Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
‘Wise up to Wellbeing in Schools’ Young Minds, National Children’s Bureau
I qualified as a teacher in 1991. The benefits of good wellbeing provision were well-known then, but, since that time, I have witnessed the education system becoming unbalanced. Academic attainment is the chief (and sometimes only) focus as creative subjects are cut from the curriculum, lunchtime is limited and extra-curricular activities are not available for all. The reasons behind this are myriad, complex and the focus of my own academic research. Let’s just say for now that the prominence given to exams and academic attainment within the education system is having a negative impact on the mental health of our young people.
I want to combat this stress and find ways to support them, their parents and their teachers.