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Supporting good mental health: Two case studies

The impact of the pandemic has exacerbated mental health and wellbeing challenges for many students. From wellbeing rooms to the five tiers of mental health support, Emma Lee-Potter looks at how two schools are acting to support pupil wellbeing

Kesteven and Sleaford High School

When the pandemic struck in March 2020 Debbie Collett knew that young people’s mental health issues were bound to be magnified.

Her fears proved right. Across the country, while some pupils enjoyed being at home during lockdown and were relatively resilient, others felt anxious, lonely and isolated. Often unable to get up in the morning, they found it difficult to motivate themselves to get on with their learning.

Determined to work out how best to support students at Kesteven and Sleaford High School, a girls’ grammar in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, once they were back in school, Ms Collett, assistant headteacher (pastoral and wellbeing), decided to survey staff, pupils and parents.

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