Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Education offers a wealth of advice, tips and lesson plans for teaching and promoting mental wellbeing to primary age children along with a detailed introduction to how a range of key issues are diagnosed and treated.
Details and Contents
Publication Date: May 2020
Table of Contents
Part 1: Putting mental health and wellbeing first
- Identification, responses and interventions
- Ready to learn
- A whole school approach
Part 2: Wellbeing
- Wellbeing for all
- Building Emotional Intelligence
- Managing and mastering screens
Part 3: Mental health presentations and conditions
- Anxiety, Panic and OCD
- Low mood
- Behaviours that challenge, anger and defiance
- Attachment difficulties and Trauma
- Autism Spectrum Condition
- Difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and tics
- Onset of puberty and gender identity
- Feeding and eating disorders
Part 4: Transitions
- Introduction to transitions
- Transition into Early Years settings
- Daily transitions
- Year-to-year transitions
- Transition to Secondary school
Part 5: Resources
- Lesson plans and resources
- Further reading and guidance
Mental health has received significant attention in recent years, due to campaigning and high-profile individuals sharing their experiences. As part of this destigmatisation, it has been argued that normalising mental health issues through lessons in schools could foster a society better able to deal with issues of mental ill-health.
In response, from 2020 health education will be compulsory in all schools in England. In primary schools, a focus will be on teaching pupils that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical health. Children are expected to understand that there is a normal range of emotions, that these can differ from person to person, and that mental illness is a common experience. They should also gain an understanding of how to recognise major triggers and seek support.
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