What next for mental health provision in schools?

27th March 2018 12:30-14:30

On Tuesday 27th March Rt Hon. Robert Halfon MP will host an event on behalf of NatCen Social Research and the Education Policy Institute, on the future of mental health in schools.

The Prime Minister has said that mental health is one of the “greatest social challenges of our time”. The recent Green Paper on improving mental health support for children and young people outlined the government’s proposed strategy, with schools set to play a central role.

A landmark report by NatCen, published last year, documented for the first time how schools and colleges are supporting mental wellbeing, and identifying and supporting pupils with mental health needs. The Department for Education commissioned this research to provide a basis for future policy and research, with many of the report’s findings providing evidence for proposals within the Green Paper.

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, will speak at the event, along with report author Neil Smith (NatCen). This will then be followed by a panel discussion by sector experts, chaired by Natalie Perera (EPI).

The panel includes Professor Leon Feinstein (Director of Evidence at Office of the Children’s Commissioner), Lisa Harker (Director of The Art Room at Place2Be), Dr Pooky Knightsmith (Author and Vice Chair of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition) and James Hollinsley (Author and Head of Longwood Primary Academy).

For further information about this event, please contact info@epi.org.uk