Overseeing Pupil Mental Health & well being

Overseeing Pupil Mental Health & well being

Consultant: Linda LissimoreDate posted: May 2020

This is the second article focusing on the governance of pupil mental health provision in recognition of Mental Health Week (18-22 May 2020). In this article we will further explore the role of governance in oversight of mental health provision for pupils, as schools prepare for wider reopening from 1 June.


Positive mental health is as important to children and young people as good physical health. Schools are under a duty to promote pupil well-being. This begins at a strategic level with a clear vision for a mentally healthy school. Vision is supported by a strong ethos, represented through underpinning values and a positive culture promoted across the school and running through all its policies. At an operational level, a mentally healthy school should be embraced by everyone from the Headteacher and governing board and all staff and pupils.


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