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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 AuthorJohn 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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25 October 2017
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A very fine book on a much discussed subject. The key here is that John Tomsett listens to all sides, those who see a mental health crisis and those who see a different issue. It is written from the heart, which is the way he writes and shows his personal interest in the subject and as head of a school where these issue are raised on a daily basis.. Makes for challenging and enjoying reading.
The cleverly interwoven mix of personal and professional thinking will be well-known to people who bought his first book ‘This M17 February 2017
This is a thought-provoking read which explores the current complex debate about whether young people are experiencing a greater number of mental health problems than previously, alongside the challenges schools face in promoting well-being whilst educating young people. Key contributors include Tom Bennett, Dr Tanya Byron and Natasha Devon, to name a few. Key issues are interspersed with biographical vignettes about the author's experiences of growing up with a close family member who experienced mental illness. The cleverly interwoven mix of personal and professional thinking will be well-known to people who bought his first book ‘This Much I Know About Love Over Fear – Creating a Culture of Truly Great Teaching.’ These give an insight into the author’s interest in the topic personally and professionally, but also position his thinking so that he approaches the debate with wisdom and humanity. An important read for teachers and school leaders alike.
31 December 2017
I love Tomsett's writing but thought that the subject matter of his latest book wasn't that relevant to me. After all, I'm Teaching and Learning not Pastoral. What a fool I am. As soon as I read that 'we only ever have our children on loan', he had me. So much so, that I've read it in a little over 24 hours. The description of Saturday nights in the 1970s had me in tears, so close was it to my own experiences. More importantly, I will be returning to school next week armed with questions, ideas and an open mind about my own role and its impact on every student I teach.