We understand that priorities, needs and budgets differ. We can work with you to select the most appropriate monitoring and evaluation approach. We can help you to:

  • Find out how children and young people in your schools and colleges are feeling with validated pupil surveys that assess the emotional wellbeing, mental health and resilience of pupils
  • Understand school staff wellbeing, the effectiveness of support systems and the knowledge and understanding of mental health in school and college settings through using specially designed staff surveys.
  • Measure the impact of specific interventions and understand what difference both targeted and universal interventions are really making.
  • Show the impact of provision by comparing your data with data from children in schools around the country. Our analysis and reporting can help you to identify successes and challenges.  
Measuring pupil wellbeing

In collaboration with the Evidence Based Practice Unit, we offer Wellbeing Measurement for Schools, an approach that supports primary and secondary schools to understand particular strengths and challenges for their pupils, inform the planning of prevention or help, assesses the impact of support year on year and enables schools to compare this data with other schools across the country.

Find out more about our service offer for schools

You can also contact us at measuringwellbeing@annafreud.org

Other Links: 

  1. Online Registration to participate in Wellbeing Measurement for Schools
  2. Wellbeing Measurement Pupil Survey
  3. Wellbeing Measurement Report
  4. Blog: Perspective of a former headteacher on mental health support in schools
Measuring staff wellbeing

Through our work with schools, we know that the wellbeing of the staff team is a high priority. If we want our school staff to do what is asked of them, then we need to make sure that their mental health and wellbeing is effectively supported too. 

When their wellbeing is a priority, staff feel better equipped to support the wellbeing of the children and young people they work with and build trust and motivation, which is crucial for well-functioning school setting. To help schools better understand how staff are feeling, we have developed Wellbeing Measurement for Schools – Staff Survey.

The online staff survey uses validated tools to understand how staff are feeling about the support systems in the school, their own mental wellbeing, about the ability and capacity to support the children and young people in the school and it also explores aspects of school culture which may be affecting staff wellbeing. 

You can review the responses in the final survey report, which you can share with staff and governors.

The Staff Survey can be completed alongside the Pupil Survey or on its own. 

For further information:

Download our Staff Survey Brochure

CORC support and resources for schools

In addition to Wellbeing Measurement for Schools, we also offer tailored support to help schools (individually and as clusters) to monitor wellbeing and measure the impact of specific interventions and understand what difference both targeted and universal interventions are really making. This could help with identification and support, as well as evaluation and improvement.

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

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

For free resources about measuring the mental wellbeing in schools, please visit our:

Resources for Schools page

5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing: a framework for schools and colleges

Our colleagues at the Anna Freud Centre created 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework - a simple, free and interactive tool to help schools and colleges develop a whole setting approach, which is based on 5 key areas: Leading Change, Working Together, Understanding Need, Promoting Wellbeing and Supporting Staff. 

Each of the 5 steps includes practical actions that education professionals can take and is supported by evidence based practice, free or low cost resources, and case studies from schools and colleges. Schools and colleges can also create their own bespoke 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing action planning tool.
To support schools and colleges sufficiently, the framework has been developed by teachers and mental health experts, including the Child Outcomes Research Consortium, who collaborated with the Anna Freud Centre on two of the five steps: 1) Understand Need and 2) Supporting Staff. Thanks to our experience and expertise in measuring children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, we are able to support schools and colleges in better understanding the needs of their pupils and monitor the impact of the support they provide through using specially designed pupil and staff surveys and analysis that can help identify successes and challenges. 

Access the full framework here

HeadStart Learning Team

We also have experience of evaluating large scale projects including HeadStart, set up by the National Lottery Community Fund, which aims to improve the mental wellbeing of 10-to 16-year olds by testing a wide range of interventions in schools and the community at six different pilot areas across the country. 

School interventions include whole school, year group and class level support, such as education around what mental health is and what to do when experiencing a mental health problem. Other interventions, such as one-to-one counselling sessions, are for particular groups of young people e.g. those who are at higher risk of developing a mental health problem.

Visit the HeadStart Learning Team Website

Other links:

Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges Link Programme

CORC is part of the evaluation and delivering team of the Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges Link Programme. 

The Link Programme is a national initiative funded by the Department for Education, supported by NHS England and led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families working with 13 partners, including CORC. It will reach every school and college in England over the next four years (starting September 2019), identifying children and young people’s needs at an early stage and equipping professionals to support them. 

The Link Programme has a simple aim: to bring together education and mental health professionals so that more children and young people get the help and support they need when they need it. The training will be rolled out to schools and colleges in phases over four years, being offered to up to 22,000 schools and colleges, including alternative provision settings.

The Link Programme will deliver just under 1,000 training sessions across England involving two whole-day workshops for up to 20 schools at a time to cover all 22,000 schools, encouraging collaborative work so children do not fall between the cracks or experience poor transition between services.

One in nine young people aged 5 to 15 had a diagnosable mental health condition in 2017 and teenagers with a mental health disorder are more than twice as likely to have a mental disorder in adulthood. This package of measures is part of the Government’s plan to improve mental health support for children and young people, including identifying mental health issues before they become more acute.



Find out more about the Link Programme

Other links: 

  • The workshops use the CASCADE framework to help attendees find ways of working together more effectively to better support CYP’s mental health.
Schools in Mind Network

As part of the learning partnership with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, CORC are able to mobilise their resources and expertise to effectively deliver the thinking, practice and research to help provide children and young people and families with the right support in a collaborative and innovative way, for example through the Schools in Mind Network.

Schools in Mind is a free network for education professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise about mental health and wellbeing in schools and FE colleges. The network aims to translate research into practice by providing evidence-based, accessible information and resources that can be used to embed good mental health across the whole school community. Join the free Schools in Mind network today.


Subscribe to Schools in Mind

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