How could effective measurement of wellbeing support a whole school approach?

This event, held in conjunction with the Education Policy Institute, brought together policymakers and school leaders to explore how we can support a whole school approach to children and young people’s wellbeing.

The global pandemic and consequent lockdowns have had a significant impact on the mental health of children and young people, with experts warning of ‘the worst ever’ child mental health crisis. Young people already faced serious challenges to their wellbeing prior to the pandemic but this will have only been worsened by COVID-19. 

The session considered the role of evidence in targeting wellbeing support and how we can build this into a whole school approach, what a whole school approach looks like and how multi-agency working can support a holistic approach to wellbeing.


  • Natalie Perera, CEO, Education Policy Institute
  • Professor Neil Humphrey. Sarah Fielden Chair in Psychology of Education, The University of Manchester 
  • Evelyn Forde MBE, Headteacher, Copthall School
  • Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health


This event was recorded on 22 June 2021.

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