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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

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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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The mental health of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic: Insights on recent research

This report is part of a series developed in partnership with the Child Outcomes Research Consortium. This paper looks at […]

Mental health in schools: Belonging is essential for well-being

There is a robust link between having a sense of safety, belonging and well-being and the student’s engagement and performance in education.  Research […]

Teachers’ mental health and wellbeing: Recent report reveals that we must act now

 “It is time to start taking the mental health of our teachers and educators seriously.” – Education Support  The latest […]

Mental health support for parents and children in the UK: Parental judgement is harming mental health

A large scale research project by the Royal Foundation exploring the early years (0-5) has found that parental judgements are […]

Mental health facts in the UK: Mental health is created in communities

The final report by the Centre for Mental Health, The Commission for Mental Health Equality, is a key reading for […]

Summary of Mental Health & Wellbeing of England’s Children & Young People, 2020

In this video we present an infographic on the key points from two key government reports: DfE State of the […]

How happy are children and young people in Britain? – 2020 Good Childhood Report key findings

The Good Childhood Report (Oct 2020) undertaken by the Children’s Society, reports on the level of ‘subjective wellbeing’ and happiness […]

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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