Suffolk Schools Emotional Health and Wellbeing Pilot

Status Closed
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £225,000

Brief Description

A grant for one organisation, or a partnership of organisations, to deliver a VCS whole school model for emotional health and wellbeing across 4 secondary schools and their primary feeder schools



The recent Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ (DoH & DfE, 2017) puts schools and colleges at the heart of prevention and early intervention of mental health difficulties in young people. The Government wants children and young people to be able to access high-quality mental health and wellbeing support linked to their school or college. Trailblazer sites for this programme are due to begin in January 2019, with a second cohort following in September. The proposals include:

  • Assigning a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health from existing school staff
  • Training and employing Education Mental Health Practitioners to work in schools
  • Strengthening links between schools and CAMHS clinicians through supervision

Whilst a promising foundation, these proposals do not explicitly include provision to support the growing evidence that a whole school approach is required to achieve maximum benefit from mental health input into schools (PHE, 2017).

Suffolk has not been asked to express an interest in being part of the first phase of Trailblazers but recognises the importance of supporting schools to help meet the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of our children and young people.

Proposal and criteria

Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) and Suffolk County Council (SCC) are funding a pilot to support emotional health and wellbeing within schools.

The pilot will cover: –

  • Ipswich
  • Suffolk Coastal
  • Waveney
  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk districts

For West Suffolk, funding has been made available to pilot an extension of the successful Thurston Community College approach and is being funded by West Suffolk CCG. Details of the model can be found here.

This Expression of Interest is for the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) to identify how they will offer a whole school approach to improving emotional health and wellbeing.

Project details: –

There is total funding of £225,000 available (for a 2-year programme of delivery) for one organisation, or a partnership of organisations, to fund a VCS whole school model for emotional health and wellbeing across 4 secondary schools and their primary feeder schools. The project must look at the culture of the whole school (teachers, parents and pupils) and improve health and wellbeing and be robust enough to support the most vulnerable young people who need more intensive support. We would expect to see the same model across all 4 schools.

The project will commence at the beginning of 2019 and will be a two-year programme with interim 1-year monitoring.

The schools will be identified by IESCCG and SCC and could be in any of the above boroughs or districts, the leading school will be a secondary school, but feeder primaries will also be requested to take part and delivery will be expected to all of these schools.

Priority will be given to those organisations that can demonstrate how they are currently working in this area and can provide evidence of the impact of the work they have done to date. We welcome expressions of interest from partnerships of organisations.

The successful organisation/s will be notified once the IESCCG, SCC and the independent panel have met to discuss the proposals and will be notified no later than 11th January 2019.

The evaluation will seek to compare the benefits of the approaches in East and West Suffolk and all evaluation and learning will be shared with all schools in Suffolk.

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