Metrics, Mindfulness and Wellbeing


Metrics allow you to prove the case for mindfulness in school programes within health and wellbeing initiatives, as part of pupil monitoring systems that combine wellbeing with existing management information data or even linking measures of wellbeing to academic achievement data. Target key areas for improvement and highlight hot spots for further support.


They enable you to understand the current position of a school or a government organisation but only become useful when you do something with the data you have gathered, such as: informing, planning, and evaluating your programmes and initiatives; informing your strategy; challenge and informing your board and helping you to map engagement for key stakeholders.


Please visit "Children Wellbeing" on the left for an overview of the work being done by organisations. For example The Children’s Society’s wellbeing research programme started in 2005 that provides a counterweight to other measures of children’s lives that tend to dominate, such as educational attainment, or health behaviours like drinking and drug use.


NPC’s Wellbeing Measure is an online survey-based tool designed to help charities, schools and other organisations show the difference they make to the lives of young people. This Measure can help you prove to funders what you’ve achieved, gather evidence to improve your services, save time and resources, and get a high quality validation of your work.

Schools Tracking Mental Health: A Good Idea Or Social Engineering?
26 October 2018


In May 2017, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by a Dr. Aida Cerundolo, claiming that schools are obtaining sensitive mental health data on children without their, or their guardians’, knowledge or consent. According to Cerundolo: “Educators and administrators increasingly are using psychological screening tools to identify children who are at risk for social and emotional issues, and to assess programs geared toward improving social and emotional skills.”

12 October 2018

Youth Mental Health Screening Scores Big with US School Districts


YouthinMind USAs first offering is a full-service online administration and scoring of the SDQ. In the first 2 weeks following the launch of the new US website,, school districts in California, Washington, and Illinois have already taken advantage of the service. The administrators at the school districts really appreciate that we handle all the logistics and administration, so they dont have to learn any new software. 

YouthinMind USA’s mission is to promote universal mental health screening. We do this by providing the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and the Development and Wellbeing Assessment (DAWBA) at an affordable price, with a low technical barrier to entry for schools and other organizations.

10 October 2018

Mental Wellbeing Now Measurable - Technology and Psychology Merge to Combat the Mental Health Crisis


VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The mental health of individuals is a growing concern globally, and the World Health Organization believes that depression will become the number one cause of global disease burden by 2030. Effective immediately Victoria BC's Positive Minds International has been named regional distributor for People Diagnostix's three tools; which were created and tested across Australia by the People Diagnostix team. All three are designed to change mental health outcomes by measuring wellbeing and promoting psychology interventions.

10 October 2016

Mental health toolkit for schools

Measuring and monitoring children and young people’s mental wellbeing

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


On World Mental Health Day 2016 the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) launched a toolkit for schools and colleges to support the measurement and monitoring of children and young people’s mental wellbeing.

  • Half of all mental health problems appear before the age of 14
  • Schools are increasingly at the forefront of children and young people’s mental health
  • Information will help schools promote wellbeing and assess the impact of school based mental health interventions

4 November 2015
Unhappy? Welcome to Bhutan – the nation of 90% joy
Guardian Happiness Indices


The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan was the first to measure happiness as an alternative to GDP. No wonder they’re so pleased


News from the International Conference on Gross National Happiness, where Bhutan’s happiness index rose from 0.743 in 2010 to 0.756 in 2015. “Is this fast or slow?” asked Bhutan’s prime minister in his keynote speech. “We do not yet know. We are still learning what is a ‘good’ growth rate!” He sounds jolly.

19 August 2015
School children in England are among the most unhappy in the world
The Children's Society


School children in England are among the most unhappy in the world, faring worse than those in Ethiopia, Algeria and Romania. English children ranked 14th out of 15 countries for overall life satisfaction, just ahead of South Korea, and scored low for aspects related to their "self" and school, according to research by the University of York in partnership with The Children's Society.


On average, 11% of children said they were dissatisfied with school life, with particularly poor relationships with teachers upon which England was ranked 14th out of the 15 countries. They were also unhappy about what they were learning (11th in the rankings).

17 June 2015
Child Health Profiles
Public Health England


Child Health Profiles provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using key health indicators, which enables comparison locally, regionally and nationally.


By using the profiles local organisations can work in partnership to plan and commission evidence-based services based on local need. The profiles allow you to compare the outcomes in your local population with others in order to identify and learn from better performing areas.

14 April 2015

Social Progress Index 2015 Report

The Social Progress Imperative


The Social Progress Index 2015 is designed as a complement to GDP and other economic indicators to provide a more holistic understanding of countries' overall performance.


It is the world's most comprehensive framework developed for measuring social progress, and the first to measure social progress independently of GDP. It provides detailed insight into whether citizens have access to a wide range of progress measures including basic services, opportunities, healthcare, education, housing, decent policing, rights and freedom from discrimination.

30 June 2014

End of the e-Frame project & A roadmap for future research needs
European Framework for Measuring Progress 


The need to go beyond GDP to measure people well-being and societal progress is now fully recognised, also at a political level.


The EU FP7 project e-Frame - European Framework for Measuring Progress - aims at fostering the on-going debate on the measurement of well-being and the progress of societies among all relevant stakeholders, developing a European network and supporting National Statistical Institutes' measurement initiatives in this area. 

26 June 2014

Health and wellbeing metrics and demographics
NHS Employers 


We’ve added new information, case studies and useful links to the health and wellbeing section of our website on using metrics and demographics.


Metrics are readily available and enable you to prove the case for health and wellbeing initiatives to the board, target key areas for improvement and highlight hot spots for further support. The new section on our website covers:

1 May 2013

Not yet good enough: personal, social, health and economic education in schools

Ofsted | PSHE



This report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in primary and secondary schools in England. Based on evidence from inspections of PSHE education carried out between January and July 2012 in 50 maintained schools and on evidence from an online survey of 178 young people conducted on behalf of Ofsted between October and November 2012.