Research this year found that of those students who do not attain five GCSEs at A* to C, around half say they “always” or “often” feel down or depressed.
Now, Resilience and Results has been produced by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition and is being sent free of charge to every school in England.
The publication offers advice on encouraging resilience in pupils, to support them both with academic success and life outside of the classroom. It focuses on strategies to prevent behavioural and emotional difficulties.
It also offers guidance around how schools can access funding options including commissioning additional support services and collaborating with local agencies. It signposts useful services and projects as well.
Mick Atkinson, chair of schools and colleges for the Coalition, said: “For too long the link between emotional wellbeing and academic achievement has been overlooked. Yet a child’s emotional and mental health inevitably impacts on their academic achievement and on their ability to achieve their overall potential in life.
“We are encouraged to see the government placing children, and early intervention, at the heart of its mental health strategy for the first time, and Resilience and Results will give teachers the tools they need to really embed emotional and mental wellbeing in their school cultures. In turn, schools will see improvements in the academic attainment of their pupils, and their schools will be healthier and safer environments.”
Download the publication at www.cypmhc.org.uk/media/common/uploads/Final_pdf.pdf