What we’re working towards
Our vision is an education system where good well-being 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 confidence and flourish.
We work to:
- Increase awareness of the importance of promoting and protecting children’s emotional well-being and good health
- Share advice and best practice of what works
- Inspire schools and services to incorporate measures that will improve children’s emotional well-being and mental health
- Equip teachers, adults working with children, and children and young people themselves with the skills and knowledge to address emotional well-being and mental health needs.
What we’ve achieved so far
Since July 2014, we have:
- Produced a review of national policy and practice developments surrounding mental health and well-being
- Coordinated a roundtable event with Public Health England to discuss its plans to support mental health and well-being in schools
- Delivered a response to the 2014 national consultation on changes to the Ofsted inspection framework to include an increased focus on health and well-being issues
- Prepared new guidance for schools on 'what works' in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools
For more information about the Partnership, please contact programme lead Matthew Dodd: email@example.com.
A whole school framework for emotional well-being and mental health
Building on the what works guidance we have produced a self assessment and improvement tool for school leaders to support them in implementing a whole school approach for emotional well being and mental health. It is complemented by a set of resources to support in the application of the tool.
Understanding the policy and practice context
To support the Partnership’s work, NCB has produced a briefing of developments in policy and practice relating to children and young people’s health and well-being over the last decade (2004–2014).
Ofsted School Inspection Framework
Towards the end of 2014, Ofsted consulted with stakeholders on changes to the school inspection framework that would include an increased focus on health and well-being issues.
This has been one of the Partnership's key areas of interest, and our response to the consultation set out why this was an important change.
'What Works' Guidance for Schools
We have produced guidance for schools and services on ‘what works’ in promoting emotional well-being and mental health in schools.
The guidance has been developed by the country's leading academic in this field, Professor Katherine Weare and offers an evidence-informed, straightforward and practical framework to help services and schools improve outcomes for children and young people.
Our Partners and Supporters
Partners and supporters include organisations from the children and young people's sector, education sector, and health, well-being and mental health sector.