West Sussex Thriving in Education

West Sussex Thriving in Education guide

The guide references two national frameworks:

  1. The iThrive Framework for System Change developed by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
  2. The eight principles of a whole school and college approach GOV.UK.

West Sussex Thriving in Education Guide

The guide supports schools to embed key mental health and emotional wellbeing guidance, including:

  • Schools have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils, by developing approaches tailored to the particular needs of their pupils. All schools are under a statutory duty to promote the welfare of their pupils.

  • Schools should promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing through ' whole-school approach to pupil mental health, and by developing a trusted relationship with parents/carers and families that involves them in the conversation about the school’s ethos, and emphasises the importance of supporting mental health and regular attendance.

  • A school’s safeguarding responsibilities include preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development.

    Education staff are well placed to observe children day-to-day and identify those whose behaviour suggests that they may be experiencing a mental health problem or be at risk of developing one.

  • OFSTED will consider how the curriculum and the provider’s wider work support learners to develop their character – including their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy.