What is the Somerset Wellbeing Framework?


The Somerset Wellbeing Framework is a model for developing a whole school approach to wellbeing and mental health.

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework builds on evidence from schools and colleges across the country that are integrating health and wellbeing within the ethos, culture, routine life and core business of the school setting. This process moves beyond learning and teaching to pervade all aspects of school life, and has been found to be effective in bringing about and sustaining emotional and mental health benefits.


It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical and social health and this continues to influence their mental wellbeing into adulthood. This framework sets out key actions that schools can take to embed a whole school approach to promoting emotional health and wellbeing. These actions are informed by evidence and practitioner feedback about what works and includes the voice of young people who themselves say that they want to learn more about how to keep themselves emotionally healthy.


 “In order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”.

The Department for Education (DfE)


The Somerset Wellbeing Framework will support schools to continue the good work they are already doing to promote the wellbeing of children and young people but with the added support of online tools to record and monitor progress, support from the Public Health Team and partner organisations and a process that largely focuses on building resilient and mentally healthy young adults who, if they need it, can access the right support at the right time.

Universal provision for all that promotes and cultivates a culture of wellbeing where pupils develop:

  • Resilience

  • Emotional literacy

  • Self-esteem

  • Social skills

  • Being healthy

  • Kindness and gratitude 

  • A sense of purpose

Targeted Support with access to support for those that need more:

  • Skilled staff and wellbeing leads

  • Prompt identification of children and young people that need more

  • Appropriate school-based intervention

  • Links to local specialist provision

  • Reviewing and monitoring mechanisms

The Evidence & Collaboration

Public Health have conducted extensive research and analysis of existing models and programmes that support schools to adopt a whole school approach.  We have drawn from the best examples of good-practice and experts in the field of child and adolescent mental health such as; Katherine Weare's work for the National Children's Bureau (NCB), Public Health England, Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition, Reading University Mental Health in Schools - Pillars of Wellbeing, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, NICE Guidance and Brighton University's Academic Resilience Approach.

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework has also been developed in partnership with colleagues in schools, health, Education Psychology, CAMHS, SASH, SAPHTO, SENSE, Somerset Youth Parliament and the Somerset Parent Carer Forum.