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Mental Health in Schools Reality

Percentage of children with mental health needs who have at least one school exclusion
Percentage of children with mental health needs leaving primary with required reading, writing and maths
Number of children with an identified mental health need in England
Percentage of children with mental health needs who come from poor families

This must change.

Minds Ahead aspires for our schools to be world leaders in mental health. As award-winning social enterprise, Minds Ahead works with forward thinking schools, universities, think tanks, charities, local authorities, strategic partners and influential leaders to bring about change for the benefit of all schools. Minds Ahead are relentlessly focused on the potential for mental health in schools.

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Examples of our work

Senior Leaders Round Table Discussion

Minds Ahead partnered with the education think tank, LKMco, to co-host a expert discussions with senior leaders and politicians in the House of Commons. The subsequent report will be launched at a Westminster Briefing event.

Development Programme for the School Mental Health Lead

Minds Ahead designed and delivered the UK’s first development programme for senior school leaders who are taking on the challenges of leading whole school mental health.

Mental Health in Schools Quality Award

Minds Ahead designed and developed this innovative framework which schools use to evaluate their approach to mental health. 200+ schools across the UK and internationally are now using this tool.

New Teachers’ Mental Health Programme

Minds Ahead developed a comprehensive ITT mental health programme, fully compliant with the Carter Review. This has been delivered to multiple cohorts of new and trainee teachers.

Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Minds Ahead co-founded and is the co-partner of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools together with Leeds Beckett University. This is the UK’s first centre for mental health in schools.

Accredited counselling skills for schools

Minds Ahead developed an accredited level 3 counselling skills for schools course and delivered it to colleagues from international schools in partnership with Infinite Learning in Dubai.


Minds Ahead contributed to and is quoted in the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition Annual Report 2020

We highlight parts of the report and our response to these key elements:  The report calls for a continued investment and commitment […]

Black lives matter: the steps we have taken

Over the past months we’ve seen demonstrations globally in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of […]

Development of the new Post Graduate ‘School Mental Health Specialist’ course that launches in September 2021.

This innovative course is for the key colleagues working in schools and colleges providing mental health support to children and […]

Staying at home – Ways to wellbeing #coronatimes

We realise there is a lot of information online at the moment to support yourself and your family through these […]

Minds Ahead speaks to LBC news

On the 19th of March at 8.40am Shelly spoke with Liza Aziz on what Minds Ahead think the DfE should […]

Department for Education fails to integrate Mental Health into Safeguarding Policy

The Department for Education are consulting on changes to the main safeguarding policy used by schools and colleges, ‘Keeping Children […]

Key findings from the longest running health behaviour study of young people

A national survey of the health of secondary aged pupils was published in January 2020. The data was collected in […]

Developing the evidence-base: public mental health

Public mental health takes a population approach to mental health. This improves the coverage, outcomes and coordination of the prevention of […]

PISA Wellbeing data – what should a school leader take away from it?

The PISA Wellbeing data was released late December, by which time most people were winding down and getting ready for […]

Key take aways from the Teacher Wellbeing Survey

Tackling stress in our schools Almost three quarters of staff working in schools and colleges describe themselves as stressed, a […]

Three take aways from ‘Psychological health in teenage girls’ Chapter 4 of the first ‘State of the Nation’ report

Chapter 4 of the first ‘State of the Nation’ report on wellbeing was a deeper dive into the psychological health […]

6 questions for schools to consider following the State of the Nation report on wellbeing

The Department for Education released their first ‘State of the Nation’ report into children and young people’s wellbeing.  There is […]

International representation at the School Mental Health Specialist Design Group

I was privileged to attend a round table discussion at the House of Commons on the 9th October on the […]

Heather Madsen, Headteacher of Red Oak Primary school, Lowestoft, reflects on the first meeting of the School Mental Health Specialist Design Group

A gathering of professionals from a range of backgrounds across Educational settings and specialists in Mental Health attended Parliament on […]

Four proactive strategies for mental health in schools

The Department for Health and Social Care are consulting on a new strategy focused on ‘proactive, predictive and personalised care’ […]

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