We know, through NGA’s 2021 governance survey, that pupil mental health and wellbeing is a top priority for school and trust leaders. The reasons are clear, from rising rates of mental health disorders among children and young people to the ongoing impact of the pandemic on their wellbeing. One solution could be consulting pupils on what would make them feel safer and supported in school, encouraging peer support, having wellbeing champions or pupils and staff designing wellbeing programmes or lesson ideas together.
“Any opportunities for student participation will help to ensure any initiatives introduced are better placed to meet the needs of everyone at school”.
Hannah Kinsey, head of training at charity YoungMinds,