Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental disorder and over half of mental health problems start by the age of 14. That means that schools have a crucial role in identifying children in need of help, and getting them that help. This is why I believe measuring pupils' wellbeing and mental health should form a part of OFSTED's inspection criteria.
Parents rightfully want to know that their child will be happy when going to school, and many schools are already doing amazing work on promoting better mental health. These efforts should be recognised when reviewing a school.
I've written to the Chief Inspector of OFSTED, Amanda Spielman, asking her to consider this. You can find that letter at the bottom of this article.
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