primary & secondary education Training

Supporting Independent School Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing

primary & secondary education Training

9:00 - 16:00

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Central London

It is estimated that one in ten children and young people have a diagnosable mental disorder. As the prevalence of mental health issues among young people continues to rise, it is essential that independent schools have the knowledge and the capacity to support affected pupils. Given that child and adolescent mental health services are under increasing pressure, schools play a crucial role in promoting positive mental wellbeing and preventing mental illness.

Join this Supporting Independent School Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing to help you overcome the challenges surrounding mental health and to promote a positive educational experience in your school.

Featuring interactive sessions and practical workshops, this course covers key issues including how to identify mental health issues, prevent poor mental health from being a barrier to achievement and ensure compliance with the inspection framework.

This one-day interactive course will also provide you with the unique opportunity to develop a personalised action plan to support pupils’ mental health and ultimately embed excellence within your institution.

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess the position of your institution and the key challenges related to pupils’ mental well-being
  • Examine how to reduce symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety among pupils
  • Understand how to respond to self-harm, eating disorders and other mental health disorders
  • Meet the ISI inspection framework to promote positive mental health and supporting pupils with mental health needs
  • Take away best practices and techniques to implement a whole-school approach to mental well-being

Ben Turner, Assistant Head (Pastoral)Wimbledon High School

Fiona Parsons, Assistant Head (Pastoral Care & Wellbeing), King Alfred School

Tracy Preston, Head of Counselling, King Alfred School

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Trainer’s Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives


Pupils' Mental Wellbeing: Identification and Intervention

  • Recognising the key challenges related to pupils’ mental health within your institution
  • Identifying common signs of mental ill-health among pupils, and learning how to communicate during intervention
  • Tackling the use of negative coping strategies such as self-harm and introducing positive coping strategies
  • Understanding how to reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety among pupils

Ben Turner, Assistant Head (Pastoral)Wimbledon High School [CONFIRMED]


Morning Break


Case Study: Responding Effectively to Poor Mental Well-being

  • Identifying common risk factors for self-harm, eating disorders and other mental health disorders and how this has been experienced at King Alfred School
  • Outlining the counselling and mentoring services provided by the school
  • Understanding well-being policies, including digital policies, to support affected students and promote well-being
  • Consider parental influence and expectations and how best to deal with parents when it comes to pupils’ mental health
  • Working with outside agencies and running TAC meetings

Fiona Parsons, Assistant Head (Pastoral Care & Wellbeing), King Alfred School [CONFIRMED]

Tracy Preston, Head of Counselling, King Alfred School [CONFIRMED]



How is Well-being Inspected?

  • Meet the standard: understanding the schools’ responsibilities in promoting positive mental health and supporting pupils with mental health needs
  • Discussing how the ISI assesses safeguarding, pastoral care and pupils’ personal development in line with the 2019 inspection framework
  • Sharing best practice in excelling at promoting mental well-being of pupils and discussing what schools can do to improve this
  • Recognising what can be learnt from the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision Green Paper for state schools

Rhiannon Williams, Deputy Chief InspectorIndependent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) (invited)


Lunch Break


Case Study: Taking a Holistic Approach to Student Mental Well-being

  • Outlining the development of “the Hub”, a pupil-run drop-in centre which uses peer support to break down barriers and stigma and provides a supportive and comfortable environment for students to voice concerns
  • Understanding how to create a school-wide culture where all staff and students recognise wellbeing as a responsibility and includes the views of parents, students and staff in wellbeing policies
  • Recognising the essential role of well-trained and high-quality learning support and pastoral teams in providing effective and accessible support
  • Examining the Student Support Alphabet, an online resource which offers 24/7 accessible advice to pupils on a range of topics which affect wellbeing

Woodhouse Grove has been awarded the Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools

Becky Vernon, Head of Wellbeing,Woodhouse Grove School [CONFIRMED]


Afternoon Break


Workshop: Implementing a Whole School Approach to Pupil Well-being

Working with the Chair, delegates will create an action plan to implement a whole school approach to pupil well-being.

  • Understand how to embed a whole school approach to promote emotional health and well-being throughout your school
  • Plan how to identify signs of mental health issues and embed early intervention processes in your school policy
  • Explore ideas and strategies to boost student well-being and happiness before disorders develop
  • Understand how to build on existing good practice in your organisation

Ben Turner, Assistant Head (Pastoral), Wimbledon High School [CONFIRMED]


Feedback, Evaluation & Close

*Programme subject to change

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