Universal / Whole School Approach 

We believe a Universal / Whole School Approach to emotional wellbeing will be a key to the sustainability and growth of your work post Headstart. 

What is a Whole School Approach? 

Research shows that schools  that adopt a multi-component approach are more effective in promoting social, emotional health and mental wellbeing. The whole school approach involves pupils, staff, parents and the community as well as outside agencies in addressing emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.

It recognises that all aspects of the school community can impact upon students’ learning and mental health and that they are inextricably linked. 

The Department of Education (DfE) and Ofsted recognise that the whole school approach will help pupils succeed, as the approach supports them to become resilient and mentally healthy and will be effective in improving long term outcomes for children and young people.

Public Health England produced the superb "Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: a whole school and college approach". The document sets out the 8 principles for promoting emotional health and wellbeing. It has been recently updated

PHE WSA model

The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook 

Headstart Kernow are working with Dr Pooky Knightsmith during Y3. Part of the work is to offer schools access to and support around Pooky's recently published 'The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook'  which is full of practical tips, ideas and case studies for supporting school to make small successful changes along the way to creating a WSA. 

Pooky gives an introduction to the workbook in this short film. 


TIS and a Whole School Approach 

Dr Margot Sunderland on The Key Components of a Mentally Healthy School    

The HSK / TIS Senior Leads Consultancy (for secondaries) offer will schools an opportunity to reflect on being a mentally healthy school and how you are developing TIS practice in school.