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The school library: A powerful weapon in the battle for wellbeing

A new report suggests the school library could play a critical role in addressing young people’s health and wellbeing. Alison Tarrant and Caroline Roche from the Great School Libraries campaign explain how


The nation is in the grip of a child mental health crisis. The Children’s Society (2022) states that one in six children has a probable mental health condition, and in the last three years the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50%.

That could mean five children out of every 30 in the classroom are struggling with their wellbeing.

On the positive side, the conversation about mental health and wellbeing is more open than ever before and schools are digging deep to find ways to help their pupils stay healthy in mind as well as body. In the pandemic era, pupil wellbeing has never been so high on the agenda.

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