Partnership for Well-being and Mental Health in Schools


About the Partnership

The Partnership for Well-being and Mental Health in Schools is a national network of more than 50 key organisations from the education, health and children's sectors convened by the National Children's Bureau.

It is the only national partnership dedicated to supporting schools and services to improve well-being and mental health outcomes in education.

To sign up to the Partnership's regular E-briefing please email

To join the Partnership please email Enver Solomon

Our Vision

The Partnership has established a vision for an education system where good emotional wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of the culture and ethos of all schools, so that children and young people, supported by their teachers, can build resilience and flourish.

In this phase of the work we aim to make a demonstrable  contribution to improving the social and emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people by 2018 and beyond.

Our Journey so Far...

Since July 2014, the Partnership has:

  • Secured the active commitment and participation of the key agencies and organisations in the sector, including schools, the wider education sector, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE), professional associations and public bodies

  • Convened two partnership events for members including opportunities to feed into national policy development and to the development of the partnership itself

  • Hosted a roundtable event in partnership with Public Health England to consult with our members on PHE's strategic plans to support health and well-being in schools

  • Published a bespoke review of national policy and practice developments in this area since 2004 - go to the Our Publications page to download the review

  • Published three e-briefings to keep members up-to-date with the latest developments in this fast-moving area of policy and practice

  • Developed a first generation Theory of Change to underpin the work of the Partnership in the period ahead

  • Responded to the recent national consultation on changes to the Ofsted inspection framework - go to the  Our Publications page to download the response

  • Prepared NEW advice and guidance for schools on 'what works' in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools. This provides a foundational, evidence-informed framework from which schools can work to improve outcomes for children and young people