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100th School Mental Health Award presented on World Mental Health Day

Castle Manor Academy in Suffolk has become the 100th school to be awarded a School Mental Health Award by Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health.

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The School Mental Health Award was launched two years ago and supports schools, boarding schools and further education colleges develop a whole approach to mental health. Coaches evaluate current mental health practices, identifying and strengthening gaps and working towards building an emotionally healthier environment for both students and staff.

More than 600 schools and colleges are working towards the award across the world.

Liz Dawson, Head Coach in the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in School said: “Over the past two years our team of coaches has worked with a wide range of schools within the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.

“It is striking that in all the countries in which we work and in all phases of education for young people that putting pupil and staff wellbeing at the heart of the organisation is central to the success of each individual educational establishment.

“By pure coincidence, the 100th school to complete its final verification process will do so on World Mental Health Day 2019.

“In addition to recognising this milestone through Castle Manor Academy in Suffolk achieving their award, I would like to congratulate all 100 schools that have been awarded the School Mental Health Award over the past two years and to recognise the dedication and commitment of the school leaders, governors and staff in making their schools a place for their pupils and staff to thrive.”

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools launched in June 2017. It exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting boarding schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, thereby improving outcomes and life chances.

Professor Damien Page, Dean of the Carnegie School of Education said: “As a pioneering School of Education in the field of mental health, we’re delighted to mark 100 schools who are leading the way on taking a whole school approach for the wellbeing of their staff and pupils. With over 700 currently engaged in the award, this marks a real shift in improving the life chances of children.”

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