Boxall Profile cited in DfE's Mental Heath and behaviour in Schools guidance
12 November 2018
Nurtureuk are delighted that the Department for Education’s newly refreshed guidance on mental health and behaviour in schools cites the Boxall Profile as a key measurement and identification tool to help identify mental health needs and plan appropriate support.
The DfE advice aims to help schools to support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour and emphasises the importance of whole-school approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children. The recommendation that a “school’s approach to mental health and behaviour should be part of a consistent whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing” is a thread running throughout the document, and “developing whole-school approaches” listed as a key responsibility for schools.
The Boxall Profile is a cornerstone of nurtureuk’s whole-school approach – a unique online assessment tool enabling teachers and education professionals to develop a precise and accurate understanding of individual children’s social and emotional competencies, and to plan effective interventions and support activities. A DfE report released last year also shows that the Boxall Profile is the tool most commonly used by schools who conduct screenings of the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils.
Nurtureuk and the Boxall Profile are also signposted as important further resources to supporting and promoting positive mental health in the DfE’s advice document.
Kevin Kibble, Chief Executive of nurtureuk, said: “I am delighted that the Boxall Profile is highlighted in the refreshed mental health and behaviour guidance for schools. Tools like the Boxall Profile are easy, cost-effective resources that help schools to understand the wellbeing and support needs of their pupils, plan how best to support them, and monitor progress, allowing schools to embed a focus on emotional needs and development throughout the classroom. I wholeheartedly support the department’s focus on whole-school approaches, which we at nurtureuk believe are key to supporting greater academic attainment, improved behaviour, better attendance, and reduced exclusions.”