So this is the first blog I’ve written in over 3 years. I have been very unsettled by the school closures just over a week ago and the cancelling of state examinations due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I’m incredibly anxious about a lot of things (which I imagine many people are at the moment) but… Continue reading Student well being activities during the Coronavirus lock down
Yesterday, after two intensive days of training I qualified as a youth mental health first aider. I am very proud to have completed the course and I would highly recommend it to others who are concerned about young people’s mental health. When I completed my M.Sc. in public health promotion in 2006 I regularly… Continue reading Mental Health First Aid in schools.
Mental is a word which has far too long been regarded in negative terms and is largely equated with mental illness. Mental illness is often misunderstood; it frightens people and often has attached to it an enormous amount of stigma. People are resistant to the thought of children having mental health problems; with many believing… Continue reading A whole school assembly on food and mental health.
At the moment I am like a busy squirrel collecting resources for the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE specification. As a health promoter as well as a teacher I am delighted too that one of the main objectives of the specification is that : “students must understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health… Continue reading Pupil Well being – Food, Mood and Health Game.
5 A Day – Teacher Well Being It is very easy to neglect ourselves as teachers and get caught up in our busy school and home lives.There have been lots of tweets about teacher well being and the teacher 5 a day initiative, which is a fab idea.It’s got me thinking really. Now and again… Continue reading 5 a day – Teacher Well Being.
I love the new addition to my classroom, the stretch and challenge wall. It give pupils choices, motivates them and pushes them out of their comfort zone. Its only been in my classroom for about 5 weeks now and it clearly has benefits but it may never be as beneficial as the calm wall or… Continue reading Well Being – The Calm or Reduce Stress Wall
This is a lesson plan that includes a power point, reflection activity and plenary at the bottom on an important topic, the role of food in mental health. It has worked very effectively for me with ages from 12 -18. It is a sensitive topic but a very important one. Please feel free to… Continue reading Teaching about Food and Mood!