Adrian Bethune

Enhancing Wellbeing in Our Primary School - Second Edition

As a headteacher I was passionate about fostering happiness and wellbeing in our school, I recently had the opportunity to explore Adrian Bethune's book, "Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom." Adrian's expertise shines through in this practical guide aimed at promoting happiness and emotional health among young learners.

The book, with 224 pages of valuable content, delves into the science of happiness and positive psychology, providing a wealth of evidence and research to support its recommendations. The investigation of mindfulness, optimistic thinking, and the effectiveness of kindness in enhancing the general wellbeing of our students particularly piqued my interest as a headteacher. 

Adrian's work truly reinforces the need for a shift in education, emphasising the importance of educating the whole child and prioritising mental health alongside academic performance. "Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom" serves as a timely reminder that we must embrace approaches that cultivate happiness and emotional resilience in our students.

Each chapter of the book offers practical suggestions and tried-and-tested activities that can be easily implemented in the classroom. The author's thorough research ensures that the presented ideas are recent, credible, and persuasively supported, providing classroom teachers with valuable tools to support the wellbeing of their pupils.

While the book effectively serves as a signpost to additional research, I appreciate Adrian's approach of offering actionable steps that teachers can readily apply. The emphasis on mindfulness exercises, positive reflection, physical activity, and acts of kindness contributes to creating a positive and nurturing learning environment.

As a headteacher committed to embracing change and promoting happiness in our school, I believe that "Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom" aligns perfectly with our ethos. However, I must acknowledge that the impact of some themes would be amplified if embraced school-wide. A more radical approach that targets school leaders, encouraging them to create a culture of wellbeing, could further enhance the book's influence.

Overall, I applaud the intentions of Adrian Bethune's book, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all fellow school leaders and teachers. It serves as a valuable resource for teachers who seek to enhance their classroom practises with a focus on emotional and mental health. By incorporating the insights and strategies from this book, we can empower our students to flourish not only academically but also emotionally, allowing them to lead happier, healthier lives.

In conclusion, "Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom" is an essential guide for schools dedicated to nurturing the wellbeing of their students. I urge all headteachers and school leaders to explore this book, as its wisdom can revolutionise our approach to education, making our primary classrooms havens of happiness and positivity.