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How to Build Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

3rd May 2022

Focusing on emotional wellbeing in schools can help your pupils flourish – both academically and personally. Children who are suffering from emotional distress, or undergoing personal difficulties tend to have worse academic achievement, and in the long run can be turned away from education overall. Children and young people should be encouraged to develop in schools, and learn ways to build personal and emotional resilience. Schools can play a major part in helping young people grow emotionally, and develop new ways of learning. Children that have sufficient emotional wellbeing are better equipped not just for their schools years, but for all years to come.

Understanding Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

One of the best ways to build emotional wellbeing in schools is to focus on understanding it – throughout the school. Schools that best deal with emotional wellbeing are those that adopt a school-wide approach, with a strategy that is unified across all age groups. It is best to build your school-wide plan around: • Building and inclusive and supportive culture. • Fostering autonomy and personal independence. • Formulating a school-wide sense of purpose. • Expectations that fit within set boundaries.

Learning and Growing

Emotional wellbeing is best fostered in a culture where talking is encouraged. It is easier said than done, but young people need to feel that their problems are understood and that they are being listened to. The best way to do this is through a collective approach. Young people’s voices are often minimised or even outright ignored. Schools can help address this by focusing on activities that seem particularly relevant to young people’s lives and problems. This can help students see the relevance of the activities they are taking part in. In turn, this often helps their willingness to be involved with activities.

Working Together to develop Emotional Wellbeing

While emotional wellbeing is a personal and individual concern, schools can focus on it collectively. One of the ways to do so is to work on simple activities that everyone can take part in – such as deep breathing. Control over breathing is an extremely effective means of reducing the impact of stress on the mind. Collective participation in deep breathing exercises at the start of the school day can help students start the day off in the right frame of mind. Deep breathing resets and refocuses the mind. Children’s stress is often not just about schoolwork, but also about home life. Allowing children to make the start of the school day where they let go of external stresses can help them build a positive association with school and emotional wellbeing.

Getting Physical

Physical activity is a great way to both calm the mind and stimulate the senses. Undertaking regular physical exercise has been proven to be one of the best ways to develop both a healthy body and a healthy mind. The current advice is that children aged 5-16 should take part in at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. Schools can help make sure this is the case, while helping to build emotional wellbeing at the same time. Wellbeing Through Sport help schools set up sporting paths towards healthy minds as much as healthy bodies. We offer a range of courses to help schools better their wholistic education. We specialise in using sports to help foster mental wellbeing – that means our courses are not purely theoretical, but include lesson plans, reflective task sheets and online CPD training.

Get in touch today, and let’s talk about how we can help your pupils together.