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Managing and supporting the increasing number of children experiencing mental health challenges in the classroom

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In the UK, students in our schools are 10 percent more likely to have higher anxiety levels than the general population, with 30 percent of those at secondary school reporting that they have experienced high anxiety. Schools are subsequently having to work with an increasing number of children with a range of mental health problems.

  • Do you feel sufficiently able to cope with the increasing number of children experiencing mental health challenges in the classroom?
  • Are your students sufficiently resilient to be able to learn effectively?
  • Do you know how to reduce anxiety and encourage students to value high levels of challenge?
  • In addition to examining issues of classroom provision for students that experience mental health challenges, this course will explore practical approaches to meet their needs in any classroom setting.

Delegates will leave the course with a host of new ideas designed to lower student anxiety and build resilience that they can use the next day.

Full Course Content

Course Outcomes:

  • An understanding of how to promote positive mental health in the classroom
  • A cutting-edge synthesis of what works and what doesn't in real classrooms
  • A range of teaching strategies that reduce student stress and build confidence
  • Effective planning to promote resilience and confidence

Course Outline:

Session 1: What is child and adolescent Mental Health?

  • What is ‘normal’ child and adolescent behaviour?
  • Addressing mental health ‘myths’
  • What can increase/decrease the possibility of mental health difficulties developing in children?
  • How do we know if a child is experiencing poor mental health?

Session 2: Why do children become anxious?

  • Identifying the causes of anxiety
  • Identifying the thought processes that anxious children go through
  • A student-based problem-solving approach to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Easy to apply strategies to use to reduce staff and student stress and anxiety

Session 3: Lesson planning to reduce anxiety and promote engagement and confidence

  • How to plan lessons that increase student resilience and confidence
  • How positive mental health in the classroom links to Growth Mindset and student progress
  • Core messages to send to students to increase confidence
  • A range of practical teaching activities that reduce student anxiety and promote engagement and confidence