CORC has over a decade of experience in measuring children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. We support education providers to understand the needs of their pupils and monitor the impact of the support they provide.

We can help you with: 

  1. Understanding the big picture: measure strengths and difficulties across year groups using Wellbeing Measurement for Schools
  2. Evaluation and improvement: through bespoke support or CORC for School Membership 
  3. Free resources and guidance for schools: helping you to plan your own approach

1. Wellbeing Measurement for Schools 

CORC and the Evidence Based Practice Unit have developed this approach to enable individual schools to: 

1. Access an online Wellbeing Measurement Survey 2. Receive a Wellbeing Measurement Report 3. Be supported by our expert team

Our survey consists of a set of validated measures assessing your pupils’:

  • Mental health & wellbeing

  • Emotional strengths & skills 

  • Support networks 

Designed for Years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. 

Analysing responses for your school: 

  • The number of pupils scoring in a low or elevated range for each survey area

  • Comparator data to benchmark your results with those of other schools 

  • Any groups for which scores are significantly different. 

  • Written guidance, instructions and templates for every step of the process

  • Access to expert led webinars to help interpret the report and plan for change

  • Responses to individual queries from our team. 

Who is it for? 

Wellbeing Measurement for Schools is currently for children in Years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in mainstream schools.  We intend to extend to colleges soon. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer it to Special Schools and PRUs at this time. 

How much does it cost?

"Our children completed the WMfS survey on I-pads and we thought that it was a very straightforward process. Gaining consent from parents was a challenge as the letter method of communication is notoriously difficult regardless of the topic; now we have a ‘parent app’ in place, we hope that gaining consent from parents will be easier. I really valued the use of standardised questions and I think that it is meaningful to have all schools asking the same questions of their pupils. The results from the survey are interesting and we are hopeful that our strategies around Wellbeing, such as setting up a pupil lead Wellbeing Council, will have a positive impact on any future survey results." - Holy Rosary RC Primary School

"The process for administering the WMfS in  our school was really smooth and CORC supported us throughout; we found it really useful to have our full Pastoral team and our Data Manager on board from the beginning and everyone worked well together. The report we got back has been valuable ; we plan to share it with our Parent Forum in the near future and it has gone side by side with our recent Ofsted inspection which confirmed areas of strength." - Freehold Community Primary Academy

“The report we received from our WMfS has been interesting and backed up things I felt were happening around areas of strength and challenge. The results are going to feed into our school action plan around Wellbeing and we also want to engage our children in the results through our School Council, so will be working on ways to do this meaningfully. Administering the survey could not have been easier but we would recommend that other schools rolling this out, tailor the covering letter for their parents to make it more meaningful and engaging for them.” - St. Matthew's C of E Primary School

2. Bespoke support and CORC for Schools Membership

We offer tailored support to help schools (individually and as clusters) to measure and monitor wellbeing. This could help with:

  • Identification and support
  • Evaluation and improvement

Signing up for CORC for Schools membership gives schools access to free advice, tools and a programme of training and learning events. We can also offer support on a costed day-rate basis. Our day-rates are subsidised for CORC members.

For further information about how CORC can support you, please contact us at or on 020 7443 2225. 

3. Free resources and guidance for schools

Measuring the Mental Wellbeing of Children and Young People in Education

A brief overview booklet introducing wellbeing measurement in schools to get you started.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit for Schools

A detailed how-to guide on measuring wellbeing, including information about a range of validated mental health and wellbeing questionnaires and case studies.

CORC Measures Hub

A comprehensive hub of information and downloadable measures.

Measuring and Monitoring Children and Young People's Mental Health

Free training - A 30-minute training video for schools on how to measure wellbeing and evaluate interventions.

E-learning: Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people.

An interactive introduction - just 45 minutes and 7 easy steps to get you started, suitable for non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Schools in Mind 

A free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares academic and clinical expertise about wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools.


Find out about our work as one of the Learning Team for HeadStart, a major programme funded by Big Lottery, to trial initiatives for improving resilience in children and young people who may be facing challenges to their emotional wellbeing.


An online database of measures, addressing social, psychological, emotional, concepts of self, and resilience domains.

Mentally Healthy Schools

A legacy project of the Heads Together campaign, Mentally Healthy Schools brings together hundreds of quality-assured resources for school staff and parents, plus advice and guidance developed in conjunction with Place2Be and YoungMinds. The site is free to access and use for schools across England.

Do you need help measuring wellbeing in your school?

Registrations for this academic year are now officially closed. If you still want to take part this year, email us at for further information. If you want to participate next academic year, online registrations will be open again from January 2019.

The Wellbeing Measurement for Schools report has been really helpful and is a great way to show why our work at Crompton, to address emotional health and wellbeing difficulties, is so important. Being able to compare our data to the national context is useful and reassuring; we now understand that we are experiencing challenges in the same areas that other schools are experiencing challenges. The process and time line for administering the survey was clear and working closely with Office staff was a crucial success factor as well; we would recommend electronic communication with parents where possible as this will help to improve response rates for consent.

Crompton Primary School

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 school staff.
Find out more here