Lib Dems Prioritise Mental Health in Schools


The Liberal Democrat lead on Mental Health, Baroness Claire Tyler, and several party leaders have written to the Chief Inspector of Ofsted in regards to the new inadequate draft Ofsted framework.

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The framework currently does not include assessments of mental health support in schools and colleges.

Educational providers play a significant role in promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students, and it is vital that the Education Inspection Framework recognises and evaluates this obligation.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:

"The Ofsted inspection framework plays an influential role in how schools use and prioritise resources and funding.

"The Liberal Democrats want the framework to place more emphasis on the need for appropriate levels of mental health support in schools, especially since the Government has failed to fund mental health support adequately.

"Assessing schools and their mental health services properly can make a real impact on the wellbeing of students in Carshalton and Wallington. Mental health has always been a top priority in our schools, and an improved Ofsted framework can ensure that this remains the case in Sutton."

The role of Ofsted is to ensure that organisations providing educational and care services maintain a high standard for children and students including in mental health support and resources.


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