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Supporting pupils through yet another wellbeing crisis

The pandemic is receding, but the cost-of-living crisis is hitting children's wellbeing just as hard. A whole-school approach to mental health is helping pupils at Rose Lane Primary in a disadvantaged area of London. Katie Parks explains

I am a counsellor at Rose Lane Primary, a school of more than 690 pupils which serves a very underprivileged part of Barking and Dagenham local authority.

I have been in the education world for 30 years, mostly as a teacher. Nine years ago I retrained as a therapist, and I now head up wellbeing interventions and support teams here at the school.

A lot of our families are already on the breadline. It seems that the challenges endured by these families come in waves, each one more serious than the one before. First we had Covid and now we have the cost of living crisis.

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