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Statistics show that 1 in 10 children – an average of three in every classroom – has a diagnosable mental health problem, and that 75% of mental health problems in adults have their roots in childhood
It’s time to put wellbeing on the curriculum

Health education to be compulsory in schools from September 2020

The new guidance has been developed in response to a national call for evidence and includes topics like mental wellbeing, consent, keeping safe online, physical health and fitness and LGBT+

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Ofsted and Mental Health Provisions in Schools

  • There have been changes to the Ofsted common inspection framework, and these are centered on emotional wellbeing
  • Additions to the framework include personal development, behaviour, welfare and mental health. More specifically the framework references the essential components of emotional wellbeing such as relationships, self-discipline, self-confidence, self-efficacy, communication skills, positive mind-set and attitude.

Specifically the guidelines state:

  • To be outstanding, schools must enable students to be able to ‘make informed choices about healthy eating, fitness and their emotional and mental wellbeing’.
  • In order for schools to gain good status pupils must 'enjoy learning about how to stay healthy and about emotional and mental health, safe and positive relationships.'


"Research evidence shows that education and health are closely linked so promoting the health and wellbeing of pupils and students within schools and colleges has the potential to improve their educational outcomes and their health and wellbeing outcomes”

(Public Health England)

"Children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way"

(Secretary of State)

Childhood obesity is more associated with depression than mid-life obesity
Stress levels in teenagers have increased by 70% in the last 25 years
Nearly 25% of 14-year-old girls in the UK have self-harmed
7 in 10 parents believe headteachers’ action against bullying isn’t enough
There is growing evidence to suggest that the skills and attributes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupils’ academic achievement, employability and future life chances
"Mobile Phone Dependency” in adolescents interferes with their school and personal activities, and leads the teenagers to develop social and relationship problems

What can schools do to support mental wellbeing?

  • How can we stop young people from suffering mental health problems in the first place? We believe the answer is simple: equip them with the knowledge and skills to be in charge of their own wellbeing
  • Schools and colleges are a vital part of children and young people’s support system and are continually recognised as key in helping promote positive mental wellbeing
  • It is important to get an initial ‘temperature check’ of wellbeing within a school and college to understand the needs of your pupils. This can be used to plan prevention work and inform planning decisions across the school and beyond
  • These results can be tracked over time and compared with other demographics/years/classes to get a clear sense of performance at different levels. This kind of information may be used in commissioning school-based support, tailoring existing provision or reporting for Ofsted
Children’s overall level of wellbeing impacts on their behaviour and engagement in school and their ability to acquire academic competence in the first place
Exercise boosts grey matter in 9 brain areas including regions important for cognition, executive function and academic achievement
The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn
Promoting physical and mental health in schools creates a virtuous circle reinforcing children’s attainment and achievement that in turn improves their wellbeing, enabling children to thrive and achieve their full potential
There is evidence to show that PSHE education can address teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, and emotional health
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