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Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark School Audit

The Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark has been co-developed by Inclusion Support’s Educational Psychologists and Sandwell Council’s Public Health Department as a way to recognise the promotion of positive mental health and well-being in Sandwell schools.

The project addresses the well-being and mental health of all those in the school community by gathering the views of parents, staff, and pupils.

It is an Action Research Project, using qualitative data, listening to the views of pupils, parents and staff to celebrate a school's current achievements and further develop the work that they are already involved in. 

The Charter Mark School Audit is comprised of:

  • An emotional health and well-being audit for schools linked to the Charter Mark.
  • The development of an action plan.
  • The option of support to implement a social, emotional learning programme to be incorporated into the taught curriculum.

The Charter Mark is underpinned by the eight principles described by Public Health England:

Eight principles


It requires collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team within the school, using an action research approach to engage and support the school through the process. It takes a year to complete the cycle and the award lasts for three years, after which it can be renewed.

The emotional health and well-being audit includes the Pupil Well-being Survey, an online staff survey, and focus groups with both pupils and parents. Focus group questions are differentiated for primary, secondary and specialist schools. 

How have schools found it?

“Every school should do it!”

One school stated that the process helped them with their Ofsted, as having outsiders come in and have input into their school was beneficial for their journey forward. They felt it was a lovely experience to share with parents and that it was a key thing for them to do as a school. 

“Really powerful and showed things people wouldn’t have necessarily voiced otherwise.”

In another school, staff felt that the Charter Mark process was a “really positive experience”. They believed that it was an incredibly informative process that looked at the whole body of the school and that as a school, they “couldn’t move forward until all of these perceptions were known”. They also felt that it was “interesting to have the whole view of the school”.

For Educational psychologists

Significant interest in the Sandwell Whole School Approach to Well-being has emerged within the educational psychology community through sharing work at local and national conferences, including those held by the British Psychological Society, DECP and the Association of Educational Psychologists. A three-year license for the Well-being Charter Mark and Sandwell Pupil Well-being Survey is now available to purchase alongside the training for educational psychologists.

Three national training events have been held to present the Sandwell Whole School Approach to Well-being, with a primary focus on the Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark and Sandwell Well-being Pupil Survey, to educational psychologists from across the country, as well as additional training in one local authority. Consequently, 33 educational psychology services and five independent Educational Psychologists now have a licence to use the Charter Mark and Well-being Survey for three years.

Please go to our new developments page for future training dates.