Supporting pupil mental health: Eating disorders


This bitesize CPD collection is part of a series of online micro learning units for teachers and school leaders on supporting pupil mental health and wellbeing in practice. The units offer insights into best practice in supporting children and young people, building on the latest evidence base. They are designed to develop knowledge around a range of topics that now form part of the statutory Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum, supporting teachers to consider how they might most effectively deliver these topics as part of the curriculum. Specifically, topics covered include:


These online micro learning units incorporate a range of content types to support professional learning and reflective practice, including:

  • Recordings from ‘Pedagogy in practice’ – a webinar series developed in partnership with The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) with a focus on how to teach key topics aligned with the RSHE curriculum
  • Access to a Padlet with ideas and resources shared by teachers
  • Case studies from practising teachers and school leaders and research reviews summarising the latest evidence base
  • Reflective questions to support learning and reading lists signposting further sources and support.


This online learning is being supported by the Bupa Foundation and the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).



This webinar explored what eating disorders are, how to spot the signs in students across key stages, barriers that may arise for students (and staff trying to support them) and practical strategies to overcome these barriers. The webinar featured presentations by Saira Saeed (an experienced leader, DSL, SENCO and Senior Mental Health Lead within the secondary sector) Victoria Wilson (Consultant Nurse and School Nurse, Girls Day School Trust) and Rebecca Lipscombe (LMS Co-ordinator, Beat) and a panel discussion with Jan Forshaw (Head of Education, Coram Life Education) and Jenny Barksfield (Deputy CEO & Director of Education, PSHE Association). Further details can be found on the event page on our Video Hub.


Webinar transcript download


Ideas and resources were shared during the webinar on this Padlet


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Research summaries

The research summary on identifying and supporting students with eating disorders signposts further reading and resources to support your learning from the webinar.

The research summary on eating disorders in males is based on a research paper in the field of psychiatry, which highlights the relationships between eating disorders and gender.

Identifying and supporting students with eating disorders in schools
Eating disorders in males

Reflective questions

  • What is the biggest challenge in supporting students with eating disorders in your setting? How might this challenge be addressed?
  • How do you address the topic of eating disorders across the curriculum?
  • What strategies do you currently use to support students with eating disorders in your setting?
  • What new strategies might you begin to apply in your context? 
  • How will you include all members of your school community when supporting students with eating disorders?
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