Wellbeing and Mental Health in Education
This Award is available to schools who are keen to develop their approach to Wellbeing and Mental Health. Schools will work with a facilitator in the Faculty of Education to evidence their approach and once assessed by the Faculty schools will receive a Wellbeing and Mental Health in Education Award.
The Framework is a research-informed framework to support schools and colleges with the implementation of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. It is designed to be a preventative model in that its implementation should reduce the number of children, young people and staff who require specialist mental health intervention. The Framework does not require schools or colleges to implement clinical interventions. As such, it respects the boundaries of the education profession and therefore focuses on the role of educational interventions to support children and young people’s mental health.
- Reduce the prevalence of mental ill health issues of pupils and staff in the school
- Staff upskilled and knowledgeable in the subjects of wellbeing and mental health
- Provides an evidence framework base for Ofsted requirements
- Accreditation from Edge Hill University in the form of a ranking, plaque and digital badge
Why should we do this?
In 2017 the government estimated that there were 850,000 children and young people with mental ill health. Children cannot thrive academically if they are mentally ill. Waiting lists to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are lengthy and many children do not meet the referral criteria. If they are not provided with support in school, this can have significant detrimental impacts on long-term educational and health outcomes.
We are clear that teachers are not health professionals. They are educators. There is no requirement for schools to deliver clinical interventions and nor should they, unless there are appropriately qualified staff to do this. However, schools can deliver educational interventions which will improve children’s mental health and wellbeing and leaders can develop positive school cultures which enable children and staff to thrive.
The latest Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted, 2019) requires schools to provide children and young people with a curriculum which supports them to be mentally health. The government Green Paper (DfE / DoH, 2017) stated that schools needed to play a greater role in supporting children’s mental health.
The model that we have designed is a preventative model. It should reduce the number of young people who need to be referred to specialist National Health Services.
FREE as a pilot to a set number of schools.
Please note for 2021, this initiative is only available to the schools currently engaged in the Tackling the Blues programme and YES schools.
How long does the accreditation last?
There is no life-span attached to the award but there is an expectation that schools will continue to enhance this aspect of their provision.
The strands of the Framework
The Framework is divided into 8 key strands. These are shown below:
What is the process?
The process is summarised below:
How much evidence do you need to present?
We are conscious that teachers and leaders are busy professionals and we do not want this to become a bureaucratic process. The decision about whether to award Bronze, Silver or Gold will be based on the Professional Conversation and your own self-assessment. As a minimum, we would expect you to colour code the Framework using a RAG rating (Red, Amber, Green) to demonstrate which elements of the Framework are embedded.
- Red: Not embedded
- Amber: Partially embedded
- Green: Fully embedded
We would normally view a sample of evidence as part of the Professional Conversation, but this should be limited to one or two pieces of evidence which showcases the work you have done and its impact.