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Thinking Positively: Emotional Health and Well-being in Schools and Early Years settings

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This good practice document aims to support all schools and Early Years settings in promoting emotional health and well-being.

Well-being is at the heart of the School Effectiveness Framework (SEF) and is a crucial core element of the work of education settings. This is also reflected in the increased emphasis on well-being within the new common inspection framework, introduced in 2010 by Estyn.

The document offers:

  • A summary overview of the key information and issues for schools and education settings in relation to promoting the emotional health and well-being of children and young people, including examples of current practice in Wales.
  • Proposals to support schools and local authorities in taking forward their work in promoting emotional health and well-being, and for early identification and intervention for children and young people who are experiencing mental health problems.
  • Signposting to resources and sources of support

Case studies are provided throughout the document to highlight examples of good practice in Wales.