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Mental Wellbeing in Schools
What Teachers Need to Know to Support Pupils from Diverse Backgrounds

ISBN 9780367749651
Published June 22, 2022 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

Teachers see the impact of pupils’ mental wellbeing on the experience of school every day. But often there is not enough practical advice on what can be done to support pupils who might need help and especially for pupils from diverse backgrounds, who might face unique challenges. This important book is a practice-facing, evidence-based guide for teachers, support staff, education students, and schools, giving advice on the ways in which we can support the mental wellbeing of pupils from diverse backgrounds.

Bringing together advice and strategies for supporting pupil mental health and wellbeing, this book makes accessible key knowledge about mental health and examines how this might vary in different pupil populations by exploring the unique challenges for disadvantaged and minority pupils. Offering valuable insights into the diverse nature of pupils’ mental health experiences, each chapter provides practical suggestions and approaches that teachers can use in the classroom, and schools can adopt into their pastoral care systems.

Including real-life case studies and key takeaways, Mental Wellbeing in Schools will be valuable reading for teachers in primary and secondary schools as well as school leaders.

Table of Contents


Pranav Patel

1. What Do Teachers Need to Know About Mental Wellbeing in Young People?

Liam Satchell

2. Black pupils, Mental Wellbeing, and Resilience

Jason Arday and Laura Morton

3. British Bangladeshi Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing in Schools

Nilufar Ahmed, Arif Mahmud and Fuad Ali

4. Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller Pupils and Mental Wellbeing

Martin Myers

5. British Chinese Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing

Bonnie Pang, Lizana Oberholzer and Winnie Sin Wai Pui

6. Educating White Working-Class Boys: Addressing Masculinity, Wellbeing and Mental Health

Garth Stahl

7. Teenage Girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing Within and Beyond School Spaces

Victoria Cann and Catherine Thomas

8. Including Pupils who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ+)

Jonathan Glazzard and Samuel Stones

9. Supporting pupils who identify as Trans*

Matt Leonard

10. Mental Wellbeing of Children Looked After (CLA) in schools

Amy Warhurst

11. Pedagogies of Welcome: Simple Yet Profound Acts to Support Refugee Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing

Caroline Bagelman

12. Mental Wellbeing challenges of Muslim pupils in UK schools

Sania Shakoor, Muthanna Samara and Hisham M. Abu-Rayya

13. Accommodating King Saul: Jewish Pupils and Mental Health

Maxim G.M. Samson

14. Children with Physical or Intellectual Impairments and Mental Wellbeing

Sian E. Jones, Clare Uytman, Leanne Ali, Laura Dalnoki, Alicia Kaliff, Daphne Lola-Luz, Morvern Mackintosh, Amanda McCune, William Muir and Kiia Uusitalo

15. Bereavement: Impact on Learner Identity, Mental Health and wellbeing

Sukhbinder Hamilton

16. Conclusion: What Can We Do to Support the Mental Wellbeing of Pupils from Diverse Backgrounds?

Arif Mahmud and Liam Satchell

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Arif Mahmud is a Lecturer in Education Studies and a member of the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Human Development at the University of Roehampton. He researches on social, emotional, and mental health experiences of young people in national and international contexts with a focus of developing and evaluating intervention programmes.

Liam Satchell is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Winchester and a member of the Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group. He is an applied psychologist and methodologist with expertise in mental health and wellbeing, educational psychology, and applying research to everyday challenges.