An exploration of mental illness in primary school pupils A look at some of the most common emotional and behavioural issues that can affect primary school pupils, and how teachers can spot the early warning signs. Educational psychologist John McDonagh outlines a range of mental health disorders, including ADHD, and emotional issues such as depression, that can affect children.

At Priory Lane Junior School, Scunthorpe, headteacher Carole Couch has many years experience of developing pupils’ emotional well-being and tackling barriers to their education, while Year 3 teacher Sheila Hansford recounts her direct experiences of pupils struggling with mental health issues, and speaks honestly about how this has affected her as a teacher.

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