A survey of 1180 school leaders (carried out by management support service, The Key) has revealed that two thirds of head teachers consider pupils’ mental health their top concern in regards to well-being. Closely followed by this was domestic violence and cyber bullying.
Leader of the ASCL heads’ union, Brian Lightman, has said it is difficult for head teachers to get support for their pupils from local child mental health services.
“There certainly has been an increase in the number of pupils who are displaying different types of mental health problems,
“It’s often arising from difficult home backgrounds or a form of abuse or other types of mental health issues such as ADHD,” he said.
Research taken place for The Key also found that the number of schools employing counsellors or voluntary services is increasing. According to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy it is estimated that between 64% and 80% of secondary schools in England now offer some…