NCB coordinates the Partnership for Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools: a national network of more than 50 organisations from the education, health and wellbeing, and children's sectors that supports schools and provide services to improve the wellbeing and mental health of all children in education. Our membership includes professional associations, schools, academic institutions, and the voluntary and community sector.
What we’re working towards
Our vision is that wellbeing and good mental health is a strategic priority and embedded into the culture and ethos of every school.
We work to:
- Increase awareness of the importance of promoting and protecting children’s emotional wellbeing and good health and how this connects to learning
- Work to ensure that education and health policy work together to integrate approaches in recognition of a broader set of measures of success for schools
- Share advice and best practice of what works
- Inspire schools and services to incorporate measures that will improve children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health
- Equip teachers, adults working with children, and children and young people themselves with the skills and knowledge to prioritise and address emotional wellbeing and mental health needs.
Ways of working
We will achieve our objectives by:
- Developing a set of strong, cohesive messages about children and young people’s emotional wellbeing in order to influence policy and practice.
- Influence and inform the development of policy that impacts on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in schools
- Enabling the Partnership to come together to identify common challenges, share effective practice and information, collate learning and evidence; identify potential solutions; and collaborate on new developments in this area.
- Building stakeholder relationships and representing the views of the Partnership to policy and practice decision makers.
What we’ve achieved so far
Since July 2014, we have:
- Produced a joint response with the Coalition for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition to the 2018 Department for Education Consultation on Draft Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Guidance for Schools.
- Produced a review of national policy and practice developments surrounding mental health and wellbeing
- Coordinated a roundtable event with Public Health England to discuss its plans to support mental health and wellbeing 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 wellbeing issues
- Prepared new guidance for schools on 'what works' in promoting social and emotional wellbeing and responding to mental health problems in schools
For more information about the Partnership, please contact Partnership Coordinator Pamela Shaw: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07432 739969.
Wellbeing Schools Forum
To support schools and education providers, the Partnership hosts the Wellbeing Schools Forum, an online forum for sharing best practice around improving mental health and emotional wellbeing for their pupils.
A whole school framework for emotional wellbeing 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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing 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, wellbeing and mental health sector.
A full list of our partners and supporters is available upon request.
Membership of the Partnership is via expression of interest, and is open to national, regional and locally based charitable and statutory bodies, and individuals that:
- Support the aims and objectives of the Partnership
- Share the Partnership’s commitment to realising its vision
- Want to play an active part in helping the Partnership to realise its vision and aims
- Have a strong and relevant offer in terms of policy, practice, evidence or advocacy
Organisations that meet these criteria can submit an expression of interest to be a Partnership member.
Our Steering Group plays a central role in implementing the vision of the Partnership. The Steering Group supports the Partnership by:
- Helping to shape the strategy and direction
- Development and delivery of work priorities
- Providing content on consultation responses
- Setting meeting agendas
- Ensuring the steering group and wider Partnership remains representative of the sector
- Share learning and bring back the views of the wider Partnership or other interested parties and stakeholders
- Promoting the work of the Partnership, and promoting the wider agenda around children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in schools.
Meetings are termly in Central London. Membership of the steering group is organisational.
If you are interested in joining our Steering Group, please get in touch with Pamela Shaw, the National Coordinator of the Partnership for Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools: email@example.com or 07432 739969