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well-being (1)
Boy in walking frame

Monitoring and evaluating your work to improve emotional wellbeing within the whole school relates directly to the Ofsted Evaluation Schedule (January 2012).

Monitoring and evaluation

The Ofsted Evaluation Schedule includes four judgements to be made and the four graded judgements will determine the overall effectiveness of a school.

There are four judgements are:

  • Achievement;
  • Teaching;
  • Behaviour;
  • Leadership and management (including social, moral, spiritual and cultural development).
Monitoring well-being (2)
The Good Childhood Report from the Children's Society, also published in January 2012, notes:
  • School and education are key factors that influence children's well-being;
  • More than 80% of the children it surveyed said that 'it was very important for them to do well in
    their school work'.
More worryingly, it notes:
  • 7% of children do not feel safe at school;
  • Three-fifths of these children are unhappy with their school life as a whole.

Promoting positive well-being
Pupil at desk choosing a drink

There were six policy priorities highlighted by the Good Childhood Report.
It said children should have:

  • The right conditions to learn and develop;
  • A positive view of themselves and an identity that is respected;
  • Enough of the items and experiences that matter to them;
  • Positive relationships with their families and friends;
  • A safe and suitable home environment and local area;
  • The opportunity to take part in positive activities that help them thrive.

Pupil and adult openmouthed at each other

The key evaluation questions arising from the framework for inspection which relate to monitoring emotional wellbeing and behaviour are:

  • Does the school have robust systems in place to ensure the most vulnerable child is protected from harm?
  • Is there a range of measures taken to ensure all pupils can communicate, show or say they feel safe in school?
  • Are parents and/or carers regularly asked their views about how safe they feel their child is at school?
Respect for others
Girl lying on a big cushion

The evaluation questions that teachers needs to ask about policy and practice, to ensure that everyone in the school is treated with respect are:

  • How does the school measure and keep account of pupils development in building and maintaining relationships – from a significant adult to a wider circle?
  • Are logs for bullying kept up-to-date and do records show the impact of subsequent action?

These questions are important from a school perspective in relation to monitoring emotional wellbeing. They are also critical in relation to Ofsted's new evaluation schedule.

The Good Childhood Report
Discuss the implications of the Good Childhood report with your colleagues at school.

How might you implement some of their recommendations?

In particular, examine the six policy priorities, and see how you could use these as indices of emotional well-being?

Good Childhood report cover