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Whole-school approach toolkit

Fully funded by the DfE, these evidence-based resources support a whole-school approach to improve wellbeing

Whole-school approach toolkit

Access to a whole-school approach action plan and accompanying resources to help you achieve a measurable improvement in wellbeing for your school community.  

What is in the toolkit?

  • Access to 90 minute live recordings of wellbeing webinars covering topics including bereavement and loss, anxiety, low mood, stress and trauma and signposting to helpful resources.
  • Staff CPD materials designed to support the cascading of key messages from the webinars to all teaching staff through recorded webinars and presentations.
  • Pupil voice activities that support pupils to promote their wellbeing and that of their peers.
  • Curriculum resources to support with high-quality, evidence-based teaching about mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Signposting and guidance including teaching activities to support the development of knowledge, skills and values for children to ask for help as well as information on different local and national sources of support to signpost children, families and professionals.
  • Whole school action plan tool to help coordinate and embed achievable change.
  • Staff survey to help measure impact and plan meaningful interventions for the whole school community. 

How do I use this toolkit effectively?

Follow our simple 5 step approach below:

  1. Appoint a mental health lead in school
  2. Use the Pupil Voice toolkit to conduct a pupil voice activity to identify need
  3. Develop a whole-school approach action plan, with the mental health lead meeting with the senior leadership team to complete this
  4. Cascade the Staff CPD module to all teaching staff
  5. Conduct a staff evaluation using the survey in the Staff CPD module and use the findings to inform next steps

I’ve got some questions, who can I ask?

For expert advice around embedding a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing in your school, contact our local adviser: josie.rayner-wells@norfolk.gov.uk

Download our Toolkit overview.

Staff CPD Materials

This toolkit will help you to cascade key messages from the wellbeing webinars, in an easy to access format for all teaching and support staff. The video recording can be downloaded and shared with staff to ensure the cascading of clear, consistent messaging. Alternatively, you may wish to download the Powerpoint slides and customise them to the bespoke needs of your school community. The staff survey provides a tool to measure staff wellbeing within your school.

This toolkit will include:

Pupil Voice Toolkit

This toolkit will help teachers and support staff to deliver impactful, age and stage appropriate pupil voice activities that support pupils to promote their wellbeing and that of their peers at this challenging time. The responses of pupils can be captured and used to inform the whole-school approach action plan, inform the curriculum, identify relevant resources and signpost to sources of support that improve wellbeing in your school.

This toolkit includes:

Curriculum Toolkit

This toolkit contains a variety of curriculum resources to support with high-quality, evidence-based teaching about mental health and wellbeing. It is the responsibility of individual schools to ascertain the age and stage appropriateness of each resource prior to use within the classroom.

This toolkit includes:

Signposting and guidance

This toolkit contains teaching activities to support the development of knowledge, skills and values for children to ask for help. It also contains information on different local and national sources of support to signpost children, families and professionals. It is the responsibility of individual schools to ascertain the appropriateness of each source of support.

This toolkit includes: