Headmaster’s Message – Autumn Term Week Three
I have not been at school quite as much as I would have liked over the last two weeks. Regulatory training and the annual IAPS Headmaster conference have been valuable time spent reflecting on the direction education and the independent sector are heading, during what are very turbulent times.
1 in 8 five to nineteen year olds will present with mental ill health during those years, according to a recent 2019 report from the NHS. Even for IAPS schools, a recent survey identified 1 in 10 children that would suffer a similar affliction. Depression, eating disorders, anxiety and self harm are metal illnesses that feature highly in these lists.
It is therefore more important than ever that we work together to support children with positive mental health strategies and model good behaviours.
Resilience is often termed the magic bullet, but as the clinical physician Dr Nihara Krause notes, it is far more than one word.
Resilience relies on key ingredients in a child’s life to develop it.
She notes 8 of these: