Health and wellbeing is a core area within the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and is the responsibility of all staff within the school (Scottish Government, 2014a). Cremin and Arthur (2014) explain that barriers to learning can occur from social, emotional, learning difficulties and the socio-economic state of the child’s family. This can affect children’s wellbeing within and outwith school. As a probationer teacher based at a school where the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) (Scottish Government, 2016) decile score is 2, it is important to appropriately plan and support the needs of the individuals. The Scottish Government (2013) states that children living in deprived areas are more likely to suffer from social and mental health inequalities. Therefore it is of paramount importance to make sure that every child feels included, nurtured, valued, respected, welcomed and safe in order to help them achieve within a school environment. Education Scotland (2014) explains that the aims of the Scottish Government is to narrow the gap in achievement, attainment and Health and Wellbeing in order to reduce social, economic and mental inequalities amongst children. It can also be said that the benefits of Health and Wellbeing can contribute to improvements in other curriculum areas such as Literacy and Numeracy which are the responsibility of all. Health and Wellbeing is also in the School Improvement Plan at my current school, with an emphasis on pupil’s wellbeing through mindfulness and relaxation. It is anticipated that this practitioner enquiry will result in significant improvement to pupil’s mental health and wellbeing with the use of relaxation strategies. It is also hoped that improvements in focus will result in a positive impact on children’s learning across all curriculum areas and show the usefulness of their implementation in closing the poverty related attainment gap.
The aim of this enquiry is to find how relaxation strategies impact on the focus of learners, within in the classroom. Within the subject class there are class pupils of a wide range of abilities and behaviours which often have a negative impact on the learning and development. It is anticipated that the relaxation strategies that will be implemented throughout the 5 week period, will have a positive effect on pupils focus, behaviour and learning.