A survey of over 1,000 head teachers has revealed that two-thirds are more concerned about their pupils’ mental health than any other issue related to wellbeing. The number of pupils suffering with mental health issues and how the school is supposed to deal with it is causing school leaders more distress than domestic violence and cyberbullying.
One of the main reasons why head teachers are finding it so difficult to cope with these issues is because of the lack of funding that goes into it. Last year alone more than half of councils in England had cut or frozen budgets for child and adolescent mental heath.
Despite growing concerns, the leader of the ASCL heads’ union, Brian Lightman commented about how difficult it is for head teachers to obtain the right support for their pupils:
“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. Head teachers are finding it difficult to provide the necessary support required for this and are finding it hard to access local child mental health services.”
The data, which was collected by Management Support Service, The Key also found that an increasing number of schools are employing their own counsellors or drawing on voluntary services in a bid to improve the wellbeing of their pupils. It is estimated that between 64% and 80% of secondary schools in England now offer some form of counselling to help tackle the increasing number of mental health issues that are affecting youngsters.
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