A whole school approach to MHEW
2. Whole school approach resources
All of the documents stored on this page have been discussed at the Whole School Approach MHEW workshops, and are separated by theme.
Term 1. Leadership & Management; Ethos & Environment
MHEW Lead guidance – information on the responsibilities of a named MH Lead
Term 2. Staff Development; Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Supporting staff wellbeing
Feeling stressed, keeping well (Mindful Employer) – a personal workbook for individual reflection on individual wellbeing
Guide to Wellness Action Plans (Mind) – how to use these in the workplace
Making Work Work – exploring wellbeing issues in the workplace with staff
Guide to employee wellness action plans (Mind)
Guide for line managers RE wellness action plans (Mind)
Wellbeing Plan template (Mindful Employer) – a template for writing an individual wellbeing plan: what are you like when you’re well/becoming unwell?
Teaching Resources and Guidance
The Resilient Classroom – practical lesson plans allied to Boing Boing’s Resilience Framework
True or False Mental Health quiz (Time 2 Change)
'We all Have Mental Health' - tips for talking (Time 2 Change)
Talking about emotional wellbeing in schools (Young Minds)
Snivel and Shriek - wellbeing resources for PSHE, ages 8-14
PSHE Association: Statutory PSHE Education report
A guide to emotional coaching (SEMH blog)
Academic Resilience resources (Young Minds)
Dealing with Feelings (Samaritans) - Samaritans volunteers are also available for assemblies/lessons on MHEW, contact: email@example.com
DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) resources – for staff preparing to teach about MHEW
Smart Moves - resilience-based resources for primary to secondary transition
Teen Breathe - online magazine incorporating mindfulness
The Peer Education Project (Mental Health Foundation) – information about the MHF peer mentoring programme
Mindfulness in Schools - mindfulness programmes to buy in for students/staff
Open for Parents - formerly known as Parenting Matters, the Open for Parents website allows parents to book themselves onto courses.
East Sussex School Health Service - information and services provided by School Health Service
Term 3. Assess Need & Monitor Impact; Targeted Support
Assess Need and Monitor Impact
Measuring and monitoring CYP mental wellbeing: A toolkit for schools and colleges (Public Health England)
Combined SpLD checklist: Primary (ages 6-11) - This checklist is designed to be used as a first step in identifying the needs of pupils who are achieving below the expected level in the classroom. It is not a diagnostic tool.
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Child Outcomes Research Consortium) Information and templates.
Children’s Wellbeing Scale - this is a holistic, positively worded scale, developed by the Stirling Educational Psychology Service. It's suitable for educational professionals looking to measure emotional and psychological wellbeing in children aged eight to 15 years
Warwick and Edinburgh Emotional Wellbeing Scale - The scale has been validated for use with children aged 13 and above, but has been used with children aged 11 and above
Measuring mental wellbeing - Guidance on use of wellbeing measures from Anna Freud Centre
Social Emotional and Mental Health Tracking tool - This tool can be used to record the emotional and social progress of children who are consistently falling behind in their attainment. Once populated, it shows a profile of the child that can be used for planning appropriate support. - East Sussex schools are free to use this tool. Schools outside of East Sussex may request access by making a small financial contribution to support further resource development. Please contact Claire Rivers- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01825 830375.
Emotional literacy checklists from Southampton City Council:
- Student checklist
- Parent checklist
- Teacher checklist
- Supporting checklist information
- Emotional literacy interventions
- Emotional literacy worksheets
There are a range of local services available to support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.
- Alex Kelly Talkabout - Social skills and communication training and resources.
- British Association of Play Therapists and Play Therapy UK - Contact details for local play therapists, or to offer a placement to a trainee.
- British Association of Art Therapists - Contact details for local art therapists, or to offer a placement to a trainee.
- Pets as Therapy - voluntary organisation, providing dogs for children to read to.
Term 4. Student Voice; Engaging Parents & Carers
Hart’s Ladder of Participation – a guide to securing meaningful levels of participation from children and young people
East Sussex Pupil Voice Booklet – information and templates developed by the Language and Learning Support Service to engage children and young people
Young Person’s View – Questions to bring out the young person’s voice, as used by ESBAS
Enabling participation - Contains some useful pointers for enabling participation and being inclusive about young people’s views from Youth Work Essentials
Feedback from young people's Takeover Day at East Sussex County Council (Nov 2018)
I wish my teacher knew... (2 minute video clip) is a powerful way to engage children in school and begin to understand their world. If you try this remember to be clear about the purpose of the exercise and be prepared to follow up on any issues (including safeguarding concerns) with the right action and appropriate resources.
Watch My Mum's got a dodgy brain - for examples of parental mental health difficulties that affect many young people daily. Read on for suggestions to help you identify these students.
Engaging Parents and Carers
Marvellous Me - an interactive programme for sharing positive news on pupil progress with families
Talking to Primary Age Children about Parental Mental Health – The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) initiative is funded by the Australian Government. Search COPMI for more resources