Secondary pupils to be taught how to deal with stress and cope with modern life.

The new lesson plans for secondary school pupils will cover topics such as cyberbullying, social media and body image.

Public Health England  said they will help children build “crucial life-skills” and improve their mental health and well being.

They will be rolled out to all secondary schools in England, and taught during Personal, Social, Health and Economic  classes.

Teachers will screen YouTube videos from popular bloggers in a bid to encourage digital-obsessed teenagers to engage with educational topics.

Pupils will learn also about bullying generally, as well as exam stress, relationships and alcohol use and smoking.

Say ‘NO’ to Cyber Bullying

Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at PHE, said: “As natives of the social media world, young people have to navigate a minefield of challenges while enjoying the benefits of technology.”

“The new resources will help young people develop coping mechanisms and life skills to deal with diverse challenges, from cyber bullying and exam stress to body image, in a digital world.”



The Government has announced plans to make these classes mandatory in secondary schools and is currently consulting on the proposal.

“The lesson plans provide opportunities for students to engage in active learning and to discuss and reflect upon the social and emotional aspects of issues they face on a daily basis.

“The lessons are consistently well-matched to the needs of young people and enable them to demonstrate progress as their understanding and skills develop.”

Threat to students suffering from anxiety

Anxiety builds

“I see the anxiety in kids starting to build about secondary school,” Ms Hamilton told BBC News NI.

No fault of the secondary school – they’re excellent and many are very excited to be going there – but they’re apprehensive too and a lot of the time, that can be fed down from parents as well, they’re worried about them.

You’re going from a very close-knit family atmosphere in a primary school – where you have one teacher who sees a child every day all day, and gets to know them and their wee quirks and can spot very quickly if they’re out of sorts – to the very difficult job of senior school teachers who see them maybe for half an hour.

It’s more difficult for them to pick up on those things, much as they try, so parents sometimes need the reassurance and understanding that the transition can be easier than they expect.



Complex challenges

The need to “strengthen the resilience of young people” is one of the key challenges facing education system.

All young people need to build resilience. It is timely to review the need for strengthening the resilience of children and young people at all levels through stronger and more explicit preventative education within the wider taught pastoral care curriculum.

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