Improving Mental Health & Wellbeing Through Considerate School Design

Time: 14:45 - 15:05

Date: Tuesday 16 October

20181016 14:45 20181016 15:05 Europe/London Improving Mental Health & Wellbeing Through Considerate School Design

Evidence shows that across the UK, mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. In addition to this, there is strong evidence that emotional wellbeing is a key indicator of academic achievement, and subsequently improved outcomes later in life. Schools can be confident that a focus on mental health and wellbeing… Read more »

Education Estates 2019

Synopsis

Evidence shows that across the UK, mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. In addition to this, there is strong evidence that emotional wellbeing is a key indicator of academic achievement, and subsequently improved outcomes later in life.

Schools can be confident that a focus on mental health and wellbeing not only enables them to provide healthy and happy school environments for pupils and staff and prepare for the citizens of tomorrow with sound characters and values, but also the promotion of effective learning.

There are a growing number of advisory documents being published across the UK by organisations including DoE and DoH which encourage and advise schools and teachers on the whole school approach to physical and mental health wellbeing.

Concurrently there is growing evidence to show the true depths to which environmental factors influence cognitive and mental health, but as designers of schools we see little guidance as to how the decisions we make can influence the wellbeing of the pupils and teachers who occupy those spaces.

This presentation will look at the journey we have been through to establish how we may design to improve the wellbeing of pupils and staff in the schools we design – sometimes at little or no additional costs.

This journey has included research by our in house R&D programme (IBI THiNK) and most importantly working with schools, for all ages and locations, to establish some guidelines and tools we can adopt to promote schools through considerate design that are healthy and thus, by implication, academically more successful. We will look at some of the tools we used, the outcomes of the workshops we held and the findings they produced.

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