Mental Health and Wellbeing: Towards a Whole School Approach

Nurturing the health and wellbeing of pupils is a key facet of holistic education for human flourishing as exemplified in the Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good. It should not be seen as a stand-alone item but as part of an embedded approach across the school’s ethos, linking with other aspects of health education, spiritual development, the wider school curriculum and the ethos and policies that underpin the school.

This guidance from the Church of England Education Office aims to support Church of England schools to evaluate their current provision and to consider ways of embedding what they do in line with their Christian vision so that it becomes integrated into their school culture and ethos. It offers tools and resources which may complement or refine practices they are already engaged with. In addition it offers schools a framework to prepare for this aspect of their Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). It is meant to be a thought-provoking and useful document rather than a prescriptive document.

Guidance from Winston’s Wish about talking to children about deaths due to coronavirus:

The Centre for Mental Health have published a helpful briefing on children's mental health during this time:

How can you make conversations about your child's feelings part of everyday conversation? Here is advice & guidance for parents & carers with children in primary school. Download now:

Prayer Spaces in Schools Resources

Prayer Spaces in Schools have created a handful of 5 simple prayer activities to use in your home with your families, whether you're self-isolating or self-distancing these are fun, practical and simple ways of praying during this time. the themes are:

1. Keep Me Safe

2. Keep Others Safe

3. Get Well Soon

4. Help the Helpers

5. Love > (is bigger than) Fear

You can download them all for free here: