Updated: Oct 17, 2020
What impacts children mental health at school?
In one of the schools we work with, year 3 and 4 students explored this question –
“How might we create a positive and supportive learning environment at our school?”
As part of their research, they interviewed their peers in order to understand the different perspectives on what a supportive ad positive learning environment is.
They discovered there are three main areas impacting students mental health:
· Feeling part of the school community
· Having a supportive and fun learning environment
· Having a sense of achievement
When students experience all three, they are happy at school.
Here are few answers to the question – “What might make you feel good about yourself at school?”:
“Having teachers that help me learn”
“When I do a kind act to someone”
“If my teachers say something good about me”
“When my friends and teachers support me”
“People showing me respect”
“When I am being nice to others and they are being nice to me”