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Promoting Mental, Emotional and Social Health
A Whole School Approach

ISBN 9780415168762
Published March 15, 2000 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Schools are now seen as being one of the key agents which can help redress society's most fundamental problems, create more cohesive communities and promote citizenship and a sense of social conscience in the young. Promoting Mental, Emotional and Social Health: A Whole School Approach provides a clear and practical overview of ways in which mainstream schools can promote the health of all those who work and learn in them.

Supported by the latest new evidence from the UK and Europe as well as findings from the USA, it outlines and examines:

* evidence that social and emotional learning and academic achievement can go hand in hand and that the same key factors underlie both happy and effective schools
* the areas of school life that are the key to promoting social and affective health, including relationships with families and the community, management and the curriculum
* the competencies that we all need to become more emotionally literate and relate to more effectively.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why promoting mental, emotional and social health is becoming a fundamental issue in schools 1. Definitions, concepts and principles 2. Creating a supportive whole school environment 3. Developing self esteem and emotional competency 4. Relating to others and developing social competency 5. Classroom and curriculum issues Appendix: some agencies concerned with mental, emotional and social health in schools

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Katherine Weare is director of the Health Education Unit, University of Southampton. Her previous publications include Developing Mental and Emotional Health in the European Network of Health Promoting Schools for the World Health Organisation


'Katherine Weare's book is an excellent publication. It is easy to read and is heavily based on research evidence.' - Professor Lawrence St Leger, Health Education

'The book makes a unique contribution ... it is also very easy to read and does not alarm those who are new to some of the concepts of whole school approaches to mental and emotional health ...' - David Rivett, Technical Adviser, World Health Organization

'This book proposes a refreshingly new, practical but evidence-based approach to the promotion of mental health in schools. I can thoroughly recommend it.' - Professor P.J. Graham

'Weare provides a lucid and persuasive argument for adopting a whole-school approach to mental, emotional and social health as part of any strategy for improving morale and well being while also raising levels of academic attainment. - James Park, Antidote: Campaign for Emotional Literacy

'It makes a persuasive case for how social and affective education can support academic learning and help schools meet ever increasing demands ... a valuable overview of the subject with good referencing and evidence of what works ...' - Mary Tidyman, Mentality

'This book offers a clear and practical guide through the minefield of competing theories of learning and would be an essential addition to the library of anyone involved in the development of whole school policies and the whole school ethos, anyone with responsibility for behaviour support and any teacher wishing to develop their understanding of the role of the emotions in learning and in the ways we relate to others.' - Sue Akehurst, Educational Review

'I found this book to be a very practical and easily read guide to addressing mental, emotional and social health in mainstream schools.' - M. McCoy, Journal of the Royal Institute of Public Health