Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The Anna Freud National Centre has a mission to transform the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health.
They have published a series of resources to help support school staff and to provide them with information about how to work with children and young people, including those with SEN. These resources can be found on their website.
In addition, they have published a series of resources to help support parents and carers minimize the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people. These resources can be found on their website.
In October 2020 they launched the 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework that offers support to schools and colleges on developing a whole-setting approach to mental health and wellbeing.
The PSHE Association
The PSHE Association provides a range of resources including:
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing lesson plans for KS1- KS4
These free lesson plans will enable schools to cover relevant content from the government’s statutory Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE guidance. PowerPoint versions are available exclusively to Association members. The lesson plans are available here.
PSHE Education planning framework for pupils with SEND for KS1- KS4
This PSHE education planning framework addresses the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in both special school and mainstream settings. This can support pupils who are not able to access the mainstream RSE guidance content and is available here.
The Sleep Factor lesson plans and PowerPoints for KS1–KS4
Launched in October 2020 these lesson plans were developed in partnership with the Department of Children’s Sleep Medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and are available here. They are free for members of the PSHE Association (membership for schools is £125 per year). These lessons help students:
- recognise what good quality sleep is and why it is important
- identify habits and routines that promote good quality sleep
- understand how sleep patterns change during adolescence
The Mind website has information about mental health and wellbeing for young people and how they can find support. Mind has information for young people to help them understand how they are feeling; how they can find support; how they can talk to their friends and family about their mental health and much more.
DfE: Teacher Guidance on Mental Wellbeing
These Department for Education resources for primary and secondary schools are designed to help train staff about teaching mental wellbeing. This initial training module supports the physical health and mental wellbeing section of the statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum. It is the first of a series of 14 modules from the Government, with the aim of supporting schools to implement the new subject guidance.
The mental wellbeing teacher training module will help subject leads and teachers understand what they should teach, and improve their confidence in delivering mental wellbeing as part of the new curriculum.
The resources are available here.
Public Health England
Public Health England have produced a range of resources to support pupil's physical and mental wellbeing. Resources include lesson plans, PowerPoints, classroom tips, activities and embedded videos. The lesson plans include:
- What to do about worry? Lesson plan pack for Year 6
- Transition to secondary school: Lesson plan pack for KS2
- Social media: Lesson plan pack for Year 6, KS3 and KS4
- Sleep lesson: Lesson plan pack for Year 6, KS3 and KS4
The lesson plans are available from their website here.