How schools promote pupils’ mental wellbeing
Schools have long been are at the front line when it comes to identifying and helping children with mental heath problems.
But some heads wonder how much longer they can continue to provide in-school counselling and mentoring as budgets flatline and costs rise.
At Whalley Range High School in inner-city Manchester, students’ mental wellbeing is a priority.
“There is a lot of stress,” executive head teacher, Patsy Kane, told the BBC.
There is a waiting list for the school’s counselling service, funded from its general budget, and two specially trained support staff run a child protection service.
Teaching staff were “vigilant”, keeping an eye out for pupils showing raised levels of stress and anger, said Ms Kane.