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The school that puts wellbeing first

One London school is doing everything it can to improve children’s mental health - redesigning classrooms and the playground, and delivering therapy to about one in 10 pupils.

On average, one in eight children in the UK has a mental health disorder – that’s about three children in every classroom. Yet there are just 4.5 psychiatrists for every 100,000 young people - that’s fewer than most other European countries. With the UK’s mental health provision for children so stretched, help often ends up coming from families and schools.

One school in London has actively taken up this challenge. Highgate Primary School has developed a unique system in which dozens of children can get one-to-one sessions with trainee therapists, while some struggling parents are also offered support. The school has redesigned its playground so children can find areas that fit their mood, and it has given over more time to activities such as gardening, cooking and drama.

Today’s programme features some of the children that have benefited from these ideas – but can other schools replicate them?

Reporter: William Kremer

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