Universal / Whole School Approach 

A Universal / Whole School Approach to emotional wellbeing is an effective, evidenced based way of boosting wellbeing across the whole school community as well as contributing to belonging / inclusion and attendance and attainment. 

Research shows that when schools adopt a multi-component approach they 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.

What is a Whole School Approach? 

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

A WSA is an integrated school systems approach - beyond programmes

An Approach...  Not a specific programme or a linear pathway but something that individual schools can work with to meet specific needs and starting points. The are a number of 'models' but the most effective are underpinned by the Eight Principles set out in the Public Health England: "Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: a whole school and college approach". The document has just been updated alongside the release of the DfE Senior Mental Health Leads Offer / Funding. Download a copy of the latest version of the PHE document

 DfE / Ofsted / MH Leads in Schools

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. The current Ofsted Framework (Sept '21) draws on the PHE Whole School Approach and the DfE funded MH Leads Training is centred on the 8 Principles.

More about a Whole School Approach

Interactive WSA Resource - Coming Soon 

To support schools to develop a WSA that suits the needs of your individual school we are working on an interactive resource. The resource will include a simple audit tools. Information areas supporting each of the 8 principles and more. If you click on the model below you'll be taken to appropriate sections on the site. The resource is currently a work in progress so we welcome wishlists and feedback.

WSA Audit tools 

#1

Leadership and management that supports and champions efforts to promote emotional health and wellbeing

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Leadership and management that supports and champions efforts to promote emotional health and wellbeing

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#2

An ethos and environment that promotes respect and values diversity

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An ethos and environment that promotes respect and values diversity

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#3

Curriculum, teaching and learning to promote resilience and support social and emotional learning

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Curriculum, teaching and learning to promote resilience and support social and emotional learning

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#4

Enabling student voice to influence decisions

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Enabling student voice to influence decisions

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#5

Staff development to support their own wellbeing and that of students

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Staff development to support their own wellbeing and that of students

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#6

Identify need and monitoring impact of interventions

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Identify need and monitoring impact of interventions

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#7

Working with parents/carers

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Working with parents/carers

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#8

Targeted support and appropriate referral

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Targeted support and appropriate referral

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