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Mental health: Moving from reactive to proactive support

We consistently talk about proactive, positive solutions for pupils’ physical health. So why can’t we do the same when it comes to their mental health? Headteacher Ben Levinson looks at how schools can ensure a positive focus on mental health
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It’s 3:30pm on Tuesday. Time for your weekly senior leadership team meeting, and this week you are talking all things physical health. What do you envision the topics of discussion will be?

Perhaps you will focus on the impact of lockdowns on pupils’ nutritional health – and you will look at changing your catering provider. You might take a deep dive into your current PE curriculum and set targets for having outstanding PE lessons. Perhaps discussions on PE budgets lead to debates about whether you can bring in some energetic new coaches to teach break-dancing to your otherwise disinterested year 6 pupils.

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