Why do it?

In an average class of 30 15-year-old pupils:

  • three could have a mental disorder
  • ten are likely to have witnessed their parents separate
  • one could have experienced the death of a parent
  • seven are likely to have been bullied
  • six may be self-harming

Ofsted has highlighted that children and young people themselves say that they want to learn more about how to keep themselves emotionally healthy. Moreover schools have a duty to promote the wellbeing of students. (Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: A whole school and college approach)

A Resilient school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to emotional health and wellbeing. It is a school that helps children feel included, learn and succeed by providing opportunities for them, and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience. A resilient school sees positive emotional health and wellbeing as fundamental to its values, mission and culture. It is a school where child, staff and parent/carer emotional health and wellbeing is seen as ‘everybody’s business’.


The new Ofsted Framework acknowledges the importance of this stream of work. Ofsted will want to understand how all schools:

  • Lead and develop a whole-school approach to support mental health and wellbeing.
  • Monitor whole-school, PSHE and other strategies and activities that contribute to improvement priorities.
  • Use approaches and activities, structures and staff within the school to promote the personal development, behaviour and the welfare of children.
  • Develop in-school support strategies e.g. buddy systems or mentors.
  • Have developed links to external support services via other agencies such as local specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and the broader range of local support services such as early help or voluntary sector organisations.
  • Support the needs of particular groups or individual children and their families, including pupils facing greater disadvantage who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), looked after children, those with medical needs and those with mental health needs.
  • Manage risks such as bullying and discriminatory and prejudicial behaviour

Inspectors will also assess the way in which newly qualified teachers are inducted, mentored and developed – particularly in dealing with behaviour.

The Award

The Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing has been developed as a way of verifying that the resilience toolkit has been carried out to a standard that meets with the guidance provided by Public Health England. The Award is given by Kent County Council and The National Lottery Community Fund. Applying for the Award gives schools and settings an opportunity to have their work reviewed and validated. The Award criteria are is linked to the 8 principles of ‘Promoting Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing – Whole School and College Approach’ by Public Health England.


Latest schools to qualify for the Quality Mark Award

Schools that have successfully implemented the Resilience Toolkit and received the School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing can be found listed here:

  • ​​​​​​​Homewood School and Sixth Form – Tenterden
  • ​​​​​​​Westlands School – Sittingbourne
  • St George’s Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs