Alice Reeve

Legal ease: supporting mental health

With three children in every classroom suffering from a diagnosable condition, schools are legally required to make reasonable adjustments

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A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, released in May this year, found that three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. Some 90 per cent of heads reported an increase in mental health problems in their pupils over the past five years, while hospital admissions for self-harm in under-18s increased by 50 per cent in the same period.

Nowhere is the crisis in young people’s mental health felt more acutely than in schools.

The Department for Education published updated advice in March, which sought to clarify schools’ responsibilities and outline ...

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