This development programme is aimed at existing or aspiring school and college mental health leads wishing to build on their knowledge, skills and confidence in the role.
The first cohort will commence in November 2020 and guided learning will happen throughout the autumn, spring and summer terms; it is anticipated that the network and best practice sharing will continue well beyond the stated end date of the programme.
The precise content of the course will evolve dependent on the needs of participants and will reflect and respond to rapidly changing circumstances but indicative content includes:
Over 20 On-Demand Learning Modules to support you in your role:
- Developing a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing
- Auditing your school’s current provision and developing an action plan
- Working effectively with the governing body
- Collaborative working with your safeguarding and special needs leads
- Promoting the mental health and wellbeing of staff
- Working with parents to promote student wellbeing
- Developing and implementing effective behaviour policies that promote wellbeing
- Promoting positive mental health through the school curriculum
- Teaching about mental health safely and sensitively
- Mental health – an introduction to common issues and recognising the warning signs
- Managing disclosures and active listening skills
- Evidence informed practice – understanding research and applying it in your school
- Building the skills of support staff
- Making and managing effective referrals to health and social care
- Working effectively with local services
- Identifying and quality assuring resources and interventions for delivery in school
- Supporting the effective delivery of mental health interventions in school
- Developing and implementing effective impact evaluations
- Impact reporting – sharing what works and doesn’t work with the wider network
- Action research skills
- Supporting staff who are supporting CYP with MH needs
- Understanding and implementing reflective practice / group supervision
- Understanding ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and supporting affected pupils
- Supporting transition (to primary, to secondary, to FE)
Many of these modules will be developed as train the train modules so that you can cascade your learning back at school. You will be provided with all the materials you would need to run a staff meeting on the topic and you will be encouraged to proactively plan a developmental programme of CPD for colleagues at school to develop your whole school or college’s capacity.
Half-termly coaching circles to share progress and practice
These 5 sessions will run for 90 minutes each half term. Led by Pooky and drawing on best practice from within and yond the network, they will evolve in content and style to reflect the needs of participants. The meetings will provide the chance to:
- reflect on the on-demand learning and consider how best to put it into practice,
- dive more deeply into specific topics of interest
- share best practice across the network
- work together to troubleshoot barriers and issues as they arise
- explore ‘silly questions’ and thorny issues in a safe supportive space
Access to Creative Education’s wider training
About the programme lead, Pooky Knightsmith
Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of many books, is the research and development director at Creative Education and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.
The programme costs £495 (+VAT) per person. We can negotiate group rates for multiple participants across school groups or trusts and would welcome conversations with group applicants early to ensure that the programme is shaped to meet the trust-wide needs and priorities. Email [email protected] or call us on 080 8680 4077 to explore further.