Wellbeing Measurement for Schools

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.

Click to see survey

Click to see example of report

Timeline for schools

Who is it for?

Wellbeing Measurement for Schools is for children and young people in Years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in mainstream schools.

For the 2019/2020 school year, we will also extend our programme to Years 10 and 11.

The programme is meant for schools in the UK, including Northern Ireland. 

Wellbeing Measurement for Schools is also used across local authorities, councils and school networks around the UK, who want to see how they can support and improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people within their local area or network. If you’re interested in using it across a group of schools then contact us at measuringwellbeing@annafreud.org to discuss your requirements. 

What exactly do we measure?

Our online Wellbeing Measurement Survey consists of a set of validated measures assessing your pupils’:

  • Mental health & wellbeing (emotional difficulties, behavioural difficulties)

  • Emotional strengths & skills (life satisfaction, empathy, self-esteem, problem solving, goal setting, participation in home and school, participation in community)

  • Support networks (peer support, school support, family support, wider support)

The survey takes 15 - 20 minutes. It is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers. Pupils are free to skip questions that they do not want to answer. Only pupils with consent from their parents and carers are allowed to participate (Opt-In Consent Process). Consent can be given by parents and carers through a school app or portal, by email, by SMS or in hard copy. 

We also have a great case study that tells you more about how to get a good response rate from your pupils when using surveys to measure wellbeing in schools:

Read the case study here

How to use your results?

The Wellbeing Measurement Report analyses the data from your school and compares it with data from other schools. The report provides a useful starting point for discussions about the wellbeing and experiences of pupils in your school.

The report can potentially be useful in:

  • Considering areas of strength and/or helping pupils reflect on their positive qualities

  • Indicating progress against targets in your School Improvement Plan or identifying future target areas

  • Identifying areas of priority for staff training

  • Offering context when considering academic data for these year groups.

Young people consulted in the development of Wellbeing Measurement for Schools feel that pupils should be included in discussions around the feedback, particularly to plan activities and approaches to raise awareness of strengths or difficulties the report may highlight.

How much does it cost?

£500 + VAT per year group regardless of size, including the Wellbeing Measurement Report, which will evaluate and summarise data per year group.

Join our partners at the Schools in Mind Network, a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. If you join the network, you only pay £300 + VAT per year group. You can find the discount code here.

Register now for School Year 2019/2020

What have schools told us about the programme?

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