Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education

At Champion Tutor, we know the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing, and how it’s linked to success in education. Our track record in helping children and young people from a wide range of backgrounds to reach their academic potential, and to achieve personal wellbeing goals, has helped pupils’ self-confidence to flourish, and prevented school exclusion for children with severe social, emotional, and mental health needs.

Promoting Positive Mental Health
What emotional barriers to reaching learning potential might
children and young people face?
A fear of failure, and of making mistakes, can be experienced by children and young people of all abilities, including high achieving perfectionists who feel under pressure to keep grades high, as well as those lacking confidence in their learning abilities.
Self-limiting beliefs and comparing oneself harshly against peers can result in not wanting to try, giving up, putting things off and losing interest in learning. Children who may seem lazy may procrastinate to hide self-doubt, and worry about weaknesses being exposed.
Anxiety and low mood can be triggered by all sorts of reasons, from friendship issues, social media messages, life’s pressures, loss or trauma. If not openly talked through, issues can escalate. Children may carry shame or anger, which can affect levels of concentration and learning engagement.

Our tutors are equipped with the intuition and training to support positive mental health, and identify and break down the barriers that young people have with learning.

The Ongoing Impact of Covid 19 on the Wellbeing of Young People in Education

Since March 2020, Covid 19 has raised challenges for many children and young people whose education has been disrupted. Parents and carers may have faced personal wellbeing challenges alongside supporting home learning, such as isolation or work stress. Many university undergraduates have missed out socially and educationally. Some of our graduate tutors have postponed their gap-years or career plans.

Whatever the case, our young people have been put at a disadvantage in their learning this year, and may feel increased pressure with their studies. With the support of a private tutor, students can gain back missed time quickly, and regain confidence and control of their studies, putting them in a better position to succeed.

How our Tutors Can Support Students

As well as being outstanding academic achievers, our tutors are relatable role models who are attuned to mental wellbeing and inspiring a new-found sense of enjoyment in learning. Our people are...

Emotionally intelligent and empathetic.
Positive communicators who engender a safe culture of mutual respect.
Committed to nurturing a ‘growth mindset’ to maximise learners’ interest and engagement.
Relatable role models who can inspire students to build resilience and reach their potential.

The training that we offer our tutors is founded on a ‘growth mindset’ and ‘emotional coaching’ to embed wellbeing into learning, so that students can overcome their own unique challenges. We actively encourage students to...

Express how they feel about the challenges they face.
Reflect positively on strengths; see mistakes, and perceived failures as learning opportunities.
Become independent learners, responsible for their actions, who know when to ask for help.
Set and achieve aspirational goals to take pride in effort and acknowledge progress.
Self-regulate their behaviour, set limits, plan their study and create routines that work.
Develop resilience, perseverance, and a solution-focused approach to problems.
Prioritise self-care, express gratitude and appreciate others.
Build life-long curiosity and a love of learning.

Wellbeing links and books to inspire

Online

  • The research of Professor Carol Dweck (Stanford University) demonstrates how developing a ‘growth mindset’ is essential to a person’s learning and development.’
  • The ‘art of brilliance’ specialises in helping people become more positive, motivated and brilliant!rilliant person.
  • ‘The School of Life’ supports emotional literacy and resilience for children, young people and adults. YouTube video
  • ‘Heads Together’ - Charity supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which challenges the stigma of mental health for children, young people and adults across schools, in the home and in the workplace.
  • Mind - Charity that supports those living with or supporting others with mental health issues.
  • The ‘Rethink’ toolkit aims to support social and emotional intelligence, encouraging mindful reflection, amongst other positive strategies. It is created by ‘Mindfulness without Borders’.
  • RULER (Recognising, understanding, labelling, expressing, regulating) - an approach to build children’s social and emotional literacy, developed at the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence.
  • The National Autistic Society page on Carol Gray’s Social Stories shows how social stories and comic strip explanations of what, why, when, to whom and how things happen can support understanding of society.
  • The Friends Resilience App is a free downloadable game, made by Friends’ resilience, a ‘world health organisation’ endorsed programme.

Literature

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