How schools can support post-16 students’ mental wellbeing

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Cambridge CEM’s new post-16 lesson plan for the Cambridge Wellbeing Check provides teachers with hands-on guidance for understanding and improving students’ wellbeing.

The pressures that post-16s face in the classroom can put enormous strain on their mental health. The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the mental health challenges students and teachers faced, as discovered in this survey of over 400 teachers about their experiences of teaching through the pandemic.

In a recent study of 600 secondary students, those students “experienced a marked decrease in the extent and type of their social interactions during England’s lockdown of early 2021”. Whether it’s day-to-day modern life or examination periods, it’s essential that schools understand and are trying to improve their students’ wellbeing.

How the Cambridge Wellbeing Check provides schools with an understanding of their post-16s' mental wellbeing

The Cambridge Wellbeing Check provides schools with a clear picture of their students’ mental wellbeing and helps them understand what they need to do to promote wellbeing in the classroom.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we have released our latest lesson plan to accompany our Cambridge Wellbeing Check, a 20-minute assessment that assesses students' day-to-day wellbeing in four areas: interpersonal wellbeing, life satisfaction, competence wellbeing and negative emotions. Once students have completed the assessment, teachers are provided with reports showing a complete picture of wellbeing at individual, class and whole-school levels as well as follow-up lesson plans.

This lesson plan, designed specifically for post-16s, guides teachers through sensitive topics related to mental wellbeing and sets the scene for students with clear learning objectives. Whether teachers are experienced in leading discussions on mental wellbeing or are new to the topic, the lesson plan provides step-by-step directions for how to structure classroom conversations on wellbeing, ensuring students have a safe and confidential space to share their experiences.

It provides detailed activities and handouts of different lengths to help students understand what wellbeing means to them, as well as to explain the research behind the Cambridge Wellbeing Check. Teachers are also provided with a variety of formats for discussion, from self-reflection to group discussion.


For more information about using the Cambridge Wellbeing Check for your post-16 students, please visit

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