Psychology can help pupils ask ‘Who am I?’

Experts say the subject promotes good mental health and call for it to be given greater weight in schools

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Psychology helps young people to understand themselves, relationships and how to control their own actions – and even teaches them the importance of a good night’s sleep, says Jonathan Firth, who runs Scotland’s only teacher education course for the subject. “I am passionate about how much students can gain from psychology,” he explains. “There is quite a lot of overlap with personal and social education and mental health and a lot of the things that are increasingly moving into the spotlight in schools and education.

“The pupils can get more of an understanding of themselves. They also learn ...

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