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  • 12th Jan 2021

Supporting students through the pandemic

A practical guide to mental wellbeing for sixth form colleges

Key findings

  • Between 2017 and 2020, the proportion of 11 - 16 year olds with a probable #mentalhealth disorder rose by 40%. 📈 Our new guide with @SFCA_info suggests 12 ways schools and colleges can support their students' wellbeing. 😊
  • 📓 81% of senior leaders school and college rated their students’ mental health and wellbeing as a top priority in a survey last year. What can schools and colleges do to support their students' wellbeing? Today we publish our guide with 12 practical suggestions, in collaboration with @SFCA_info.

Even before the announcement of exam cancellations and a return to remote learning, teachers and students were facing some major challenges. 10 months into the coronavirus pandemic, we’re beginning to understand just how big an impact it has had on young people’s mental wellbeing. The largest UK study so far suggests that the proportion of 11 – 16 year olds with a probable mental health disorder has risen by 40% between 2017 and 2020.

But with time and resources stretched, and a new lockdown moving us back to remote learning, what can schools and colleges actually do to support student wellbeing? Over the past six months, we’ve teamed up with the Sixth Form Colleges Association to answer this question.

Our new guide for mental wellbeing in sixth form colleges suggests 12 strategies that colleges could try. All these ideas are low-cost and require limited time investment from teachers. We hope they can supplement the things that colleges are already doing.