London - November 2018
Manchester - November 2018

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 2018 Programme coming shortly!

09:00 - 09:45

Registration, networking and refreshments

09:50 - 10:00

Chair's Introduction and Welcome: The changing role of the school practitioner amidst limited external support and growing mental health concerns

Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair, Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition

10:00 - 10:25

Keynote 1

Mental health stigma

Overcoming the stigma and social prejudice that still surrounds mental health

  • How to create a school atmosphere where it's ok not to be ok
  • Embed simple structures to enable more open communication around mental health
  • Successfully develop and sustain a culture of wellbeing that all staff and students feel part of


Nina Jackson, Speaker, Author and Education Consultant

10:25 - 10:45

Keynote 2

Digital environment

Using the digital environment to spot the early warning signs of mental health issues and identify those at risk

Mark Donkersley, Managing Director, eSafe

10:45 - 11:10

Keynote 3

Whole school Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid and a whole school approach: How to create a mentally healthy school for pupils, parents and staff

Caroline Hounsell, Director of Business and Partnerships, Mental Health First Aid England

11:10 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:50

Morning refreshments

11:50 - 12:40

Practical workshops 1

1A 1B 1C 1D 1E
Staff training Self-harm and eating disorders Curriculum Grief and bereavement Depression

Innovative whole-school training ideas to increase awareness and understanding of the breadth of mental health difficulties and the level of support required

Naomi Russell, Manager, Children and Young People, Time to Change

Understanding the 'cycle of self-harm', identify the signs and open up a dialogue to find the route cause without risking further damage

Take away a guide to the early indications of eating disorders

Gemma Fieldsend, Waller Trainer, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Embed mindfulness and emotional literacy into the curriculum to empower students and ensure staff have the confidence to engage with mental health

Jan Lever, Creator and Director: Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE

Practical coping strategies to offer children and young people dealing with grief, bereavement or trauma at home

Cath Hunter, Therapeutic Consultant, Author and Trainer, Therapuetic Family Interventions

A range of techniques to support students with low mood and depression and ensure all staff understand the signs and symptoms that indicate risk

Nina Jackson, Speaker, Author and Education Consultant

12:40 - 13:40

Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:40 - 14:20

Keynote 4

Case studies

How to help when no external support is available - multi practitioner case studies

Strategies to combat a lack of external support and slow responses from CAMHs. An overview of meaningful, cost-effective support that you can offer in school when thresholds are not met 

Sharon Goldstone B.Ed., Deputy Safeguarding Lead & Early Help Officer, Chingford Foundation School

Martin Staniforth, Dove Self-Esteem Project Catalyst

14:20 - 14:30

Keynote 5

Wellbeing award


In partnership with the National Children's Bureau, clarify how your school can achieve the accredited Wellbeing Award to develop and improve current practice and show your commitment to promoting wellbeing as part of school life

Matthew Dodd, Principal Officer, National Children's Bureau

14:30 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:30 Practical workshops 2
2A 2B 2C 2D 2E
Stress & anxiety Self-esteem Play therapy - primary Empowering children & young people Suicidal ideation

Practical techniques to help students develop emotional intelligence, build resilience and manage the high expectations from school, parents and peers

Plus, gain six easy strategies to help pupils cope with stress

Nina Jackson, Speaker, Author and Education Consultant

Simple strategies to boost children's self-esteem and self-image and embed an inclusive culture across your school

Dr. Ruth M. MacConville SENDIST Tribunals Manager

What is play therapy, how does it work in primary schools and how can it help children communicate their feelings and challenges

Ruth Lazarus & Helen Gedge, Qualified Play Therapists, BAPT

Develop a school culture in which relevant, honest and practical conversations around mental health are encouraged and student-led

 Sarah Newton, Author, Speaker and Teenologist

Indicators to look for and how to offer support: Gain the confidence to discuss suicide openly and remove the fear of making things worse

Access our webinar on supporting students with suicidal ideation

Gemma Fieldsend, Waller Trainer, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

15:30 - 15:50

Afternoon refreshments

15:50 - 16:40

Streamed Sessions 3

3A 3B 3C 3D 3E
Staff wellbeing Attachment issues Parents and families Autism spectrum disorder Peer support

Practical ideas to promote the wellbeing and emotional health of staff and ensure your own mental health is prioritised and transferred to the classroom

Nina Jackson, Speaker, Author and Education Consultant

Practical guidance to work with and support children who experience trauma

Access to our guide to meeting the emotional needs of young people with attachment difficulties

Phil Rowley, Trainer & Consultant, YoungMinds

Communicate effectively with parents: Open a dialogue with families about mental health, increase their awareness and ensure support is provided at home as well as school

Samantha Garner, Director, Garner Education Ltd

Ensure your school and staff are fully equipped and trained to support children with autism to enable improved social interaction and communication 

 Dr Sile McDaid, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Dr Libby Artingstall, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Team Mental Health

Understand the different approaches to peer mentoring and peer support in schools and how it can be used to promote emotional wellbeing

Read our school case study on peer support to build resilience

Sarah Newton, Author, Speaker and Teenologist


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