Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing

Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing is the ability to understand and value emotions and use them to move forwards in a positive manner.

The Edsential team have used their expertise to develop a Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing offer, which supports the complex and demanding range of challenges affecting the whole school environment. This support will empower schools and will enable the continual development of a whole school approach to Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing.

We are committed to working with schools across Wirral, Cheshire West and Chester, the North West and beyond  to improve outcomes for children and young people.

The Challenges

  • Staff Knowledge, Skills and Confidence Leadership
  • Ability to Implement Strategy
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience
  • Evidencing and Assessing Impact
  • Behaviour and Engagement
  • Staff Wellbeing
  • Parental Engagement
  • Raising Aspirations and Narrowing the Gap
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Partnership and Collaboration
  • Work in Schools

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Support for Pupils

Support for Leaders, Managers and Staff

Working with Families

Counselling and Wellbeing Services

Data & Evaluation

Edsential want to use the power of data collection and evaluation to improve young people’s experiences in the classroom and across the school environment. We firmly believe that using data is the next step to improving learning outcomes for all pupils as we are able to shift the analytical focus to what a young person is saying and action accordingly.

Leadership & Strategy

In partnership with Leeds Beckett University

Edsential are providing the following Mental Health training to schools on behalf of Leeds Beckett University in the following local authorities:

  • Cheshire West & Chester Wirral
  • St. Helen’s
  • Liverpool
  • Halton
  • Cheshire East
  • Warrington
  • Sefton
  • And other North West localities

If you would like further details about these courses or how to access them in your locality, please email Gaby Crolla on

Gaby Crolla – School Improvement Manager (Health & Wellbeing)


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Having worked in all types of schools as a senior leader and in Local Authorities for 20 years in a variety of roles, Gaby has been responsible for high quality teaching and leadership and both challenging and supporting schools.

In addition to her work across all curriculum areas in schools, she has been fortunate enough to work across the field of Social, Emotional, Mental and Physical Health as a Teacher, Senior Leader and Advisor.

Gaby has engaged with schools as partners in her role and has strategically led on a number of themes such as Children and Young People’s learning and Emotional, Mental and Physical development and has established programmes on increasing Physical Activity, Emotional Resilience, Positive Behaviour and a range of learning programmes for children and their families.

Gaby is Ofsted trained and provides advice on national education policies to a range of organisations and is a speaker at local, regional and national conferences. Gaby is Chair of Merseyside Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity Strategy Group, is on the Advisory Board for both the UK‘s first Mental Health Centre of Excellence and for the board leading National practice on Obesity at Leeds Beckett University. She has worked as a consultant for and written publications for Youth Sport Trust for Assessment in primary and Every Child Matters and is a National Validator for AfPE for Quality Mark in Physical Education. She has been trained to approved practitioner status in health and safety. In 2012 Gaby was awarded Wirral council Employee of the year. She worked as a Press Officer at London 2012 closely working with the Italian and French athletes and is trilingual in English, French and Italian. Gaby is passionate about helping schools to integrate health and wellbeing within the ethos, routine life and core business of the school. She holds a Bed Honours degree and a Masters in Psychology.

Gaby is an accredited Mental Health First Aider. She is trained in the vital skills to have a supportive conversation around mental health, and guide someone towards support should they need it.


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Key Information

Statutory Duty: Children and Families Act 2004

To support children with medical conditions, whether physical or mental and with or without a formal diagnosis.

‘Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions’ statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England – December 2015

SEND – Code of Practice statutory guidance

Persistent mental health difficulties may lead to pupils experiencing greater difficulties in learning than the majority of others of the same age

Schools should identify a clear means to support such children

Keeping Children Safe (September 2016)

Everyone who comes into contact with children has a role to play in safeguarding children.

All schools (including independents) and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

Duty on staff to identify children who may need help, and to be aware of safeguarding processes

Who we work with

Edsential work alongside nationally acclaimed experts to ensure the services we provide have a real and genuine impact. These links enable us to support schools, focusing on innovative, evidence-based strategies and solutions. We are proud to be working in partnership with Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University and the University’s ‘Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools’ – the first centre of its kind in the UK. Leeds Beckett have established the first Masters degree for Mental Health and a Mental Health Award for Primary and Secondary schools