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Wellbeing - Definition

'A state of complete physical and mental health that is characterised by high- quality social relationships'. 

This definition was agreed by the Department for Education's Expert Advisory Group on Education Staff Wellbeing.  Schools and colleges should use this working definition as a basis for discussing what wellbeing means for them, in their organisation.



1. Connect with other people

2. Be physically active

3. Learn new skills

4. Give to others

5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfullness)


Resources for schools

Staff wellbeing planning pack
Advice for senior leaders in schools, to help them support the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus pandemic and the return to school.

Separation anxiety: tools for teachers
Following lockdown, some children may have increased anxiety about returning to school, particularly separation anxiety at leaving their parents and carers. This document has been produced to guide teachers in supporting pupils exhibiting anxiety.

Loss and bereavement advice - MindEd
Some children may have experienced bereavement in the time they have been away from school, and there has been a sense of loss for many. This webpage includes lots of useful advice for schools on how to support children during this time.

Return to school resources - Place2Be
A selection of assembly ideas and class-based activities to support your school community as it comes back together.



There is a vast amount of online resources to support the wellbeing of children and families.  Parents will need to use those that best suit the needs of their children.  We have detailed below some of the most useful websites.

Promoting mental health and wellbeing (NSPCC Learning)

Young People's Well-Being (The Children's Society)

Five steps to help children's wellbeing (BBC)

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Resources

West Sussex Well Being 

Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families

Children's Mental Health survey 

West Sussex County Council is gathering views about how the pandemic has affected the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in West Sussex.

We would be grateful if you could share this link with your pupils, families and staff to complete, it takes just 5 minutes to fill in: 


We're asking:

  • How has the pandemic impacted the emotional health of the young people you know?
  • How much do you know about where to go for advice and support?
  • How confident are you talking to children and young people about their mental health

The survey closes on Sunday 28 November and your feedback will help shape our future messaging and work to raise awareness of the resources available locally and nationally