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Understanding what your pupils' behaviour is communicating

Mental health in schools, Practical tools for support
Schools, NHS staff and commissioners, Youth workers

This resource covers:

Practical activities for school staff to use with pupils to help recognise and understand their behaviours as an expression of their feelings and wellbeing needs.

Staff wellbeing reminders


  • An image of our staff reminder poster. There is a four bullet point list about encouraging staff at schools.
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Talking to your pupils when they are stressed


  • Six orange thought clouds are on the page and have question and tips for talking to pupils when they are stressed.
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Stress bucket


  • A preview of the stress bucket resource.
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Breathing and grounding techniques


  • A preview of the resource showing a hand for breathing and 5 things to do to find your calm.
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