Teacher toolkit for helping pupils with eating disorders

Sarah Salmon

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Whilst an eating disorder can affect someone of any age, many people who experience issues with eating develop them during adolescence or even earlier.

We know that the earlier an eating disorder is identified and treated, the better the chance that individual has of fully recovering.


Teachers and school staff are well placed to spot the early signs of an eating disorder or those who may develop one in the future. By talking about eating disorders within an educational setting, such as a PSHE lesson can help pupils recognise their own behaviours of disordered eating whilst encouraging them to seek further help.

Policies and practices in your curriculum that highlight health and wellbeing risks aim to prevent bullying, establish connections with health and wellbeing services and place appropriate instructions and guidance for teaching staff in schools.

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Whether you know or suspect a pupil to be struggling with an eating disorder, it can create a lot of worry, concern and questions such as, “Is there anything I can be doing to make school easier for her/him?”.
In honour of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we’ve put together a range of teacher resources to help you support your students in his/her recovery and enable them to continue their education in a safe and confidential environment.

Whilst this toolkit can’t possibly begin to address the diverse range of issues that are unique to each sufferer or academic setting, we hope that it can give you more of an understanding of what to look for in pupils struggling with eating disorders and where to find resources to help address their unique issues further.

There are a number of ways you can begin to educate pupils about eating disorders in a safe way for any students who are currently or most at risk of suffering themselves.

To ensure that student wellbeing remains at the forefront of your teaching, here are a few things to be aware of when teaching about eating disorders:

• Challenging misconceptions that pupils may have
• Recognising the signs specific to a school setting
• Assisting a pupil disclosure about an eating disorder
• Tips for communicating with parents/guardians


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Sarah Salmon

Digital Marketing Executive

With a background in social media management and editorial writing for jewellery and gemological education, Sarah is the Digital Marketing Executive at Opogo.

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