Mental health and wellbeing is a hugely important agenda in education, both nationally and internationally. Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Primary School unpacks scientific and psychological research and evidence to explain positive mental health through the lens of a primary classroom in the language of teaching professionals.
Chapter by chapter, the book focuses on specific elements fundamental to positive mental health promotion in the classroom, including developing positive relationships, emotional literacy, empowering children as learners as well as the importance of teacher wellbeing, and illustrates how these can be achieved. It offers:
- An examination into the connection between positive mental health and good teaching
- Guidance underpinned by evidence for teachers and school leaders who wish to embed a consistent approach to positive mental health promotion
- Practical suggestions for whole school professional learning
Written from first-hand experience in both teaching and research, this accessible text makes positive mental health promotion meaningful to teachers, helping them build understanding and move from theory into practice. It is an essential resource for all practising teachers, trainee teachers, school support staff and school leaders.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Theoretical and contextual background Chapter 1 – What is positive mental health Chapter 2 – Positive mental health promotion in schools Part II: How to promote positive mental health in school Introduction to Part 2 Chapter 3 – Positive Relationships Chapter 4 – Ethos Chapter 5 – Emotional literacy Chapter 6 – Empowering children as learners Chapter 7 – Embedded promotion and targeted action Part III: Strategies for developing whole school approaches, including those to promote teacher wellbeing Chapter 8 – The importance of a whole school approach Chapter 9 – Teacher wellbeing Appendix References
Deborah Holt, formerly a primary school teacher and headteacher, is a lecturer and researcher of positive mental health promotion in education at the University of Edinburgh.