Creating a therapeutic school: Classroom environments

In a new regular series for Headteacher Update, expert Shahana Knight will advise schools on supporting the emotional and mental health of children and staff, offering easy-to-implement and cost-effective activities. Here she focuses on the classroom environment and a useful whole-school idea

September is here and schools everywhere are probably at their most creative in this first term. The focus will be on classroom set up, welcoming new children, creating a new class team and getting learning plans in place for the year to come.

Since the government set out its plans for children’s mental health in its Green Paper Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision (December 2017 & July 2018), it is also an important time to focus on the plans you have to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of your pupils as many will be returning after a difficult summer break.

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