Pupil wellbeing – resources for governors
Wellbeing governors champion mental health and wellbeing for the whole school. They keep mental health and wellbeing on the agenda by asking questions about the school’s provision and support.
We’re here to support you as a wellbeing governor so that children’s, young people’s, and staff’s mental health is looked after at school.Read more about the campaign
Wellbeing governors have a varied role and we’re here to support those of you already in the role, those preparing for it, and governing boards talking more generally about wellbeing.
Use the resources below to help make sure your school is prioritising mental health and wellbeing in the most effective way.
Pupil wellbeing impact report
Read about the impact term 1 of the Wellbeing Governors campaign has had on schools and volunteers across the country.
eLearning course: children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Wellbeing Governors: children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is the first of three eLearning modules we are producing as part of our Wellbeing Governors campaign. It looks at some of the most common mental health issues that children and young people experience and what school leaders and governors can do to promote wellbeing and improve mental health in schools.Start course
Self-review activity - Pupil wellbeing post-Covid-19
We’ve created a self-review for governors to assess their school’s response to pupil wellbeing in the post-Covid-19 period.
It’s interactive, so you can complete the review online and download the PDF to share with your governing board.
Questions for school governors to ask school leaders about pupil mental health and wellbeing
We’ve put together two lists of example questions for governors to ask to find out what mental health and wellbeing provision in the school is like, and how it can be as effective as possible.
Questions to ask around the return to school post Covid-19 lockdown
Questions to ask about mental health and wellbeing provision more generally
Supporting pupil wellbeing from a strategic position
We’ve put together some key points raised during our webinar panel about supporting pupil wellbeing from a strategic position. Read the summary for an overview of the discussion.
Questions for school governors to consider when developing and maintaining a mentally healthy school
These questions from Place2Be offer a guide for school governors in considering the different areas relevant when thinking with the headteacher and school leadership team about how to support them in developing their school’s mental health strategy. The questions are devised both to:
• Provoke governor’s understanding of mental themes relevant to the school community
• Enhance discussion between governors and the headteacher/ senior leadership team of the school in relation to the relevant themesSee questions
Wellbeing governor role description
Mental health and wellbeing is an integral undertaking in schools and needs to be considered throughout all aspects of the school experience. The link governor role creates a connection between the governing board and the wider school/Trust and is focused on supporting the school to embed its mental health and wellbeing provision across the entire school.Read more
Hope Virgo - why is talking about mental health so important in schools?
Hope Virgo is an author, public speaker, and mental health campaigner. Listen to Hope talk about mental health in schools, the difficulties children and young people have faced due to the coronavirus pandemic, and why wellbeing governors are so important.
How can governors help create inclusive schools? Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton, Stonewall
Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton, Education & Youth Lead at Stonewall, talks about the need for schools to have schools a particular focus on LGBT pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Sidonie also highlights the additional challenges LGBT children and young people face, and how governors can ensure schools are thoroughly inclusive.
Mental health and wellbeing at Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School, Carlisle
Nicky Corfield, Headteacher, and Nikki Hall, Youth Mental Health Champion at Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School, Carlisle, talk about Kingmoor’s approach to mental health and wellbeing and how they became the first school in Cumbria to be awarded The AcSeed Award.