John Nichols has worked in education for his entire career, first as a teacher in a challenging school on the Teach First programme, in an educational charity placing PhD students into schools to widen university access and then as a private tutor working with some of the best tuition agencies in London. John has a passion for solving educational problems. His ambition is to dramatically improve the life chances of young people in the UK by promoting mental health and cognitive development.
There is a lot of media attention on the mental health of young people. Barely a week goes past without a new article about the mental health crisis. The issue of child and adolescent mental health is of major concern for three reasons. Firstly, although we know that about 10% of young people have a mental health disorder, it is by no means obvious which young people are in that 10%, much less who the 15% who are at higher risk of developing a mental disorder in future (Ibid).