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What is the role of education in promoting emotional wellbeing in children & young people?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by HouseOfCommons, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. wroberts3

    wroberts3 New commenter

    The whole idea of implementing some sort of policy to ensure the school curriculum includes provision for the emotional and psychological wellbeing of students is a blatant display of the disconnect between politics and education as it is really carried out every day in this country. 'Emotional wellbeing' is not something you can add on for 20 minutes after maths on a Tuesday to 'meet the needs' presented to you by latest statistical data. It is something that is at the very centre of every single act a caring professional takes. The Health and Education Select Committee is not going to crowd-source some kind of happiness formula to feed back to government and on to schools by this exercise. If the DfE cares about people's emotional wellbeing, it can start by keeping this at the forefront of every other discussion it ever holds about education, as we do in our staffrooms.
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  2. irs1054

    irs1054 Lead commenter

    I think in reply to this thread I can do no better than to quote a post I made back in 2015.

    I can only hope that someone in the House of Commons understands the point.

  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    The curriculum needs space for lessons that enable children to be creative, active and constructive (not all at the same time). It needs to have space for children to realise that not everything they do needs to be assessed and that assessment is not the be all and end all of life. It needs to have teachers who can convey the joy of creativity and activity, without undermining the importance of the academic qualifications (which should make a majority of the curriculum)
    We also need to know that if we refer a child because of the child's mental health issues, someone properly qualified will deal with it properly in a timely manner and take as long with the child as it needs.
    galerider123, BettyTA and dleaf12 like this.
  4. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Well said! Actually telling kids what depression or schizophrenia or bipolar actually IS would be a start..still shamefully stigmatised. But as most schools breed teacher and student breakdowns anyway, I am not holding out much hope that things will ever change.
  5. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    What he said!!
  6. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    It seems, to me, an impossible task to promote emotional well-being to our pupils/students when our own emotional (physical and mental) well-being is completely ignored.

    The list of things teachers are supposed to 'promote' grows by the day. Only yesterday there was a local news story on the TV calling for teachers to teach about the dangers of using Mobile phones whilst driving. Add to that all of the other things and there's no time to teach our subjects!

    Ideally, of course, parents should be ensuring their children know about these things.
    SomethingWicked and Billie73 like this.
  7. HouseOfCommons

    HouseOfCommons New commenter

    The deadline for submissions has now passed. Thank you for all of your contributions, they will help to inform the Education and Health Committees' inquiry.

    You can keep up to date with the inquiry here.
  8. Children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self – and who can understand and manage their own health and emotions – are in a better position to reach their full potential in the future.
  9. HouseOfCommons

    HouseOfCommons New commenter

    Today, the Education and Health Committees heard evidence on the role of education in children and young people's mental health.

    The witnesses in the first part of the session were:
    Natasha Devon, Founder, Self-Esteem Team
    Baroness Tyler of Enfield, Chair, Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission
    Dr Peter Hindley, Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in paediatric liaison, St Thomas' Hospital, London
    Lord Layard, Director, Well-Being Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

    Witnesses in the second part were:
    Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, Department for Education
    Karen Turner, Director of Mental Health, NHS England
    Nicola Blackwood MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

    Watch the evidence session online here.
  10. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Thank you for reminding us of this.
  11. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    Here's a thought - let's also concentrate on the emotional and mental wellbeing of teachers. That way we might not be in such a pickle with people leaving the profession in droves.

    Just a suggestion.
    SomethingWicked likes this.
  12. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Once upon a time 'Every Child Matters' - allegedly.
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  13. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    A fascinating insight into the disconnected overthinking processes which lead to national initiatives which the education system lacks the capacity to deliver. Dreadful meeting.
  14. HouseOfCommons

    HouseOfCommons New commenter

    The Health and Education Committees have published their report on 'children and young people's mental health - the role of education'.

    The key findings of the report were:
    • Schools and colleges struggle to provide adequate time and resource for pupils’ well-being.
    • The Committees say an increasing number of education providers are having to cut back on mental health services, such as in-school counsellors, despite a growing prevalence of mental ill health among children and young people.
    • The report notes that half of all cases of mental illness in adult life start before the age of 15 and that one in 10 children aged between 5-16 have had a diagnosed mental disorder.
    • Schools and colleges have a front line role in promoting and protecting children and young people’s mental health and well-being but, the Government also has a significant part to play.
    • Both Committees welcome the Government’s commitment to make personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) mandatory in schools and colleges but, the promotion of well-being cannot be confined to PSHE lessons.
    Thank you for submitting your comments which helped to shape the inquiry.

    You can find out more information and read the report in full here.
  15. SomethingWicked

    SomethingWicked Occasional commenter

    Very well put argument, someone needs to stick it to Nick Gibbs's head.
  16. HouseOfCommons

    HouseOfCommons New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    This afternoon, MPs will discuss an e-petition relating to mental health education in schools.

    The petition asked to 'make mental health education compulsory in primary and secondary schools.' You can see the full text of the petition, and the Government's written response here.

    Watch the debate in Westminster Hall live from 4.30pm.

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