Pupils' Health: Balm for troubled minds
By Helen Cowie, Chrissy Boardman, Judith Dawkins and Dawn Jennifer
Paul Chapman Publishing pound;18.99
Young Minds in Our Schools: a guide for teachers and other working in schools
By Peter Wilson
Kids Talking: learning relationships and culture with children
By John Meyer
Rowman and Littlefield pound;20.95
The authors of Emotional Health and Well-Being point out: "In any school of 1,000 pupils there are likely to be 50 pupils with a depressive illness, 100 who are suffering significant distress, 10-20 with obsessive compulsive disorder, 5-10 girls with an eating disorder."
Of the rest, a large number will have less serious problems, which nonetheless affect their well-being.
The extent to which any of these inner difficulties become outward problems is significantly altered by the way the children are treated by their schools, and just one story in this book illustrates the point. "In a small Roman Catholic secondary school, the pupils were expected to sit for an hour and a half for a weekly Mass. One boy in Year 7 with mild ADHD found this the most difficult part of the week."
Read Gerald's reviews of all three books in fullnbsp;in this week's TES Friday magazine