Healthy Schools
Anna Freud school campaign materials
You're never to young to talk mental health (primary & secondary)
Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools: engaging with all parents and carers (2019). This free booklet from the Anna Freud trust explores ways that schools can help children by successfully engaging with parents and carers.
Expert Advice Videos for schools
Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) page for schools
Time to Change
Local events and links to campaign materials (secondary)
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Child mental health toolkit for schools
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has developed a free toolkit for school leaders wishing to assess and improve the support their school provides for children’s well being and mental health.
Measuring and monitoring children and young people’s mental wellbeing: A toolkit for schools and colleges
Public Health England have produced this toolkit that aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population.
Wiltshire has a plan to support children and young people's emotional wellbeing in Wiltshire: Healthy Mind Healthy Life
We are supporting Wiltshire schools to help promote better mental health, build resilience and identify and address emerging mental health problems early on. Some of the resources include:
Support for young people, parents and carers
Support for Wiltshire Schools
From January 2020 Wiltshire Council have been working with NHS England to deliver new Mental Health Support Teams in Wiltshire schools.
Wiltshire Libraries support Reading Well for Young People (secondary)
Thrive Hubs, in twelve secondary schools were formed during 2016-2017
Local CPD for school staff
Peer mentoring in selected Wiltshire schools with Kidscape
Support for teaching about wellbeing and mental health
Teaching mental wellbeing, teacher training module - from the DfE (June 2020)
The SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) curriculum was a comprehensive approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour and EHWB in primary and secondary schools. Our local Primary scheme of work Learn 4 Life integrated SEAL with PSHE.