DescriptionOne in six children in England aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in 2021 – five children in every classroom. We also know that children’s subjective wellbeing continues to decline: The Good Childhood report (2022) revealed that children’s happiness with ‘life as a whole’ was significantly lower in 2019-20 than a decade earlier. While access to NHS mental health services for 18 to 25-year-olds was almost a fifth higher in 2021/22 than pre-pandemic – with around 1 in 5 university students estimated to have a diagnosed mental health problem.
At all levels of education there is disturbing evidence of impoverished mental health and wellbeing. Alongside this, the UK is in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. The emerging picture is stark – Education Support recently assessed triple the number of school staff calling their crisis helpline as at suicide risk. Certainly, spiralling cost-of-living is taking a huge toll on educators and students and their families. Disturbing forecasts show per-pupil funding will be slashed for more than 1,300 schools next year with planned cuts to overall budgets for thousands more. In these exceptionally challenging times, how can schools, colleges and universities provide timely and appropriate mental wellbeing support for their learners while simultaneously balancing escalating costs with ever diminishing budgets?
These critical issues, at the heart of the education sector, are the focus of this conference which will bring together expert voices from the frontline – teaching staff, practitioners and researchers working in education settings, and higher education students – to present the latest research evidence and discuss creative, solution-focussed approaches to support our learning communities in crisis.
|Period||9 Mar 2023|
|Event title||Education on the Breadline: Mental Wellbeing and the Cost of Living Crisis|
|Degree of Recognition||National|
- mental health
- cost of living
Documents & Links
Wellbeing challenges and resources for ITE trainees: international comparisons
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article
If it ain’t broke, handle with care: report by the Special Interest Group on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) All Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
A conceptual model for teacher trainee well-being: challenges and resources in an ecological system
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster › peer-review
The experiences of newly qualified teachers in 2020 and what we can learn for future cohorts
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Philosophical inquiry as a tool for well-being
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review