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This Much I Know About Mind Over Matter ... Improving Mental Health in Our Schools Paperback – 25 Jan. 2017

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I love this book. It feels like an important one. Written in John Tomsett s wonderful, unique style, blending deeply personal anecdotes about mother with the insights of an experience-hardened, compassionate head teacher, you won t find a more rounded exploration of this important issue. We need to hear the perspectives of Fox, Byron and Bennett: we need to get beyond ineffective calls to do something about this crisis . This book is a guide to moving forward, understanding mental health and doing things that might actually make a difference. --Tom Sherrington, Head Teacher, Highbury Grove School

It must have taken courage to write this book it's personal and it covers an issue which people don t want to talk about, but which increasingly cries out for attention and discussion by school leaders and those who hold them to account. It deserves the widest readership and is a wake-up call for all educators. --Sir Tim Brighouse, former London Schools Commissioner and Chief Education Officer for Birmingham and Oxfordshire

Amidst the increasingly apocalyptic tone of debates about the contemporary state of young people s mental health, this book makes a crucial contribution to thinking about the nature of the problem and what schools, colleges and universities should do about it. John Tomsett s book weaves brilliantly his own experience of his mother s mental illness, his father s stoicism and resilience and changing social responses to mental illness with a genuine desire to understand what s going on with young people today. His thoughtful, compelling and provocative book offers practical responses for head teachers, teachers and parents. Most importantly, his book is a rallying call to regain confidence in the power of subject-based education and the power of authentic, engaged relationships between teachers and students as key to enhancing young people s wellbeing. --Kathryn Ecclestone, Professor of Education, University of Sheffield, co-author of The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education

About the Author

John Tomsett has been a teacher since 1988 and a head teacher since 2003. He is head teacher at Huntington School, York. Tomsett writes a blog called This much I know ... and is a regular contributor to the TES. He co-founded The Headteachers Roundtable think tank and is a popular speaker on school leadership. He is determined to remain a classroom teacher, despite the demands of headship, and believes that developing truly great teaching is the main responsibility of all head teachers.

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