4 Things from the latest DfE guidance for a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing

Last week the DfE released their latest guidance offering help and support to schools and colleges as they they develop a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. They also announced that they would be offering grants for training to develop a senior mental health lead in every Primary and Secondary state school or college from autumn 2021.

We’ve picked out four key areas from the guidance that we think award winning Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning: Survey and Strategies can help you with.


1. “School staff may not feel confident to promote and support good mental health”

Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning provides schools with everything you need to support the wellbeing of your KS2 pupils.

Once pupils have completed the online survey, instant online reports will help you identify strengths and weaknesses and there are 30+ ready-made strategies to choose from so you can address areas of need, or to further improve good practice. All the strategies are evidence-based and as the tool was developed in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University and Coventry University, you can feel confident in your school’s approach to wellbeing.

2.  “Identifying need and monitoring impact”

Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning helps you to assess where your KS2 pupils are at in relation to four key areas of pupil wellbeing:

  • Positivity (Self-esteem, Optimism, Satisfaction, Class climate, School belonging)
  • Motivation (Intrinsic motivation, Extrinsic motivation, Support)
  • Self-efficacy (Emotional self-efficacy, Interpersonal self-efficacy, Academic self-efficacy)
  • Resilience and persistence

The pupil survey takes no longer than 20 minutes, and the online reporting with a colour coded system helps you quickly identify strengths and any areas of need for groups and individuals.

Reassessing pupils throughout the school year means you can monitor the impact of strategies over time and shape future planning.

3.  “Working with families”

Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning includes supporting resources to help you engage parents and carers, including information about what the survey measures and why, and advice on how to feedback survey results to families.

4.  “Young children and young people can also play an active role in creating a supportive school environment”

The Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning survey provides a safe space for pupils to voice how they’re feeling about school and their learning.There are also specific strategies and lesson plans that let pupils generate ideas which your school can then implement to improve children’s wellbeing and help build a positive and supportive school environment.

Find out more about Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning and try sample strategies with your class.


See how Tennyson Road Primary School use Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning with their pupils.







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