Last updated on January 1st, 2023
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This section was created for school staff. It is your portal to all the resources I have created for schools. Let's make it easy, safe and effective for schools to deal with eating, exercise and body image issues among the pupils.
I offer you a template for a policy
I propose a template for a policy here. It deals with disordered eating, eating disorders, compulsiv exercise, body confidence, health promotion and obesity.
And I offer you resources so you'll know what you need to know
The point in having a policy in your school is that you know what you need to know. I have the resources for you.
What are eating disorders and disordered eating?
Not just for schools, but first, the main eating disorders and how they make life miserable: it's all here.
And problems similar to eating disorders that are really common among youngsters, like orthorexia and bigorexia: here.
Next, are the main school guidance sections:
Body image, disordered eating, eating disorders: does it matter to a school?
Why your school needs to address eating and body confidence: here. You'll be shocked how many of your pupils are probably obsessing about their body shape, and how disordered their eating can be.
Eating disorders in your school
How schools, parents and clinicians work together to treat pupils with an eating disorder: here.
Schools, do you know how to spot an eating disorder? It's here. It matters because early detection is important to successful treatment.
Schools: what to do when a pupil shows signs of an eating disorder: here. Basically, act fast!
Practical measures schools take to support pupils with an eating disorder: here. This is really crucial. If you read nothing else, read this!
What do pupils and school staff need to know about eating disorders? This includes the 'awareness raising' bit. It's here.
Surprising insights into health promotion and dieting
Schools health promotion, body confidence, diets, disordered eating, exercise and obesity: what to do? It's here.
You really need to read this if, like most schools, you are giving out health messages to the pupils. Because what you're doing might be a waste of time, and it might even be harmful! Whereas there are tried and tested programs that are safe and effective.
Need more help?
- Specialist clinicians should be ready to advise you. (In the UK, certainly, it's part of their remit within the NHS. Outside the NHS, sadly you have fewer guarantees that a private clinician is up to date in this fast-moving field.)
- Parents quickly become experts when their child is in treatment for an eating disorder.
- I'm available to visit (Scotland) or by video call. Get in touch to discuss how I can help you.
You may also be interested in:
* School support: a checklist for parents * : I created this checklist for parents to help them discuss with staff their child's needs.
* Is your school supporting lunch? They must. * I explain legal requirements in various countries in regard to pupils with an eating disorder.
* How to tell the school of your child's eating-disorder needs: template for a 504 plan * I offer parents an example of things to say or write when discussing their child's needs. The '504 plan' is for the US but the template would be valid anywhere.
Schools in the UK, you all have free access to BEAT's training: SPOT (Schools Professionals Online Training). It started off with a focus on early detection, but BEAT is developing the program so it has more on the 'what to do'.