Chair of the Schools’ Wellbeing Partnership

The Schools Wellbeing Partnership is recruiting for a new Chair to take up the role in Autumn 2022.

We are a national network of over 64 organisations from the education, health and wellbeing, and children's sectors that supports schools and provide services to improve the wellbeing and mental health of all children in education. 

Our membership includes professional associations, schools, academic institutions, and the voluntary and community sector.

Our vision is that wellbeing and good mental health is a strategic priority and embedded into the culture and ethos of every school.

We are looking for a thought leader and influencer with the ability to inspire schools to adopt approaches that embed mental health and wellbeing in schools; as well as influence government officials and policy development.

The need for influence and change is clear. We have seen increasing prevalence of mental health and wellbeing needs in children and young people, with rates of probable mental health disorders increasing from 1 in 9 in 2017 (10.8%), to 1 in 6 in 2020 (16%). There is a need across the education system to access good quality, accessible information about the relationship between children and young people’s wellbeing and how this relates to learning. There are real challenges ahead, not least winning support for the long-term systemic change needed to embed wellbeing and mental health approaches in schools across the country. 

We want our new Chair to support the Partnership to be at the forefront of developing a shared strategic narrative and common language which is aspirational and creates the standard for how we respond to children and young people’s wellbeing in education. Strong convening and collaboration skills will be key.

The Partnership is hosted by NCB, a leading national charity and a highly influential and proactive voice for all children and young people, particularly the most vulnerable.  
There will also be challenges to overcome, as faced across the charitable sector, so this is a fantastic opportunity for an individual with demonstrable drive and confidence in a leadership role to steer NCB forward. 

For further information and an application pack, please follow this link.

Application deadline is 23:59 on Tuesday 6th September and interviews are online during the week of 26th September.

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