Leading on mental and emotional wellbeing

Knowing how best to support pupils’ emotional and mental health needs is a vital element of the middle leader’s role.

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Whether you are a seasoned middle leader or one term into the job, it won’t have escaped your notice that supporting pupil wellbeing is currently a major concern for leadership teams across the country. Take a glance at recent reports around children’s mental health and you will understand why.

In October, children’s helpline Childline revealed that more than one-fifth (22 per cent) of the almost 300,000 children who it counselled in 2016-17 were primarily concerned about their mental and emotional health – an increase of 8 per cent on the previous year.

And in June 2017, Tes revealed that ...

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