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Mental Health and Well Being - A Whole School Approach (Conference)

Event code SCH 19/560 
Event description Credit worthy - Join us at our Mental health and well being conference, along with some of the UK's most inspirational and expert practitioners. Drawing on examples of existing good practice and the growing evidence base, our experts will help you to pinpoint the strengths and challenges in your school’s approach to mental health and will provide a range of practical ideas and trusted resources for developing a provision and ethos that better promotes the mental health of every learner – and every teacher too

Dr Pooky Knightsmith will open our conference looking at the above themes with her key note - Supporting the mental health needs of every learner. Pooky will then follow up later in the day with her workshops - 8 Practical strategies to support students who are struggling and Why and how to write a wellbeing action plan – a practical self-care workshop for school staff.

Further key notes include:

• Dr Tina Rae: It’s my mental health – not yours!
Tina will focus on the young person’s perspective and the importance of seeking the child’s views in relation to mental health interventions at both an individual and whole school level and also present key elements of the new Well Being Tool Kit for Mental Health Leads – A Comprehensive training resource to support well being in education and care.

• Helen Stollery, Nurture UK: Staff Well being and Resilience
Helen joined Nurtureuk as a National Training Officer in September 2007 and is now the Head of Quality and Standards. Since joining the Network, Helen has delivered and developed a range of courses which lead her to become nurtureuk's Head of Training. Now Head of Quality and Standards, Helen is leading on assessments for the Quality Mark Award, and the National Nurturing Schools Award.

• Professor Barry Carpenter, The UK’s first Professorship in Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University: Creating mental wealth in all children.
How do schools keep their children emotionally strong? How do we develop a curriculum framework around emotional well-being? What pedagogy will facilitate the development of emotional resilience in our children with SEN? An overarching aim of this presentation will be to provide schools with signposts to begin this journey, for and with our children.

There will also be a range of practical workshops for delegates to attend throughout the course of the day, including workshops from:

• Lessness Heath Primary School – recently awarded with the Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau
• Headstart - part of Kent County Council’s Early Help and Preventative Services which aims to help young people cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems.
• Place2Be - the leading national children's mental health charity, whose Patron is The Duchess of Cambridge
• Holmer Lake Primary School – The Headteacher will be looking at effective Interagency working to ensure that the recommendations of the DfE Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision can be fulfilled

This conference is open to all education professionals and will be hugely beneficial to all practitioners.

Please see attached documents for a copy of the programme, workshop options and full information on each key note.

Confirmed delegates will be e-mailed on Monday 7th October and asked to submit their workshop choices.

Please Note: If your school is an Elite Member of The Education People you are entitled to 1 free place on this conference. When booking your place please indicate that you are an Elite member in the Booking Requirements section. The schools credits should then be refunded back to the school within 2 weeks of receiving confirmation of your booking. 
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Subject areas Equality and Inclusion / Health & Wellbeing
Target audience
Deputy Head / Education Officer / Foundation Stage Leader / Headteacher / HLTA / Key Stage Co-ordinators / Leaders & Managers / Leadership Team / Learning Support Assistant / Newly Qualified Teachers / SEN Co-ordinator / Senior Leaders / Specialist Teacher / Subject Leaders / Teachers / Teaching Assistant / Trainee Teachers
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Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8UX map
Location Ashford
Training Provider The Education People - Professional Development Service
Admin contact Victoria Parker (
Jo Winkler
Part of SLA? No
Kent LA cost
Other LA/Academy cost
Independent/PVI cost
Number of credits 17
Funding information £185 or 3 x credits
Start date Thursday 7 November 2019
Times 09:00-16:30
Number of sessions 1