On 25th February 2019, the DfE announced that from September 2020 all Primary and Secondary school children will be taught about mental wellbeing – with a clear focus on the link between physical and mental health.

To ensure a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing is being taken, the DfE is offering funding training for senior mental health leads.

What will be covered in Primary schools
  • Introduction of compulsory relationships education.
  • Children will learn that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life and why self-care is important.
  • Age appropriate online safety lessons will be introduced – such as respect for others when posting anonymously and risks of talking to others online.
  • Focus on the importance of taking time away from being online – such as exercising and getting enough sleep.

 

What will be covered in Secondary schools
  • Spotting signs of mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, in themselves and others.
  • Learning how to discuss their emotions and how to access professional help.
  • Pupils will be taught about online safety including the ricks of sharing private photos, how to report explicit content and how the internet can promote an unhealthy view of relationships.  This new content will complement the existing computing curriculum.

 

Read the full report from the DfE here.