Posted: 09 January 2020

Lesson plans to improve young people's well-being

Most schools go back this week and many children and young people will be facing a year of academic and social pressure. Through our work, we know that many will also be struggling with poverty, mental health and other challenges. 

We need to make sure we, as a society, are aware of young people's well-being and take steps to reverse the downward trend of the last decade

To improve the well-being of young people, we’re looking to the people who have the power to change this, as well as developing resources for schools to support young people.

Well-being lesson plans

We want to empower young people to use their voice and speak up on the issues that matter to them. That’s why we have developed a set of lesson plans on people’s rights, identity and well-being – and how they can get their voices heard.

The lesson plans are aimed for people aged between 12 and 18, but there’s plenty of material in there that could be used to cater to different ages or needs.

Introducing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the lessons explore links between children’s rights, well-being and identity. Young people have the opportunity to discuss causes of anxiety, depression and low well-being and what they can do to support improvement in mental health and well-being.

After learning about some of these issues, the lesson plans support young people to develop a campaign of their own and take the issues that matter to them into their own hands. Young people can build on the campaigning that we are doing to influence the Government, or they can explore other ways to improve children’s well-being in their area or school.

A national well-being measure

In addition to changes that can be made a local level by young people, we want to make sure that the Government hear their voice too. That’s why we’re asking for a comprehensive national measurement of young people’s well-being. We know that better data on how children feel about their lives is the first stepping stone to addressing the issues they face.

Young people can sign our petition calling on Government to introduce a national measure of well-being for young people – similar to the one they have for adults. They can also use this as a part of their own campaign, by encouraging other young people to sign the petition, or by carrying out a well-being measurement in their own school to help decide what they want to take action on.


By Jazmin Glen

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