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Should Schools be Teaching Mental Wellbeing Strategies?

Reading Time: 3 minutes A guest post from @YourMindFitness ‘27% of suicides in young people are linked with the pressures of academic studies.’ Over the 10 years that I have been teaching, I have observed the increased levels of stress on our young people. I believe that secondary schools need to STOP using Tutor Time for marginal academic gains. […]

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Coronavirus Resources for wellbeing and mental health in schools

Reading Time: 4 minutes Please email  hello@schoolwell.co.uk  or tweet with any useful resources to add to this list, or to advise of any updates. There are 4 sections; Resources to support Mental Health and Wellbeing in School, Resources for families, Books and Stories for Children and Young People and Union Advice and Resources. Each section is arranged in alphabetical […]

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Book Review: Ten Traits of Resilience by James Hilton

Reading Time: 2 minutes   James Hilton‘s new book takes a look at resilience and how school leaders can build theirs. It is built around James’s own personal experience, not only of a breakdown in his own resilience but also in the many successful years he spent in primary school leadership.  It is peppered with personal anecdotes and vignettes […]

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What Depression Taught Me

Reading Time: 4 minutes A guest post from @ELTbyLina In December 2015, I was diagnosed with emotional burnout / mild depression. My existence was almost unbearable (no matter how trivial it may sound). I was crying 24/7; I felt miserable and hated myself for being weak and pathetic. Life was extremely painful. Everything was painful. Waking up, blinking, breathing. I […]

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What is Supervision?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lisa Lea-Weston of Talking Heads, Oak Practice explains her role and how it benefits schools. What is supervision? Supervision is standard practice in professions such as social work and psychotherapy/psychology; recently it is gaining more traction in educational settings. So what exactly is it, and how could it benefit you and your school? Supervision is […]

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It is never too late to be what you might have been

Reading Time: 6 minutes A guest post by @LEAGarner_ “Today is the day, the day  I’m going to make everything right”.  Of course, I didn’t say this, but these were the words I wanted to say. In fact, I wanted to climb on top of my desk and shout them out loud. But I didn’t. I just listened intently to the […]

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Book Review: Positive Mental Health: A Whole School Approach

Reading Time: 3 minutes Positive Mental Health: A Whole School Approach by  Jonathan Glazzard and Rachel Bostwick.  Publisher; Critical Publishing Ltd 10% of children have a diagnosable mental health issue. Let that sink in for a minute. 10%. Here’s another static to give you pause; 75% of all mental health illness begins before the age of 18. These two sobering […]

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Exclusive Interview with Clare Erasmus

Reading Time: 6 minutes We spoke to Clare Erasumus, founder of #familyMH5aday, TES contributor, and member of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools advisory board, about mental health, wellbeing and sharing the TEDx stage with her children. Tell us a bit about how #familyMH5aday came about. I am a 5-day working mum and I often […]