Henry Hepburn

Making a ‘dog’s dinner’ of Named Person legislation

The lack of a fixed definition of the term ‘wellbeing’ is fuelling teachers’ anxiety

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“Wellbeing” seems at first like a thoroughly uncontroversial word, especially in schools. Who, after all, wouldn’t want to ensure pupils’ wellbeing?

Yet that word became a bone of contention in Parliament last week – because, it seems, no one knows exactly what wellbeing is.

And this is not a matter of mere semantics. Teachers are deeply concerned about a lack of precision around such terms in relation to the under-fire Named Person scheme and the legislation it stems from. Without more clarity, educators fear, they could make mistakes and find themselves in legal trouble.

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