David Drew MP supports campaign for Ofsted to also make 'wellbeing' a priority for schools

David Drew MP supports campaign for Ofsted to also make 'wellbeing' a priority for schools

David Drew, MP for Stroud yesterday attended YoungMinds’ Wise up and Act: prioritising wellbeing in schools reception to support the mental health charity’s recent campaign.

The charity, which has been campaigning on wellbeing in schools through its Wise Up campaign, is encouraging young people, school staff, parents and members of the public to take part in the consultation and #TellOfsted what they think makes a school ‘outstanding’.

Research by YoungMinds has found that:

  • Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, with many more going through times when they struggle to cope [1]

  • 95% of teachers said they had taught a child who they believe is experiencing anxiety [2]

  • 83% of teachers do not believe that teachers have sufficient support for their own wellbeing and mental health [3]

  • 81% of young people said that they would like their school or college to teach them more about mental health [4]

  • 48% of young people struggling with their mental health sought help from their teachers (most commonly cited professional) [5]

 

David Drew MP said:

“Currently, three children in every classroom will be struggling with a mental health problem. My constituents often tell me what a big issue children and young people’s mental health is for them and their families, which is why I’m glad to support YoungMinds’ campaign and call on Ofsted to make wellbeing a priority.”

 

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said:

“We’re delighted to have the support of David Drew MP MP for our #Tell Ofsted campaign. Many schools and teachers do great work to support young people’s wellbeing, but, sadly, the current inspection framework doesn’t place enough value on this. And so when schools have to make difficult decisions about how to spend their limited budgets, it can be hard for them to make wellbeing a priority.

“There are some welcome improvements in Ofsted’s new proposed framework, but there also areas which need strengthening to ensure that student wellbeing is a crucial part of the education system.”

ABOUT WISE UP

YoungMinds launched its Wise Up campaign in early 2017, calling for a rebalancing of the education system to make wellbeing a priority. Since then the government has committed to introducing:

·       Mental Health Support Teams that will work with schools

·       Designated school leads on mental health

·       A focus on mental health as part of Relationship and Sex Education

·       Optional measurement frameworks for schools on wellbeing

To see the film and take action to #TellOfsted what you think, visit youngminds.org.uk/TellOfsted

For more information, see www.youngminds.org.uk/wiseup

ABOUT YOUNGMINDS

Now in our 25th year, Youngminds is the leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported through life, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

  www.youngminds.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @youngmindsuk

 

For free advice and support for parents, call our helpline on 0808 802 5544

 

References

[1] Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017 https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-of-children-and-young-people-in-england/2017/2017

[2] Figures are taken from a YoungMinds survey hosted on surveygizmo.eu in August 2018, and promoted through paid advertising targeting teachers on social media. There were responses from 6,719 teachers across the UK. 90.7% of respondents teach in England, 3.9% in Scotland, 3.5% in Wales and 1.2% in Northern Ireland. 7.9% of respondents teach in early year’s settings, 44% in primary schools, 48.5% in secondary schools, and 17.8% in sixth form colleges.

[3] Figures are taken from a YoungMinds survey hosted on surveygizmo.eu in August 2018, and promoted through paid advertising targeting teachers on social media. There were responses from 6,719 teachers across the UK. 90.7% of respondents teach in England, 3.9% in Scotland, 3.5% in Wales and 1.2% in Northern Ireland. 7.9% of respondents teach in early year’s settings, 44% in primary schools, 48.5% in secondary schools, and 17.8% in sixth form colleges.

[4] YoungMinds 2017 report Wise Up: Prioritising wellbeing in schools https://youngminds.org.uk/media/1428/wise-up-prioritising-wellbeing-in-schools.pdf

[5] Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017 https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-of-children-and-young-people-in-england/2017/2017

 

 

 

 

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