“Understanding child brain development, emotional vocabulary, self-esteem, self-care and managing stress are not extra-curricular – they should be core to what teachers learn from day one and throughout their careers to help them perform their job.
“Our research also shows that around half of teachers have struggled with their own mental health due to the pressures of their job. It’s clear that investing in training will not only benefit pupils but will help teachers look after their own emotional health.
“Stress in adults can often leak into young minds, which is why addressing teacher mental health is equally important. We need a ‘whole-school approach’ where pupils and staff can support one another to thrive.”
He added: “Unless we put more emphasis on nurturing emotionally literate, resilient children we’ll continue to see more of them