Key Points
  • Hear an update on the government's current proposals to tackle the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in schools
  • Develop a coherent whole school approach that supports children and young people's mental health and wellbeing
  • Implement cross-sector collaborative approaches to children's mental health and wellbeing in schools
  • Address the challenges schools face in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people and children


Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Jaime Smith, Director for the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Dr Margot Sunderland, Director, Centre for Child Mental Health and Co-Director, Trauma Informed Schools UK
  • Natasha Devon MBE, Campaigner and Author
  • Zulfi Jiva, Head of Cross Cutting Programmes Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Dr Julie Greer, Headteacher, Cherbourg Primary School
  • David Perridge, Strategic Head of Staff Development and Outreach, West Heath School
  • Carl Smith, Headteacher, Bridge House Independent School
  • Gemma Andrews, Headteacher, Castle Hill Infants and Junior School

According to the Centre for Mental Health, schools are the biggest single influence on a child’s mental health after their family for children aged between 5-10 years. During secondary school, one child in eight will have one or more mental health conditions at any time.

Westminster Insight’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Conference on Thursday 18 June 2020 in London will examine how schools can support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and how to adopt and embed a whole school approach to tackle it.

Featuring a welcome update on the current proposals to tackle the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in schools, the Department for Education will provide an overview of where we have got to, what are the plans for progressing it through and what it will look like when it's being delivered.

This one-day event will also feature one of the trailblazers with Zulfi Jiva, Head of Cross Cutting Programmes, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership presenting the findings and impact from the The Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges Project.


Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration

 

09:30 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Margot Sunderland Director, Centre for Child Mental Health and Co-Director, Trauma, Informed Schools UK

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09:40 - 10:40
Keynote: Update on Current Proposals to Tackle the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People in Schools

 
  • An update on current proposals for mental health provision for children and young people; where have we got to, what are the plans for progressing it through over the next 1-5 years and what does that look like when it's being delivered?
  • Trailblazers update; how are the trailblazers impacting, what are their findings so far, what are the benefits and pitfalls?
  • Ensuring children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs are being recognised and assessed and are not being downplayed
  • Building a coherent and consistent pathway for children and young people to follow should they seek help
  • Implementing the mental health and wellbeing aspects of the new curriculum
  • What next for children and young people’s mental health provision?

Speakers

Alexandra Shaw Department for Education

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10:40 - 11:10
Trailblazer Case Study Findings and Impact: The Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges Project

 
  • Creating system-wide working and a whole school/college approach to improving young people’s mental health
  • Exploring new ways of preventing mental health issues in young people through school-based interventions
  • The role of mental health support teams in education
  • What challenges did we face, how did we overcome them, what did we learn and what would we do differently?
  • Identifying good practice that can be shared across the system - developing a Greater Manchester model

Speakers

Zulfi Jiva Head of Cross Cutting Programmes, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

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11:10 - 11:40
Facilitating Communication and Healthy Habits to Support Mental Health at School

 
  • Addressing the stigma associated with mental health to enable open conversations and communication
  • Acknowledging how common mental health issues are across the whole school community for the benefit of everyone; what is mental health and is is understood?
  • Creating a positive culture shift to promote and embed good mental health and wellbeing in schools
  • Giving children and young people the language and confidence to understand and articulate how they might feel and the desire to change the way they feel
  • What preventative messages can schools put in place so children and young people feel able to articulate how they’re feeling and address them before seeking medication or intervention?
  • Addressing the fear felt by staff of the additional responsibility they have been given with regards to children’s mental health and wellbeing and how will they be held to account
  • Clarification on the law around good practice to enable schools to problem solve and assess the risk without the risk of causing more damage

Speakers

Natasha Devon MBE Speaker and Campaigner

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11:40 - 12:00
Coffee

 

12:00 - 12:40
Addressing the Challenges Schools Face in Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People and Children

 
  • Addressing the challenges with assessing children with social emotional and mental health needs
  • Providing a cost-effective, alternative to CAMHS referrals for those without a significant mental health disorder 
  • Dealing with children and young people’s diagnosed mental health disorders on a daily basis; how can you best support those in need?
  • How can schools embed this into their everyday working, without feeling like they’re drowning?
  • How can teachers be supportive of good mental health and wellbeing - what practical techniques or approaches can you adopt as a teacher to engage with children and young people?
  • How can schools support the mental health and wellbeing of more vulnerable groups such as looked after children, the LGBTQ community etc.
  • Managing the risks, ongoing concerns and incidents of dealing with children and young people with serious mental health illnesses and disorders

Speakers

Dr Julie Greer Headteacher, Cherbourg Primary School

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12:40 - 13:20
A Whole School Approach: Building a Wellbeing School or College to Meet the Mental Health and Wellbeing Needs of Children

 
  • 5 steps to mental health and wellbeing: A framework for schools and colleges - how do you create a school or college-wide approach to mental health and wellbeing?
  • Leading change - where does mental health and wellbeing fit in terms of your school policies
  • Working together - how to bring everyone in the school or college community together
  • Understanding need - how to assess and meet the mental health needs of pupils and students
  • Promoting wellbeing - how to integrate mental health and wellbeing across the whole school or college curriculum
  • Supporting staff – how to support staff wellbeing

Speakers

Jaime Smith Director for the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

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13:20 - 14:20
Lunch

 

14:20 - 14:50
Supporting Staff with Their Own Mental Health and Wellbeing

 
  • Reflecting school values around mental health and wellbeing when applying these also to staff and ensuring your staff’s mental health and wellbeing is not seen as separate but consistent within your mental health and wellbeing strategy 
  • How can you support staff and staff support each other in dealing with stressful and traumatic experiences during and after the event so that it doesn’t impact on them when they go home; managing supervision and aspects of supervision
  • Sharing experiences to increase capacity within the school to develop the skillsets of staff in a variety of situations and to prevent interventions breaking down
  • Identifying cost-effective ways to support staff while budgets are constrained
  • Adapting your approach to staff development to incorporate managing stressful or traumatic experiences

Speakers

David Perridge David Perridge, Strategic Head of Staff Development and Outreach, West Heath School

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14:50 - 15:20
Working in Partnership with Families in Managing Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

 
  • Having the skills and training to pick up on family problems children might be experiencing
  • Addressing the challenges with finding ways to work with and support families in need and building and strengthening positive and supportive relationships between parents and the school 
  • Engaging with parents and carers to ensure they support their children, especially in later years during stressful or anxious times like exams
  • Managing the tensions that can arise if other agencies like social services are involved
  • Providing a framework to work within and a script when dealing with parents and having difficult conversations about a child’s behaviour

Speakers

Carl Smith Headteacher, Bridge House Independent School

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15:20 - 15:50
A Whole School Approach Case Study to Becoming ACE-Aware and Trauma Informed

 
  • Becoming a trauma informed and mental health aware school
  • Putting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, parents and staff at the forefront of everything we do
  • The journey we have been on in terms of securing the buy-in of every member of staff
  • What impact has it had/what different has it made? 
  • Building the capacity of trauma informed practice within your school
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences agenda and ACE awareness

Speakers

Gemma Andrews Headteacher, Castle Hill Infants and Junior School

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15:50 - 16:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Margot Sunderland Director, Centre for Child Mental Health and Co-Director, Trauma, Informed Schools UK

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End

Speakers

Gemma Andrews Headteacher, Castle Hill Infants and Junior School

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Natasha Devon MBE Speaker and Campaigner

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Dr Julie Greer Headteacher, Cherbourg Primary School

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Zulfi Jiva Head of Cross Cutting Programmes, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

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David Perridge David Perridge, Strategic Head of Staff Development and Outreach, West Heath School

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Alexandra Shaw Department for Education

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Jaime Smith Director for the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

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Carl Smith Headteacher, Bridge House Independent School

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Dr Margot Sunderland Director, Centre for Child Mental Health and Co-Director, Trauma, Informed Schools UK

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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