This page includes information about:

  1. how to use the Wellbeing Measurement Framework and Toolkit
  2. how to conduct a wellbeing survey
  3. how this can help you measure the impact of your interventions


Understanding the wellbeing and mental health needs of your pupils is at the heart of a whole-school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing, as we saw in part 1 of Understanding Need: ‘Identify pupils at risk’. Gathering data from children and young people enables you to understand their needs, identify interventions, allocate resources and measure how responses change over time.

This will help you understand whether the investment you’re making in your pupils’ mental health is led by the needs of your pupils. It is good practice to identify where your interventions and approaches are making a difference, so that you can regularly review and develop next steps – as you do across all areas of your school’s strategic planning. Using measurement tools can give you useful and informative data for your school community and can help you understand:

  • the level of needs in your setting
  • the range of needs
  • where resources could be allocated
  • the effectiveness of interventions
  • year-on-year progress of pupil wellbeing.

Using the Wellbeing Measurement Toolkit and Framework

With the support of Public Health England, the Anna Freud Centre’s Evidence-Based Practice Unit (a partnership with University College London) and the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) have developed the Wellbeing Measurement Toolkit and Framework. Available to schools and colleges for free, these resources have been developed and validated by experts. Together, they offer schools an evidence base for mental health support and aim to help schools invest their resources effectively.

Our suite of free resources will help you measure mental health and wellbeing and resilience in children and young people in your school or college.


Wellbeing Measurement Toolkit for schools and colleges

This toolkit sets out how to measure and monitor pupil wellbeing.

Section one explores what we mean by mental wellbeing. It sets out clear reasons why schools and colleges should measure wellbeing and guides schools and colleges towards implementation of good practice that will make a difference to students.

Section two sets out some practical examples from a range of schools and colleges who have used the tools and shared their journey and their learning along the way.

Section three offers practical advice about how to introduce the survey and wellbeing measures to students.

Section four includes a list of validated instruments that can be used to measure students’ wellbeing.

Wellbeing Measurement Framework

Sets of validated questionnaire booklets foprimary and secondary schools and colleges. You can use these questionnaires to carry out a survey and to help you assess wellbeing, behavioural or emotional difficulties, as well as the presence and strength of protective factors such support at school, home and in the community, and the child or young person’s ability to deal with stress and manage emotions.

The Framework can help schools and colleges to map progress against targets in their improvement plans, identify future targets and priority areas for staff training, and offer context for the academic data for year groups.

Schools and colleges can compare their results against the combined results of all participating schools and colleges. The process encourages children and young people to be involved and helps build a whole-setting approach.

Anna Freud Centre and CORC: Using measurement tools to understand need 

This short guide for schools and colleges focuses on how to use measurement tools to understand pupils’ wellbeing so that you can provide them with the support they need.

Anna Freud Centre and CORC: Measuring mental wellbeing e-learning

This free e-learning package aims to increase the awareness, understanding and confidence of non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children or young people to access the benefits associated with measuring mental wellbeing. 

Nick Tait from CORC discusses the process of carrying out a pupil wellbeing survey

Lee Atkins gives a more detailed presentation about measuring and monitoring wellbeing, using the wellbeing toolkit

Additional support

Our measuring tools are available for free. If you would like us to create a Wellbeing Measurement Report for you, there is a fee to cover our costs. There’s more information about it here.

The report will include expert guidance and support from our colleagues at CORC. They will talk through each step of the process and help with matters including consent, data transfer, implementing the survey and interpreting the final report.

With the Wellbeing Measurement package, your school or college will:

  • have access to the online Wellbeing Measurement Survey
  • receive a Wellbeing Measurement Report
  • be supported by the expert CORC team to help you understand your results and plan for change.

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