Supporting Pupil Mental Wellbeing in Independent Schools

Meet the needs of your pupils following COVID-19

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact to many children and young people’s mental health, with Young Minds reporting that 80% of young people with existing mental health needs agreeing that the pandemic has made their mental health worse, and 67% of parents and carers admitting they are concerned about the long-term impact of the outbreak on their child’s mental wellbeing.

As such, it is imperative that schools are prepared to effectively respond to an increase in mental health concerns and make sure strategies are in place to ensure pupils are supported throughout the rest of the crisis.

Ben Turner, Deputy Head (Pastoral) at Wimbledon High School will share advice for building ‘the new normal’ for pastoral care, whilst recognising the key challenges now placed on schools following the pandemic, at this year’s training.

Find out more about improving pupil wellbeing through effective leadership and governance here.

Implement long-term models that support pupils beyond the current crisis

Whilst short-term efforts are needed now to support pupils amid the national crisis, it is also important to ensure that you have a robust wellbeing strategy in place to ensure long-term help for pupils.

Through informative best-practice and an interactive workshop session, this year’s online Supporting Independent School Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing training will also offer practical solutions for improving wellbeing provisions, including through developing a positive education model, which encourages pupils to practice building positive emotions and resilience, and implementing a whole school approach to pupil wellbeing to engage all pupils, and not just those who are directly reaching out for help.

Learn more about the importance of promoting a growth mindset within schools to improve pupil wellbeing here.

 Ensure these efforts meet inspection standards

Along with creating long-term wellbeing strategies to support your pupils beyond COVID-19, it is important that your efforts comply with the ISI Inspection Framework.

To help you, Sara Wiggins, Reporting Inspector from the ISI Consultancy will be joining us on 17th September to offer reflections on schools’ responsibility for promotive positive wellbeing, provide insight into how wellbeing is being inspected and to offer guidance about how to meet inspection standards.

Virtually network with your peers and form long-lasting wellbeing strategies together

Despite the change in format, you can still expect the same high-quality content and interactive experience as you would with an in-person training day. Alongside opportunities for virtual networking and discussion with your peers, the training sessions will be delivered with live presentations, and post-event resources will still be made available to ensure that nothing is missed.