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St James Senior School’s Sixth Form Girls become Mental Health Champions

At St James Senior Girls’ School, London, the introduction of 6th Formers as Mental Health Champions was a student-led initiative. In my role as Mental Health Lead, I had been trained by Rachel Ewan from Mental Health and Wellbeing Training Ltd in the ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ course and so I got back in …

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Schools should measure pupils’ wellbeing, says charity

The Children’s Society finds a quarter of a million pupils are unhappy with the state of their lives, and says schools should monitor pupils’ wellbeing. The Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood report, published on Wednesday, found that pupils’ happiness is at its lowest levels since 2009, with approximately 219,000 children reporting they are unhappy with their lives. …

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10 of the Best Teaching Resources for World Mental Health Day 2019

Raise awareness, help staff and students in need and boost wellbeing in your school this 10 October… World Mental Health Day was started by the World Federation for Mental Health and was celebrated for the first time on October 10, 1992. It takes place on this date each year, and the theme for 2019 is …

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Schools could face new mental health inspections

Ofsted announces plans for new joint inspections of services for children with mental ill health, says John Roberts in the TES. Inspectors will be checking whether schools have systems in place to identify children whose mental health is deteriorating, under a new inspection regime. Schools will be included in new joint area inspections which will examine …

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Ofsted report on teacher well-being, July 2019

According to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, teaching staff and education professionals report the highest rates of work-related stress, depression and anxiety in Britain. Executive summary Teachers love being in the classroom and working with pupils. Their love of teaching arises from generally positive relationships with pupils and from teachers’ belief that teaching is …

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Are school holidays bad for teachers’ mental health?

You have six weeks with no teaching, and then you’re thrown straight back in again in September. This can’t be good for stress levels, says Alex Waite in the TES. The school holidays are upon us. Six weeks without early starts, without queues at the photocopier, hurried lunches, late evenings, meetings or pupils. But, despite the …

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Teachers in England have ‘unmanageable’ job – says global survey

OECD study of 48 countries reveals England secondary school teachers have one of highest workloads in the world. More than half of all secondary school teachers in England say their job is “unmanageable”, according to an international survey revealing that teachers in England have one of the highest workloads in the world. The survey of …

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