What is staff mental health and wellbeing in a school setting? 

Governors can help transform their schools’ approach to staff wellbeing and mental health. But before they can do so, governors need some underlying knowledge and understanding of the terminology and issues involved.  The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every…

Pupil Mental Health and Wellbeing Q&A

Kingmoor Infant and Nursery School recently became the first school in Cumbria to be awarded the AcSEED Award.  Headteacher Nicky Corfield and Youth Mental Health Champion Nikki Hall, answer some of our questions about their school’s approach to mental health and wellbeing in this Q&A. 1. Should schools…

How can governors help protect LGBT pupils’ mental health & wellbeing?

This guest blog from Stonewall discusses why it’s important that schools have a particular focus on LGBT pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, and the role governors can play in ensuring this happens.  In the context of the Coronavirus pandemic, schools and colleges have had to find new ways of…

What do wellbeing governors do and what experience do you need? 

Link governors for wellbeing – or wellbeing governors – are the dedicated point of contact on a school governing board about mental health and wellbeing provision.   While it’s not a statutory role, many schools recognise the importance of having link governors for wellbeing,…

How will increased remote working affect the future of school governance?

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in April, 46.6% of adults in employment in the UK were doing some work from home. This figure is expected to rise in the coming years as more workplaces adapt and see the benefits that a flexible approach to the traditional 9-5 can…

How can link governors for SEND help children participate fully in school life?

Grace Maryon is a governor at Greatfields academy in Barking, London. Grace talks about her experience as a link governor, and how she helps children with SEND fully participate in the life of the school. “I’m a governor at Greatfields Academy, which is a community school that primarily serves…

Becoming a governor at a SEND school

Mark Twigg is a governor at a special school in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. He shares his experience of joining the board without any specific experience in SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) and the impact he’s had on the children and their experience of education.  “I’ve been a governor…

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