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Mental health: Three schools, three strategies

Three of the schools where Phil Denton has worked have had innovative and effective approaches to supporting good student attitudes, wellbeing and mental health. He explains more

Ibelieve we have a crisis among young people across the United Kingdom. I am not alone in thinking that this crisis is mental health.

Of course, the causes of this are many and varied, but in my experience the impact of the increased rigour to our national curriculum is being felt as much in year 1 classrooms as it is in the exam halls of secondary schools across the country.

Of course this is not just limited to students. It also touches staff, senior leaders, headteachers, governing bodies and those within our local authorities (or multi-academy trusts).

The increased rigour may well lead to students with a greater breadth of academic knowledge and understanding, but in it is wake it could well leave a legacy of stress, anxiety and subsequent mental health casualties.

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