• One in five schools shun May's mental health scheme

    One in five secondary schools did not take part in a flagship government-funded scheme to train staff as mental health first-aiders. In 2017, Theresa May launched an initiative to offer mental health awareness training to every secondary school over the next three years to “make a real difference to children’s lives”. What is most needed

    17.00 Nov. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Mental health teams overlook excluded pupils

    A new government initiative to support pupils’ mental health seems to be overlooking many excluded children. Research by the Anna Freud Centre and the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) shows that more than four in ten mental health “trailblazer” areas are not working with alternative provision schools, meaning some of the most vulnerable children could

    5.00 Oct. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Majority of teachers' mental health declines

    More than half of teachers say their mental health has declined during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the lack of timely government guidance cited as their biggest challenge. A new report from Education Support assessing the impact of coronavirus on education professionals’ mental health found 52 per cent of teachers felt their mental health and wellbeing

    0.02 Sep. 17th, 2020 | News

  • DfE to measure school staff happiness under new wellbeing charter

    The government has committed to monitoring how happy school staff are, and will publish findings alongside a new wellbeing charter. The Department for Education has committed to implementing all seven recommendations put forward by the expert group on education staff wellbeing (see below). That includes pledges to measure the wellbeing of staff at regular intervals

    17.50 Jun. 8th, 2020 | News

  • Keeping schools mentally healthy: sometimes young people just need to talk

    Sometimes young people just want to talk, says Lisa Fathers, who explains how the devolved administration in Greater Manchester has trained up teachers and peer mentors to provide mental health support in schools The recent figures from the Children’s Commissioner highlighting that a third of areas in England are reducing real-terms spending on vital mental

    10.31 Apr. 16th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Exclusion or poor mental health: which comes first?

    Children excluded from school are more likely to have poor mental health than their peers, but the direction of causality is hotly debated, says Tamsin Ford How much can and should we do to prevent exclusions? How do we balance the needs of the student who struggles to cope in school with those of their

    5.00 Apr. 7th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Hinds to announce wellbeing focus at ASCL conference

    Damian Hinds has commissioned his fifth advisory group since taking office – this time looking at boosting school teacher and leader wellbeing. The education secretary will tell the annual conference of school leaders’ union ASCL today the group will lead the government’s efforts to look at “how teachers and school leaders can be better supported

    0.01 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Excluded children more likely to develop mental health conditions

    Children who are excluded are more likely to develop a mental health condition than their peers who stay in mainstream, a leading researcher told the Mental Health in Education conference on Wednesday. “It won’t surprise anyone that children with mental health conditions, particularly the more disruptive ones – ADHD and conduct disorder – are more

    5.00 Feb. 17th, 2019 | News

  • No evidence for “no excuses” behaviour policies

    Until there is evidence that “zero tolerance” behaviour policies work, schools should prioritise approaches that have proved successful, a professor of child psychiatry told the Mental Health in Education conference on Wednesday. “Whilst a lack of evidence is not evidence of lack, there is very little that suggests that those punitive measures are effective. But

    5.00 Feb. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Duchess of Cambridge: teachers need more mental health support

    Teachers are essential frontline workers who need more mental health support, the Duchess of Cambridge told education leaders on Wednesday. “It is vital that we support teachers with their own wellbeing so that they can find the best level of care for all children, in their schools and communities in which they work,” she told

    12.00 Feb. 14th, 2019 | News

  • Update us annually on school mental health plan progress, MPs tell ministers

    MPs want annual updates from the government on its plan to introduce new mental health support teams to work with schools. The recommendation, from the parliamentary public accounts committee, follows an admission from the government that the new teams of clinicians may not reach every school in England for a decade. Proposals for the new

    0.01 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News