More than just a ‘happy-clappy’ intervention

With schools struggling to improve students’ wellbeing and resilience, the positive education movement is starting to win over the cynics. Peter Tait makes the case for training teachers in ‘feeling good and doing good’

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At a time when society is facing a worrying increase in the number of children experiencing mental health issues, it is becoming clear that many of our schools have neither the resources nor the trained staff to cope.

There have been marked increases in self-harm, childhood depression, eating and sleeping disorders, as well as rates of permanent school exclusion (up some 40 per cent in the past three years). Children are lost and confused despite, or more often because of, their reliance on a virtual identity: their lives are measured in likes and followers.

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