Of the 603 school leaders we surveyed, almost every last one called for more funding to tackle the growing problem of pupils’ suffering mental health issues, with the majority calling for Ofsted to inspect mental health provision.
Our national survey, conducted throughout November 2017 in partnership with The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, asked school leaders 10 questions regarding pupils’ mental health, we learned that:
Underfunding is placing pupils at risk and the problem is growing as a result
Over half of the school leaders we asked agreed that there is insufficient mental health provision for pupils in their school, and 97% said more funding must be made available – 83% said that mental health issues amongst pupils have increased in the past five years.
The promised training hasn’t been delivered
Two thirds of the school leaders we asked stated that there is still no dedicated staff member in their school who is trained in, or given responsibility for, pupils’ mental health, despite the Government’s pledge to provide mental health first aid training to schools.
Social media has an impact and parents must do more to help
86% of respondents agreed that social media has directly impacted pupils’ mental health, with 89% adding that parents should restrict the amount of time their child spends on the internet.
The DfE need to provide more guidance
93% of the school leaders we asked called on the DfE to release more guidance on how to tackle the growing issue of pupils’ mental health.
Click here to see the full report and the complete breakdown of results.