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26th June 2019

The Leigh Academy is a Healthy Minds School

Healthy Minds is an evidence-based health and relationships curriculum for years 7-10 that is equipping young people with the life skills they need to thrive in and beyond school. This unique study helps us understand the impact that good quality teaching and learning can have on important outcomes, and how to create a culture of resilience where teachers and students thrive.

Schools Are Preparing Students for Life – As Well As Exams


Starting as a research project by the London School of Economics and Bounce Forward, Healthy Minds was funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and trialled in 34 schools over 5 years. Building on learning from the project and feedback from teachers and students, the curriculum is now available to all schools.

As Lord Richard Layard, London School of Economics has said, “Young people need to develop healthy minds and schools should make it a top priority. It is the most outstanding wellbeing curriculum in the world”.

The curriculum consists of 113 lessons over four years and includes topics such as resilience, mental health, social media, mindfulness, sex education, alcohol and drug awareness, relationships, decision making, media awareness and more. Students across the 34 schools involved in the research project completed questionnaires before and after completing the curriculum, here are the results:


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The Leigh Academy

On Wednesday 19th June 2019 The Leigh Academy in Dartford was awarded the Healthy Minds Kitemark for its involvement in the research project, only achieved by schools who successfully met all the criteria of the project to a consistently high standard. This milestone is a major move forward in their mission to deliver the best personal, social and health education available and commitment to the personal development of their students.

Click here to learn more about the Healthy Minds research project

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