Primary school hires HYPNOTHERAPIST to help children cope with STRESS


Anne Cartridge, 48, through her business In Mind Therapies, has already run workshops with youth volunteers at St Mary”s CE School in Rawtenstall, in Lancashire.

But now the complimentary therapist is set to run sessions with staff so they can pass on their anti-stress tips to the 194-primary school pupils.

Today Chris McGovern, chairmen of the Campaign for Real Education, blasted the use of hypnotherapists in UK primary schools for “potentially sparking a generation of neurotics.”

Mr McGovern fumed: “Teachers are no more equipped to carry out this sort of pseudo-psychology then they are to fly a Jumbo Jet to Tokyo.

“There is a big danger of teachers who have a quick lesson in complimentary therapy trying to dabble in this specialist field.

“They are simply not properly trained to do it. It has become quite trendy but is also dangerous.

“This sort of naval-gazing causes more harm than good as it encourages impressionable children to think they have problems, when they often don”t.

“The youngsters – especially primary school age children – would be better off going outside and having a good game of football or rugby or hockey or rounders.

“Happiness and well-being should already be dealt with in primary schools via the teaching of arts, music, sports and simply playing outdoors with fellow youngsters and learning basic social skills.

“As a parent I would be quite worried by this.”

Ms Cartridge, from Bacup, Lancashire, creates courses to reduce stress, anxiety and depression in children which she hopes will help teachers recognise problems with their youngsters.

She explained: “A lot of my work is dealing with anxiety, stress and depression.

“If those issues are dealt with in primary school, young people can cope better in high school and it helps them feel more in control as an adult.

“Recently I have had a number of young clients with depression and anxiety and they have been able to significantly improve their wellbeing after just a few sessions.

“I would like to see the time when all schools are forward thinking and provide proactive ways of supporting pupils” health and wellbeing.

“Too often the link between learning behaviour and emotional wellbeing is not understood.

“Schools are often not equipped to give pupils specialised help and that is where my programme offers solutions.”

Ms Cartridge describes herself as a “General Hypnotherapy Standards Council Accredited Practitioner” and said: “Education is more than just exams and lessons.”

The mother-of-two added: “We teach children about healthy eating, make PE compulsory but we don”t teach them how to manage life and have a healthy mind.

“My sessions give children the skills to manage their own thoughts and feelings – children who are happy and healthy learn better.

“If pupils feel in control of their thoughts and emotions, they are better able to cope with stressful situations like exam pressures.”

Kate Crane, extended services manager at St Mary”s, said: “The young volunteers came out of the session buoyant, feeling really happy.

“School is arranging for Anne to come in to work with staff so that they realise problems and can support children of primary age.”

St Mary”s describes itself on its website as promoting its youngsters” “spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development”.

It states: “We promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils within a caring, loving, stimulating and nurturing environment – firmly based upon Christian values.”

Last summer the school went from “requires improvement” to “good” following its latest Ofsted inspection.