Improving pupil mental wellbeing in Oldham

At the Opportunity Area (OA) Partnership Board meeting in June, we heard that what over 3000 of Oldham’s young people have to say about their mental wellbeing and health.

Recent studies have shown that children with improved mental wellbeing and health are likely to achieve better academically. Schools in Oldham have an important role to play in supporting their pupils through developing tailored approaches to wellbeing. The Opportunity Area is helping schools to grow their wellbeing action plans as part of our school improvement offer.

Jodie Barber from the Oldham Council Opportunity Area team told us about the ‘Our Minds, Our Voices’ consultation. Over 3000 young people took part in the consultation to put forward their views on their own mental wellbeing and health. We heard about how their views will help form recommendations, and about the plans to share these in the autumn with school leaders. These recommendations will help us shape how we support young people’s mental wellbeing and health in Oldham.

We will share information on the recommendations in the autumn. Follow us on Twitter @OldhamOA for the latest news.

We also heard from Clare Cheetham from the Oldham Council Opportunity Area team. She updated us on School-to-School support and on the Literacy Strategy:

  • School-to-School support: The Oldham Opportunity Area supports 26 schools. Each has a bespoke school improvement action plan. Clare updated the board on the progress of these support packages and talked about the quality and consistency of monitoring.  She told us about the new Insight School’s role in their evaluation and how their findings will help us improve in the coming academic year. We’ll see findings from this evaluation at the next board meeting in October.
  • Literacy Strategy: the priority for this strategy is to focus on children’s development in the core area of literacy and language. Clare updated us on the challenges we face in Oldham on improving literacy standards and told us about the formation of The Oldham Literacy Partnership. We learned about the next steps for the literacy strategy and there will be an update at a future board meeting.

The board also heard general progress updates for our projects, including:

  • Key Stage 4 Disadvantage Project (Jayne Clarke, Oldham Sixth Form College)
  • Parent Power Project (Martyn King, Department for Education)

For more information on these or any other of our projects, please email us at OpportunityAreas.OLDHAM@education.gov.uk.

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