Whole school approach (WSA)

A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. This brings the whole school together.

It needs partnership working between:

  • senior leaders
  • teachers and school staff
  • parents and carers
  • the wider community

This broad approach is more effective than focusing on only one or two parts of school life.

Providing healthy and happy school environments for pupils and staff:

  • supports effective learning
  • prepares pupils with the tools, sound character and values they need

A whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing is a process, not a one-off activity.

It is good practice to audit what your school is doing to prevent and identify mental health problems early.

To audit mental health and inform action plans you can use the:

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