A Whole School Approach
It is our fundamental belief that a healthy school is one that places the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school community at its centre . We are working alongside schools to help them promote positive mental health, to reduce stigma and to explore the effects of gender-stereotyping on both boys and girls. A whole school approach is essential to achieve these aims .
We have made a film, see below, with one of our lead secondary schools, Beechen Cliff (BCS), about their journey to developing a whole school approach. This approach reflects the 8 key principles for promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing produced by Public Health England: ethos & environment; leadership & management; teaching and learning; student voice; staff development; monitoring and evaluation of impact; targeted support and working with parents & carers. BCS goes beyond these recommendations, highlighting the importance of student leadership and a solution focused approach across the whole school.
Although BCS is predominantly a boys school – with 930 boys in years 7 to 11 and a mixed Sixth Form of 380 students – we feel that this is an approach which could be replicated in other secondary schools . This document summarises the Key Steps the school has taken on its journey so far. Click here to view Key Steps document. This document contains Student Feedback about the school’s mental health provision and was written by members of the Student Mental Health Team following consultation with a range of students at the school Click here to view Student Feedback document.
For further information on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy at BCS go to www.beechencliff.org.uk
If you are interested in using the whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing in your school, our youth advisors have helped us to create a detailed summaries of the ways to involve children and young people in the approach for both Primary Schools and Secondary Schools.
A Solution Focused Approach
B&NES Mental Health and Wellbeing Audit Tool
This tool is a useful way to audit your mental health and wellbeing provision in school and is based on the 8 key principles outlined above. It has been produced by the Bath and North East Somerset Public Health team as part of the wider Public Health Programme for schools. It’s author, Clare Laker, is also an advisory team member for Boys in Mind. Click here for a link to the audit tool.
The film above has been funded by the friends and family of Lewis, who tragically took his own life at the age of 17. To contribute to the fund in his memory, which we are using to support our Northern Ireland Project, go to :