Our developing policy work has several strands designed to inform and influence, whether that be keeping our Partner Schools aware of policy research and analyses, or giving North East schools a stronger voice to better represent them to policymakers.

Please click on the above tabs to find out more about our different areas of policy work.

Manifesto for North East Education

In response to the 2019 general election, Schools North East put together a manifesto containing the key recommendations for all political parties and policymakers, from North East schools.

This was the first step in our developing policy focus, and we will be developing our recommendations through a series of policy roundtables.

Healthy MindED Commission

The Schools North East Healthy MindED Commission works towards supporting schools to understand and mitigate the factors affecting young people’s mental health, and through doing so enable better resilience.

The aims of the Commission are:

· To improve the mental health of children and young people by recognising its impact on them; and by enabling school communities and associated services to identify, manage and mitigate the factors that underlie poor mental health

· To equip schools to empower children and young people to understand mental health, and through increasing their resilience to grow and develop their potential

Bitesize Briefings

To help support North East schools, we send out Bitesize Briefings about recently published research and analyses on education policy to our Partner Schools.

These briefings contain the key findings of a given report, as well as setting out the implications for the North East.

See latest briefings.

Voice of the Pupil

One the main strands of the Healthy MindED Commission was the Voice of the Pupil project.

The project developed a framework for engaging children and young people in discussion about mental health.

Staff from across schools in the region were trained and supported to carry out focus group discussions with students. The findings of this project are set to be published later this year.


The COVID-19 pandemic is creating new challenges for schools, and the impact of schools closures will be present even after schools re-open.

We are working with schools and educational professionals to begin to identify these challenges, what the North East specific impact will be, and how we can ensure our concerns are heard by policy makers.

More information on the Schools North East blog.