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Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom, 2nd Edition, launches 20 July!



This week sees the launch of the 2nd edition of Adrian Bethune’s award-winning book Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom with updated research, additional contributions from classroom teachers and a new foreword by Dr Pooky Knightsmith.


The 1st edition, published in 2018 with Bloomsbury Publishing, has sold over 8,000 copies worldwide and received the Teach Primary Award for Wellbeing in 2019. It has also reached the number 1 best-seller spot on Amazon in educational books several times.


Dr Pooky Knightsmith, author, speaker, advisor and Director of Creative Education, said of the new book:


“This is a remarkable book. The first book was amazing, the second book is utterly, utterly brilliant! It’s a great update and helps us to address the needs of our primary school children and their wellbeing.”


What’s New?

As well as a new foreword by Dr Knightsmith you will find:

  • Brand new introduction addressing the current landscape for wellbeing in education.

  • Updated chapters with the latest research from the science of wellbeing, with activities to try in your classroom.

  • Two brand new chapters on Digital Wellbeing and The Power of Nature.

  • Updated 'Tales of the Classroom' written by teachers and school leaders from around the world, sharing their stories of how they have applied our practical tools in their setting.


Dave Mcpartlin, Head Teacher at Flakefleet Primary School and finalists of Britain’s Got Talent 2019 said of the book:


“Everyone working with children should read it – I’ll be ordering all our staff a copy! It’s a 10/10 again for the wellbeing in schools guru!”


Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom is available to pre-order until 20 July 2023 with a 35% discount. Head to the Bloomsbury website and use code BETHUNE35 at checkout.








Adrian Bethune is a part-time teacher in a primary school in Aylesbury, Associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Deputy Chair of the Well Schools strategic board and the founder of Teachappy. In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal by Lord Richard Layard at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. In 2015, he was invited to speak at the Action For Happiness event, Creating A Happier World, on stage with the Dalai Lama. Adrian is also co-author with Dr Emma Kell of A Little Guide to Teacher Wellbeing and Self-care (Sage, 2020) and lead author for the Oxford International Curriculum for Wellbeing (Oxford University Press, 2021).


Adrian lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young boys.


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