Eating Disorders Education

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Evidence-based research reinforces our belief that through the process of education, children can have the aptitude, skills and knowledge to allow them to live a healthy life. 

Our aim is to provide high quality training, workshops and resources for your staff, pupils, parents and carers. 

At school

Our packages 

For educational practitioners
  • What schools can do 

  • Emotional help and wellbeing

  • Healthy eating and fluids 

  • Internet safety

  • What is an eating disorder

  • Early warning signs 

  • Non specific signs 

  • Importance of early intervention

  • Managing eating disorders in a school 

  • Initial involvment

  • What to say

  • What not to say 

  • Emotional support 

  • Making a plan

  • Support for parents 

  • What parents appreciate

  • Support for peers 

  • How to support staff 

For parents & carers of the school

These insets, workshops have been put together for the parents and carers of the school pupils. Not only is it important for the staff to recognise the signs but for the families to also be able to support their young person suffering with eating disorders.

  • What schools can do 

  • Emotional help and wellbeing

  • Healthy eating and fluids 

  • Internet safety

  • What is an eating disorder

  • Early warning signs 

  • Non specific signs 

  • Importance of early intervention

  • Managing eating disorders in a school 

  • involvement

  • What to say

  • What not to say 

  • Emotional support 

  • Making a plan

  • Supporting your young person 

  • Your next steps

  • Support 

  • What to say to your GP.

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Bonnie  

Educator

 

I have been a classroom teacher for over 14 years and through my work with a diverse range of
pupils, I have had a wealth of direct experience of how mental illness can impede academic,
social and emotional advancement. The multitude of pressures on children threatens their
well-being and I believe and have seen first-hand that it cannot be addressed without the
provision of appropriate education and support for pupils, teachers and parents.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness; they are unique among
mental health disorders in that they can manifest in physical health complications which can
lead to serious and life-threatening illnesses. Unhealthy relationships with food and body image
can cause life-threatening consequences and it is our responsibility within schools to address
this truth. Today we are all aware of the importance and benefits of mental health and
well-being delivered in academic institutions. Teachers, parents and pupils are entitled to
receive the highest quality practitioners. Through collaborative work with EDHC we have
developed a range of services for primary, secondary, educators and carers.
I have substantive Senior Management experience alongside classroom teacher experience. I
have designed and delivered programmes of work for year groups, classes and key stages,
while always focussing on the individual children within those cohorts. Alongside my teaching
responsibilities, I have been a Year Group Team leader, SLT member, student coordinator for
PGCE/ BA Students, and Subject lead in Art, Religious Education and Speech and Language. I
have also been the Deputy Safeguarding Lead at an inner city school in Westminster.

When working in a reception class, I observed a five-year old child inspecting themselves in the mirror. As I silently watched, I heard her say, ‘Oh, I am fat today’. This shocking remark was an insight into the pressures to which our children are subjected. As an educator, I fundamentally believe that if the mental health of pupils is not understood and protected then no effective learning can happen. Children have the right to feel positive about themselves, enthusiastic about learning, and to develop the skills that they need to progress, no matter what barriers
they face.

Personally, I get a buzz from working with others and derive a great deal of satisfaction from opportunities to discuss, reflect and learn from them. I love working in an environment where collaborative working can facilitate mutual support and reflection among staff and can maximise holistic progression of the pupils. At the core of my ethos as a teacher is the power of education to give the youth of today the tools, knowledge and skills that they need to confront and succeed in the world as it is today.

For Pupils
  • Year group specific workshops

  • What is an eating disorder

  • What an eating disorder can do to your body and brain 

  • Internet safety

  • Peer pressure

  • Body image and body confidence 

  • Strategies for mental wellbeing

  • Online support

  • Supporting your peers

  • What to do if you think a friend has an eating disorder

  • What do you do if you need help with your eating

  • Role play to stimulate relevant topical issues