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Case study: Making mental health a priority in Morecambe

Mental health
The mental health and wellbeing of pupils and families has become a priority for primary schools, nowhere more so than at Morecambe Bay Primary. Emma Lee-Potter finds out about their work

When Siobhan Collingwood became headteacher of a Lancashire primary school 14 years ago she never imagined the complex range of issues she would be dealing with on a daily basis.

Pupils at Morecambe Bay Primary School in the coastal resort of Morecambe face a host of challenges. With the local economy in decline, a preponderance of multi-tenancy housing and an increase in the use of food banks, many families are in crisis – and this impacts on the mental and emotional wellbeing of pupils. Furthermore, 50 per cent of the 310 children on the school roll have free school meals and 56 per cent are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

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