Pupils and students find it incredibly hard to discuss their mental health with teachers.  So what can be done? 

A recent study by the Youth Mental Health First Aid in Schools programme has confirmed what many of us have seen day by day: the taboo surrounding mental health issues remains a fundamental barrier which stops pupils and students speaking openly about any problems they perceive.

Indeed research by the NASUWT union last year revealed that, although 98 per cent of teachers have contact with pupils who they believe are experiencing mental health issues, 46 per cent report never having received any training on youth mental health.

However the report has shown that a small number of schools are making progress in facing the issue of helping pupils and students to deal with the problems they are facing.

And thus the question is asked, how can we help improve the mental well-being of pupils and students?  It is a most important question, not least because pupils and students who have the ability to prevent mild conditions from becoming major problems cope better than those who don’t have this skill.

And this is what NLP4Kids offers.  Helping pupils and students communicate their thoughts and feelings with others, helping them make meaningful relationships, and ultimately helping them improve their employment opportunities.

If you feel that you have some pupils and students in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of mental health issues, and you would like to make use of external funding to help these children, I would ask you to get in touch.

We have already worked with numerous schools across the country and now have additional time and funding available to come to your school and work with the children you nominate. There are more details of our work at http://nlp4kids.org.uk/positive

If you would like to discuss the options without any obligation please do call 0345 3192 666 or 0203 6677 294 or email gemma@NLP4Kids.org


Explore activities that transform a knowledge regurgitator into a scientific thinker.

To excel in exams students need to be able to think critically and creatively when under pressure.  It is not enough to simply regurgitate a concept or rule.  They need to be able to apply ideas to situations they may not have encountered before – whilst meeting tight deadlines.

You can receive a set of curriculum linked resources that are specifically designed to develop these skills through science – the very skills the OECD report are in increasingly high demand by employers but in short supply.

It is all part of the new Thinkers in Education Update that is going live this term and costs absolutely nothing.

Starters, plenaries, full lessons and projects – supported by teaching screens, student worksheets, online quizzes and homework challenges – can be emailed to you a few times each term to download ready to insert into your teaching as and when the time arises.

The activities will save you time, challenge pupils to learn by problem solving and help to increase engagement via the unusual contexts and competitive challenges included.

More importantly, they will help you to identify and transform those students who are fabulous at regurgitating information but then fall short under exam pressures.  It is an approach that has proven hugely successful with thousands of pupils in our STEM workshops since 2001.

You will receive a range of classroom activities throughout the year, find out about student workshops in your area and have first access to any upcoming promotions.

It takes less than a minute to request the updates.  Simply click here to have a look.

Alternatively, you can email me with any queries you have:  joseph@thinkersineducation.co.uk