Schools and colleges are using a broad range of approaches to support the mental wellbeing and resilience of their pupils. Members of staff, however, do not always feel equipped to assess the particular priorities for their populations, to identify those pupils who require more support, or to evaluate whether the approaches they invest in are having the intended impact.
CORC has over a decade of experience in measuring and monitoring children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. Our team of mental health measurement experts can work together with schools, colleges and other education providers to measure the impact of the social, emotional and wellbeing support they provide. We can do this in the following ways:
1. CORC for Schools membership, which offers:
- Tools for evaluation of mental health and wellbeing interventions, including comparison of findings with attendance and attainment data
- Dedicated support and training on how to interpret findings and use them to shape child-centred support
- Opportunity to share and learn from a network of mental health providers, schools, service user groups and researchers
- Invitations to national and regional learning events with experts in mental health and emotional wellbeing
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, 130 schools are being offered free support to conduct wellbeing surveys over a period of three years using the Wellbeing Measurement Framework. The Framework is a set of validated measures assessing children's emotional wellbeing, mental health issues, coping strategies and risk and resilience factors.
Participating schools will be supported in administering a secure online survey. Bespoke feedback reports will provide evidence of strengths and challenges, and help schools plan support. Schools will be able to see change over time, and gauge the impact of support they are providing.
Find out more about this project here. Expressions of interest are invited up to 13 October 2017.
Resources for schools
Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people: free interactive eLearning module aiming to increase the awareness, understanding and confidence of non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit for Schools: CORC have collaborated with Public Health England and Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families to publish a toolkit for schools and colleges to measure and monitor children and young people’s wellbeing. This aims to raise awareness of the range of tools available to school staff to measure wellbeing and evaluate the mental health needs of their pupils.
Measuring and Monitoring Children and Young People's Mental Health: training video for schools on how to measure and evaluate wellbeing interventions
CORC for Schools Membership
Find out more about what's included in our membership offer for schoolsMembership Models
Interactions with CORC have been useful and helpful – clear discussions and support in thinking about what it is I am trying to doSchool intervention coordinator, Leeds
Supports schools and colleges by providing information to staff about the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst pupils.
Access the toolkit here