The modern teaching environment is busy, as any teacher managing PPA cover is well aware, but it is crucial that the mental wellbeing of children is prioritised.
A new website recently launched by the Duchess of Cambridge aims to draw together resources to improve knowledge, awareness and confidence in supporting the mental health of schoolchildren, BT reports.
The portal covers teaching resources, risks and protective matters, mental health requirements and a holistic approach for school leaders looking at their academic institution as a whole.
The Royal launched the Mentally Healthy Schools scheme, the pilot for which involves 50 schools and is coordinated by the Duchess’ Royal Foundation, saying that intervening and supporting boys and girls early on helps them deal with issues as they grow into adults.
“I see time and time again that there is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health,” she was quoted as saying.
The Duchess gave the website the green light at the Roe Green Junior School in Kingsbury, North-West London where she said teachers need resources they can trust. The website is free to use and has been designed to save teachers time as they learn more about supporting the mental wellbeing of their students.
As well as plugging a gap in mental health support, more needs to be done to narrow the education gap for children from lower-income families.
The Guardian reported recently that Department for Education data puts a 15 point gap or reading between children from poorer backgrounds and their peers.