Mental Health and Well Being
The DfE states the following in relation to Mental Health and Wellbeing. To read the full document please click here.
The aim of teaching pupils about physical health and mental wellbeing is to give them the information that they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing. It should enable them to recognise what is normal and what is an issue in themselves and others and, when issues arise, know how to seek support as early as possible from appropriate sources.
Physical health and mental wellbeing are interlinked, and it is important that pupils understand that good physical health contributes to good mental wellbeing, and vice versa.
It is important for schools to promote pupils’ self-control and ability to self-regulate, and strategies for doing so. This will enable them to become confident in their ability to achieve well and persevere even when they encounter setbacks or when their goals are distant, and to respond calmly and rationally to setbacks and challenges. This integrated, whole-school approach to the teaching and promotion of health and wellbeing has a potential positive impact on behaviour and attainment.
Effective teaching should aim to reduce stigma attached to health issues, in particular those to do with mental wellbeing. Schools should engender an atmosphere that encourages openness. This will mean that pupils feel they can check their understanding and seek any necessary help and advice as they gain knowledge about how to promote good health and wellbeing.
Schools have flexibility to design and plan age-appropriate subject content, but this guidance sets out core areas for health and wellbeing that are appropriate for primary and secondary aged pupils.
Staff and Pupil Mental Health and Wellbeing:
CPD and resources
An overview of key evidence-informed national CPD and local CPD offers from county agencies, services and organisations focused on staff and pupil mental health and wellbeing. Some offers are certificated; offers may be online or face-to-face where appropriate. A list of recommended resources for schools to support the development of a whole-school and targeted approach to mental health and wellbeing is also available.
A range of further resources below, please select any of the following: