Emotion coaching is a concept that could help schools to better support students’ social, emotional and mental health. Educational psychologists Licette Gus and Dr Laura Meldrum-Carter explain

Ask any teacher, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and the wellbeing of pupils and staff has always been an important aspect of education.

Over the years there have been a number of programmes to promote this area for pupils, such as SEAL, TaMHS and Healthy Schools. These initiatives have demonstrated positive impact (Weare 2015), however implementing an approach in schools which is sustainable over the long-term can be more problematic.

From an SEMH perspective, whole-school approaches can appear to be too vague (Lendrum et al 2013). From an organisational change perspective, sustainable change can be threatened by difficulties with policies, competing agendas, individual attitudes, resources and time (Spillane 2010).

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