How children and young people feel at school has a major impact on how confident they are and how well they learn. There is no single measure for wellbeing, but the factors that contribute to it are interrelated and interdependent.

Most children and young people enjoy school, thrive and succeed. But for some, negative experiences, behaviours or emotions during the passage from childhood to adulthood can affect their wellbeing and lead to long-term negative consequences.

In 2012 the Prime Minister launched the Youth Mental Health Project, which aims to help prevent the development of mental health issues and improve young people’s access to youth mental health services. The Education Review Office (ERO) has contributed a series of evaluations and resources to this project.

Wellbeing for success: effective practice gives leaders, teachers and trustees examples of what works and why. We have also published Wellbeing for success: a resource for schools, which helps schools evaluate and improve student wellbeing. Together these build on and extend our previous work and reflect and complement the wellbeing components of the School Evaluation Indicators.

These publications will help leaders, teachers and trustees to better understand and respond to wellbeing challenges and to promote wellbeing for our children and young people. Looking after their wellbeing will support every student to become a confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learner.

Iona Holsted

Chief Review Officer Education Review Office

March 2016