Looking after wellbeing in primary schools

Author: Jo Barwell
Published: 02/02/2022

Wellbeing resources to support us all

It's difficult to support others if we're not feeling well ourselves, so let's think first about staff wellbeing and self-care. Andy Sammons - author of The Compassionate Teacher - offers some top tips in his article 10 golden rules of mental health wellbeing, and these 20 ideas to improve teacher wellbeing in schools are easily implemented as a way to support colleagues. You might also try Simple wellbeing strategies which was written for lockdown but includes many suggestions we can take into school or continue at home.

Author Jenny Mosely offers very practical suggestions for maintaining children's mental health and wellbeing in her article Promoting wellbeing in schools which is accompanied by a useful resource, Tips for wellbeing. Jenny's tips can be used for any age group.

Using the 'Ten Keys to Happier Living' as a framework for the teaching of emotional wellbeing and happier living skills does exactly what it says on the (rather large) tin. The writers of this resource and of the accompanying article Teaching emotional wellbeing skills offer great suggestions for how to teach children the keys to happier living - the central theme of the Action for Happiness Movement. It's food for thought for all of us.

Five tips to promote wellbeing is a great child-facing resource that includes a challenge in which children roll a die and complete the corresponding activity. It's suitable for KS1 or KS2.

And finally, if you, a colleague or someone in your care needs more, our resource 10 ways to find support for children and young people's mental health signposts a list of organisations that offer mental health support and advice for adults and children with mental health challenges. These include Place2Be, Young Minds, the NHS and Mentally Healthy Schools. 

This article was first published as Editor's pick on 16 January 2022. 

Jo Barwell

Senior Content Lead at Teachit