Mental health trials launch in schools
The government has announced that up to 370 schools in England will take part in a series of trials testing different approaches to supporting young people’s mental health including: mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them regulate their emotions. Led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in partnership with University College London the study will run until 2021, and aims to give schools evidence about what works best for their students’ mental health and wellbeing.
Source: Department for Education & NSPCC
Children and young people’s mental health
NHS England has published a ten year plan to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. Measures outlined in the plan include: investing in and expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs of more children and young people; expanding the provision of timely, age-appropriate mental health crisis services for children and young people; embedding mental health support in schools and colleges and developing a new approach to young adult mental health services for people aged 18-25 to support the transition to adulthood.
Source: NHS England Date: 07 January 2019 & NSPCC
Further information: The NHS Long Term Plan (PDF)
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Read more on NSPCC Learning: Improving local mental health services for children who have experienced abuse or neglect
UK Youth Parliament launch action against knife crime
The UK Youth Parliament has launched a campaign calling for a reduction in knife crime across the UK The campaign ‘Action against knife crime’ calls on the government to combat violence through education in schools and community groups. 1.1 million young people declared knife crime a top concern in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot. The organisation is also campaigning to lower the voting age to 16.
Source: UK Youth Parliament Date: 25 January 2019
School complaints procedures: guidance for schools
The Department for Education (DfE) has published best practice guidance for school complaints procedures 2019. The guidance outlines procedures for dealing with complaints and includes a model complaints procedure for governing bodies to tailor to their school.
Source: DfE Date: 11 January 2019 & NSPCC
Further information: Best practice guidance for school complaints procedures 2019
Changes to the education inspection framework: consultation
Ofsted has published consultation proposals on how they inspect schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers in England, to take effect from September 2019. Proposals include a revised framework to focus inspection on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data. The consultation closes on 05 April 2019.
Source: Ofsted Date: 16 January 2018 & NSPCC
Further information: The education inspection framework (PDF)