1st Edition

How to Maximise Emotional Wellbeing and Improve Mental Health The Essential Guide to Establishing a Whole-School Ethos

By Rona Tutt, Paul Williams Copyright 2021
    182 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this highly practical book, Rona Tutt and Paul Williams explore how schools and other educational settings can provide students with the right environment to support their emotional wellbeing and hence to maximise their learning potential. Encouraging collaboration between education and healthcare professionals, as well as other services, and with families, they show how to develop resilience in young people and provide them with the tools for coping with mental health issues.

    Based on a range of practical experiences from many different schools and practitioners, How to Maximise Emotional Wellbeing and Improve Mental Health discusses several crucial aspects of wellbeing in educational settings, including:

    • Changing attitudes surrounding wellbeing and mental health
    • Nurturing resilience, and its application
    • Creating a healthy and constructive ethos and environment

    Providing extensive case studies, and featuring insightful conversations with school leaders and other professionals, this book will be an essential resource for staff in schools, including those leading in mental health, as well as trainee teachers and anyone with a wider societal concern about mental wellbeing in young people.

    Foreword: From Recovery to Resilience

    Barry Carpenter

    Chapter 1 Changing Attitudes in Changing Times

    Chapter 2 A Pathway to Progress

    Chapter 3 Realigning Roles and Responsibilities

    Chapter 4 Resilience: Risk and Protective Factors

    Chapter 5 Emotional Wellbeing in the Curriculum

    Chapter 6 Creating a Healthy Ethos and Environment

    Chapter 7 A Whole-School Ethos and a Range of Resources


    Rona Tutt has an OBE for her services to special needs education. She is a past president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and a fellow of UCL’s Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE).

    Paul Williams has been a head teacher of two London special schools, taking a particular interest in the emotional wellbeing of staff and pupils. Paul has also been a national leader of education (NLE).