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Schools: Well-being

Volume 696: debated on Tuesday 20 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the planned statutory obligation on school governing bodies to promote well-being in schools will form part of the children’s plan; and [HL289]

Whether they will clarify the subject areas that will be covered in the planned statutory promotion of well-being in schools. [HL290]

The duty on governing bodies of maintained schools to promote the well-being of pupils was included, at Section 38, in the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and came into force in September 2007. That section defines “well-being” by reference to the matters mentioned in Section 10(2) of the Children Act 2004, namely: (a) physical and mental health and emotional well-being; (b) protection from harm and neglect; (c) education, training and recreation; (d) the contribution made by [children] to society; and (e) social and economic well-being.