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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Critical New Perspectives on ADHD

This book has been edited by Gwynedd Lloyd, Joan Stead and David Cohen. The publishers say : “Experts from all over the world take a critical, highly international and often controversial perspective on the ADHD phenomenon – a condition that has…
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The gap year for social, emotional and vocational learning in Irish secondary education

Aidan Clerkin, from the Educational Research Centre (Dublin, Ireland), writes : “The Irish education system includes a quasi-gap year, known as transition year (TY), midway through secondary school. Students may choose to complete six years of secondary education (including TY as the…
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Drum Lessons Can Help Autistic Kids In School

Janice Wood, writing on the PsychCentral website , reports that: “Playing the drums for an hour a week can help autistic children learn in school, according to a new study. The study, from researchers at the University of Chichester and University Centre Hartpury in England,…
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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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