Mental Wellbeing
This section provides recommendations on third party support for schools developing students' Mental Wellbeing competence.


Values-based Mentoring

Guidance for schools below
on how to introduce VbM

Values-based Mentoring (VbM) has evolved to support students who display disruptive behaviour, and for whom sanction systems fail to control.

What does VbM achieve?
VbM helps students to develop a greater degree of personal holistic competence (PHC). It supports students (7-16), with what is generally termed challenging behaviour: to be more peaceful with themselves and the world; establishing or re-establishing secure personal attachment; enabling compassionate self-leadership; and developing the ability to enter into meaningful relationships.

How does VbM work?
VbM is a form of therapy, based around the concepts and principles of values-based environments. The mentoring involves:
  • Creating the right space
  • Initial meetings
  • Introducing the mentoring principles
  • Creating the right environment
  • Monitoring the impact

Download resources
To download more details about the concepts and practice of introducing VbM sessions in schools, click here.

Support for VbM
VbM is a relatively recent development. Schools who are interested in implementing VbM sessions are welcome to contact us for support during this initial roll-out phase.

Emotion Coaching

Emotion Coaching Pocket Guide
Provided by Julie Carr, IVET Trainer, former head of Lyneham Primary School

What is Emotion Coaching?
Emotion coaching is used to support children to understand their emotions and to communicate how they feel. It is an "in the moment" strategy to use with children when they become upset.

It gives the children tools that they need to respond to situations appropriately allowing them to react in a healthy way and helps them to make good choices. Children are more able to handle their feelings better. The strategy is based on neurological research and pedagogy.

Emotion Coaching Resources
To download the Emotion Coaching Pocket Guide, click here (uploaded: 12/03/15, 250Kb).

To access a wider range of resources for schools to develop Emotion Coaching, click here

Attachment Aware Schools
The National College for Teaching, Bath Spa University and a handful of other partners have developed a series of resources and training for schools to become "Attachment Aware Schools".

Research indicates that an awareness of how to support children and young people’s emotional needs and development can promote better learning and health outcomes. National policy and guidance, like the Marmot Review, confirms this.

The partnership provides a body of information and research to share with the teachers and school support workers who make a difference every day in schools and early years settings. Access to the resources can be found in the website below:

Emotion Coaching in the Community
Somerset County Council Public Health have commissioned a new project of ‘Emotion Coaching’ that will be rolled-out across their county.

The aim of the project is to train and develop a network of skilled professionals (such as teachers, GPs, youth workers and Early Years intervention workers).

To see how they are implementing their project, see the website below:

More Information
Lyneham Primary School, a values hub school, developed Emotion Coaching in association with Bath Spa University.

Contact Dr Janet Rose at Bath Spa University for further information about Emotion coaching.

Visits to Lyneham Primary School to see emotion coaching in action are welcomed. To arrange a visit, contact:
Peter Fife-Faulkner
01248 890413

Third Party Support

A government website packed with free resources to help teachers handle children with Mental Health difficulties.
Website :

Action for Happiness
Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society.

The charity brings like-minded people from all walks of life and help them take practical action, drawing on the latest scientific research. Its work is backed by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, economics and social innovation.


Mental Health Coalition

Partnership for Children

Wellbeing in Schools

Young Minds



From My Heart
Neil Hawkes

This is a book that guides readers on how to bring values into their consciousness, thereby improving their well being and that of their family, community and working environment.