Mental Health: Children

Department for Education written question – answered at on 22 July 2022.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of training for (a) teachers, (b) school staff, and (c) sports coaches to support children with their emotional and mental wellbeing.

Photo of Brendan Clarke-Smith Brendan Clarke-Smith The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

To support schools and colleges to introduce effective approaches to mental health and wellbeing, the department has committed to offer all state schools and colleges a grant to train a senior mental health lead by 2025. Over 8,000 schools and colleges, have taken up the offer so far and we have recently confirmed £10 million in grants this financial year, to offer training to two thirds of schools and colleges by March 2023.

The department has accelerated the delivery of a new training module for teachers on mental wellbeing to help all schools increase their confidence and the quality of their relationships, health and sex education (RSHE) teaching practice, details for which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-about-mental-wellbeing.

In autumn 2021, the department launched National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to support teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in specialist areas of teaching practice. The NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture supports teachers in how they can affect and improve the wellbeing, motivation, and behaviour of pupils in the classroom. Full details of this NPQ can be accessed here: https://nsc.northerneducationtrust.org/cpd-offers/national-professional-qualifications/npq-in-leading-behaviour-and-culture-npqlbc/#:~:text=The%20National%20Professional%20Qualification%20in%20Leading%20Behaviour%20and,or%20roles%20with%20other%20pastoral%20responsibilities.%20Modules%20include.

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