A culture of respect is vital for children’s mental health

We need to stop arguing about where a teacher’s responsiblities end, and start looking at how we can protect pupils’ wellbeing, says Nancy Gedge

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I sometimes worry that I cause more harm than good where students’ poor mental health is concerned. The role of teacher is not the same as healer. While I don’t want to pathologise the everyday stresses and strains we all feel – and we need to feel if we are going to effectively cope with adult life – I don’t want to ignore or belittle a young person who is doing their best but struggling nonetheless.

And nor should we. Thanks to the SEND Code of Practice, the social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) of students is part of the responsibilities of teachers. So, frankly, we need to stop ...

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