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Children’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools

Children’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools

Second Edition

October 2019 | 184 pages | Learning Matters
Many teachers feel overwhelmed and lack confidence when it comes to dealing with mental health and emotional well-being of children these issues in their classrooms. This text supports schools and teachers to develop strategies to enhance the importance of mental health and emotional well-being, to work on preventative strategies and to support children when they need more intervention. The new edition of this important text is now updated to include coverage on the impact of early life experiences on children's mental health as well as more on the influence of technology and social media. This second edition also comes with a new 'critical thinking' feature that encourages students to reflect on these issues. It outlines lots of effective strategies for working with children who are struggling to manage the school day and offers advice for engaging meaningfully with parents. The final chapter 'Who's looking after who?' reminds the reader that schools should seek to support their staff, as well as their pupils.
1. Children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing
2. Promoting whole school approach
3. Children and young people’s behaviour: what is being communicated and how should we respond?
4. Self-esteem
5. Bullying and promoting resilience
6. Social media, cyberbullying and body image
7. The influence of family mental health
8. The need for inclusion
9. Who’s looking after whom?

This is a really helpful text which covers the importance of considering mental health and wellbeing when teaching in an accessible and realistic manner, the case studies are well written and contemporary and there are lots of really practical ideas for how children can be supported.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
July 8, 2020

Concerns about mental health in children are rising. With the amount of time they spend with children, teachers are best placed to identify any issues and facilitate early intervention.

Dr Lucy Currie
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
October 1, 2019

A really useful book that is easy to navigate and digest

Mr Mark Rimmer
Society , Health & Childhood, Blackpool and the Fylde College
September 24, 2019

This is a helpful book for a new module which I have started this semester. It provides an overview and introductory text for a number of concepts covered within the module.

Mrs Sian Templeton
Department of Education, Gloucestershire University
June 25, 2019

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Colin Howard

Colin Howard is a senior primary lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (ITT) at the University of Worcester. He has been involved in primary education for over 24 years of which 14 years has been as a successful head teacher in both small village and large primary school settings. He has a strong research interest which includes primary science, aspects of professional practice and teachers’ professional identity. He is a SIAMS inspector of the Diocese of Hereford. More About Author

Maddie Burton

Madeleine Burton is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and for several years worked in both inpatient and community CAMHS. Maddie is currently Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester. Maddie continues to maintain close links with CAMHS practice and works with schools from a CAMH perspective. She holds membership of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the Association for Infant Mental Health. Maddie’s research interests include suicide and self-harm in children and young people, infant, maternal and parental mental health. More About Author

Denisse Levermore

Denisse Levermore is a Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester. Her qualifications include: Registered General Nurse, Registered Children’s Nurse, Diploma in Social Work and MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Denisse has over 15 years’ experience of working with vulnerable families and child and adolescent mental health in her previous roles as a Nurse Therapist within CAMHS and as a Family Nurse within Family Nurse Partnership.  More About Author