Wellbeing should be timetabled alongside English and maths in schools, a study by Nuffield Health suggests.
It follows a two-year pilot scheme in which a dedicated member of staff was assigned to teach children about mental health and wellbeing at an Oxfordshire secondary school.
The results suggested the role traditionally fulfilled by the matron in British schools could soon be filled by “heads of wellness”.
Robert Shadbolt, headteacher at Wood Green Secondary School, said the programme had been such a success that wellbeing would now be timetabled and added into its curriculum.
The study, reported by the Telegraph, found that 11 year groups reported an improvement in energy levels, in feeling relaxed and in their ability to deal with problems.
It also saw a 48% rise in average fruit consumption and a 59% rise in the average vegetable consumption.
Nuffield Health is now offering a free-of-charge six-week programme to be used in schools across the country, which includes guidance for children on what they should eat, how often they should exercise and how much screen time they should have.