5 reasons why recognising your emotions is important

Via BBC Teach , child mental health expert, Shahana Knight, shares her insight into why it’s important for both children and adults to understand and recognise their emotions. She begins by saying: “Recognising your emotions and learning to manage them is one…
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As a teenager, I believe our mental health is harmed by this dehumanising education system

Writing in The Independent , Romy McCarthy says: “On GCSE results day this week, I couldn’t help but cast my mind back to the daunting day last year as I walked through the school gates with my parents, trying my best to…
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How ‘Buddy Benches’ are making playtime less lonely

Dougal Shaw for the BBC reports : “The school playground can be a lonely place for a child if they haven’t got anyone to play with. But a special type of bench is helping pupils make friends and get people talking…
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An Educator’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing in School

The publishers of this book say : “A brilliant and practical collection of essays by educators, psychologists and counsellors, highlighting the critical importance of mental health and wellbeing of students in our schools. The book has been collated and edited by…
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‘Transform school culture to boost mental health’

Writing in the Times Educational Supplement , Natasha Devon says: “Last week, Damian Hinds announced that there would be mandatory mental health education in all primary and secondary schools across England from 2020. The education secretary’s proposal states that children should be taught how to be more…
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Bad Education

Half of mental illness in adult life starts before the age of 15 … and three-quarters by age 18. [i] Meanwhile, the children and young people of today face heightened pressures and stresses … witness a big uptick in the numbers…
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Schools ‘should help children with social media risk’

The BBC reports (January 2018) on a study from England’s children’s commissioner: “Schools should play a bigger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move from primary to secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says. Anne Longfield said she…
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Towards a more rounded curriculum

Writing in The Psychologist (Feb. 8th 2018), Esther Ford, a trainee Educational Psychotherapist, questions what is missing from the education system: might aspects of psychoanalytic thought be part of the answer? She says: “Like many, I am increasingly frustrated with our education…
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Stop stressing out our kids – why children’s mental health is as important as academic achievement

Emily-Jane Clark, writing in the Metro: “‘My brain won’t let me sleep,’ wept my six-year-old daughter as she cried inconsolably in my arms last night. Since starting Year Two in September, my normally happy little girl has become tired, emotional,…
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