Leeds Beckett University introduce new mental health quality kitemark

With mental health a key focus in the modern era for schools across the country, Leeds Beckett University have introduced a mental health quality kitemark that will reward schools for supporting the wellbeing of their staff and students.
Schools who wish to take part in the initiative will be asked to self-assess their approach to mental health, a process that could be supported by a health and wellbeing consultation by a senior member of Evolve staff.
A plan will then be produced by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools that has been established at Leeds Beckett University. Actions will incorporate an overview of the leadership, strategy and organisational structure at the school, whilst looking at proactive initiatives to support staff, pupils and parents and carers.
Schools are also encouraged to work with external services to support the development of a whole-school approach to health and wellbeing. Following the launch of Evolve’s health and wellbeing assessment toolkit just last month, schools across the country are already utilising Health Mentors against their school development plan to improve and track the progress of their methods to support wellbeing.
Leeds Beckett University are clearly taking a proactive approach to supporting the growing concern of diminishing health and wellbeing levels for staff and pupils across the country. Two years ago they formulated a study into the effective work Evolve Health Mentors are undertaking in schools.
Research presented in the 25-page document explained, ‘Evolve Mentors were seen building meaningful and positive relationships with children and school staff, by quickly establishing themselves as positive role models who provide important social and learning support. This led to increased confidence and self-efficacy, both for pupils and class teachers’.
The study concluded, ‘Project HE:RO has the potential to improve the longer-term health outcomes and academic progress of pupils’.
The report released in December 2015 can be found here.