The Somerset Wellbeing Framework uses the eight principles model developed by Public Health England to achieve an holistic approach to wellbeing. The principles underpin an effective whole-school approach and provide the scaffolding needed to cover every aspect of school life.
A whole-school approach recognises that wellbeing is the responsibility of everyone, whether you’re the headteacher, site manager, teacher, pupil or parents. 10% of pupils are known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE, 2015); a statistic that doesn’t account for pupils who struggle but are yet to ask for help, or account for how many members of staff may have difficulties they keep hidden. A whole-school approach sends the message that there is no difference between people with diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues, and no judgement towards these people.
If a school has a whole-school approach to pupil mental health it means the school is ensuring that wellbeing is at the heart of its community. Having the wellbeing of both pupils and staff as a core value of a school not only improves morale and performance, but normalises conversations about mental health, enabling people to speak out sooner if they are struggling or worried about someone else.