Adrian Bethune

Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: The updated guide to teaching happiness and positive mental health

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.

What do we think?

A great book for schools dedicated to nurturing the wellbeing of their pupils and making our primary classrooms havens of happiness and positivity.

This bestselling guide for teaching wellbeing and positive mental health in primary schools is packed with practical ideas for every classroom. Including new chapters on the importance of nature for health, behaviour and concentration, and digital wellbeing and helping children to navigate life online in a healthy way, this updated edition is an essential tool for supporting healthy emotional development in the primary classroom.

Evidence has shown that happy people (those who experience more positive emotions) perform better in school, enjoy healthier relationships, are generally more successful and even live longer! Therefore, it is an ever-growing concern that children's levels of happiness and wellbeing seem to be decreasing while their levels of stress, anxiety and depression are increasing, and this has been exacerbated further by the recent pandemic. As a result, many schools and teachers are looking for accessible ways to address these mental health problems in young people.

In this must-read book, experienced teacher and advisor on children's wellbeing, Adrian Bethune, takes the latest evidence and research from the science of happiness and positive psychology and brings them to life. Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom is packed full of tried-and-tested activities and techniques, including mindfulness, positive reflection, physical activity and acts of kindness.