Wise Up: Tell Ofsted to prioritise wellbeing in schools

Sign our open letter to Ofsted to call for wellbeing and mental health to be made a priority in schools.

 

There is a mental health crisis in our classrooms, with 3 children in every class estimated to have a diagnosable mental health condition.

School years are crucial in developing life-long good mental health and positive life outcomes, but schools are under so much pressure to achieve academically that it can be hard for them to give wellbeing the attention it needs.

We welcome Ofsted's announcement that it will no longer only focus on exam results and grades. But we need explicit commitment that the wellbeing of children will be a priority when their inspections are reviewed in January.

Please sign our open letter below, to Ofsted's Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, to end the mental health crisis in our classrooms. 

 

Dear Amanda Spielman,

There is a mental health crisis in our classrooms, with mounting evidence suggesting mental health problems in children and young people are on the rise.

As I’m sure you agree, schools have a crucial role to play in promoting positive mental health. Many schools are already doing excellent work in this area, which can have real benefits for students’ wider education. But this is not well enough reflected in the current inspection framework or in inspection reports.

This means that, when school leadership teams have to make difficult decisions about how to spend their limited budgets, it can be hard for them to make wellbeing initiatives a priority.

We very much welcome your recent announcement that the new inspection framework will no longer focus on exam results and grades. But we urge you to build on this by ensuring that wellbeing is at its heart.