Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing – Annual Conference

Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing – Annual Conference


£90.00 Sub Total
£0.00 Vat

£90.00 Your Price

Buy 2 places, get the third free!!!  Option for a third free place on booking form.


The conference will aim to inspire, empower and equip delegates to support the mental health of the next generation.


  • Implement new approaches to mental health, leading to improved attendance, behaviour and attainment in children and young people
  • Learn effective strategies to build resilience in pupils and staff
  • Discover the latest research on the link between physical and mental health in children and young people and steps schools can take to foster independence
  • Headteachers and developing knowledge around funding from The Government and schools -Mental Health in schools


Shaun Dellenty – Founder of Inclusion for All (IFA).  Creating nurturing learning environments for LGBTQ+ Children and Young People.


  • Shortlisted ‘Positive LGBT Role Model’ National Diversity Awards 2018
  • Independent on Sunday ‘Pink List’
  • Designated ‘Point of Light’ by UK Prime Minister for LGBT+ Inclusion In Education May 2016
  • Winner ‘Education Champion’ Excellence In Diversity Awards 2016
  • Positive LGBT+ inclusion work officially recognised by 3 Faiths Forum November 2017


Claire Birkenshaw – Claire is a former headteacher and currently a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University working in the Carnegie School of Education



Anni Silverdale Poole – Qualified teacher, headteacher, coach and counsellor.



Chris Wright – Head of Health & Wellbeing leading on strategic partnerships and tailored interventions



Dr. Ivana Vidakovic, Senior Research Lead – Ofsted



9:15am – 9:30am            Welcome

9:30am – 10:15am          Key Note: Shaun Dellenty, Founder of Inclusion for All (IFA)

10:15am – 10:30am         Panel Q&A session

10:30am – 11:00am       Break

11:00am – 12:00pm       Workshop 1

12:00pm – 1:00pm         Workshop 2

1:00pm – 2:00pm           Lunch and Exhibitors

2:00pm – 3:00pm          Round Table Discussions

3:00pm – 3:30pm          Key Note: Dr. Ivana Vidakovic, Senior Research Lead – Ofsted


Workshop choices are
  1. Bethan Cooper – Health and Safety Managing Risk v Risk Benefits

This workshop will look into the benefits of Learning outside the classroom, the myths around red tape and the HSE that often lead to activities not taking place or being banned.  The sessions will unfold the questions around “are we protecting or hindering the development of young people”? along with understanding the legal framework to introduce a healthy approach to “risky activities” into the curriculum for example forest school and adventure play.


2. Neil Garret, Primary Headteacher – Maximising existing resources and learning to support Mental Health within the curriculum

Everyone thrives in a school where positive mental health and wellbeing are an integral part of the curriculum  Children and young people are fully engaged and enjoy learning; relationships across the school are positive and respectful; creativity, diversity and critical thinking are valued and everyone feels they belong; It  takes courage and commitment to create such a school. The Headteacher believes the main purpose is education for wellbeing – to build healthy relationships, resilience and social and emotional development.


3. Patrick Ottley-O’Connor, Executive Principal and Director of Collaborative Leadership Ltd – Leading on staff mental health

This workshop will focus on creating a culture of wellbeing in schools, and support staff and good mental health and wellbeing.

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4. Anni Silverdale-Poole – Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

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There will be a 30 minute Family Engagement session during the lunch break should you wish to participate.   If so you will need to bring warm clothing and suitable footwear.



There will be a 10/15 minute mindful guided practice session available during the lunch break with ‘Kids Open Minds’




The day will feature a series of 3 x 20 minute, round table discussions facilitated by experts in their field:


Paula Baker – Parent, Jai Stark – Deputy Head and Aisling Culshaw – Early Years Educator and Visiting Lecturer –  Engaging parents in order to support their children’s learning and wellbeing 

The information and practice will focus on some strategies to promote parental engagement in your  school in both KS1, 2 and early years provision . Research tells us that that Parents’ aspirations for their children strongly predict their achievement , as does parents self efficacy (the belief that they can make a difference to their own lives through their actions and efforts ) so how can schools and KS1, 2 and early years provision develop their ability to build their own self efficacy.? This knowledge exchange will provide practice from a parent who shares their experience and what has worked for them and shared practice from a school who is committed to this area of making a real difference with parental engagement.


Claire Birkenshaw, Lecturer on Childhood and Education at Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University  also Advisory Board Member for Leeds Beckett University LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education – How an understanding of the mechanics of minority stress can be used to create a school climate of inclusion

Using Meyer’s Minority Stress Model, her experience, and that of others, Claire will demonstrate how gender and sexual minority people face a multitude of barriers and hurdles which result in poor outcomes which affect wellbeing.  Claire will facilitate discussion as to how these barriers can be surmounted for the benefit of all.


Sue Calveley – Overcoming Anxiety and Stress

This session will involve sharing commercial resources and books to help young people overcome anxiety and stress.


Karen Green & Clare Annakin – Addressing wellbeing through the Junior Award Scheme for Schools award (JASS)- endorsed by Duke of Edinburgh

This exciting award massively supports schools and educational settings with an enriched curriculum  aimed at young people in K1-KS4.  The award addresses wellbeing from a holistic approach, giving all children and young people the opportunity to learn , enjoy and engage in activities that will improve their confidence, self esteem, physical health and sense of place. The award is split into sections in the same way as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Sections/themes are Get Active, Stay Active; Me and My World; My Interests and; Adventure. A straight-forward, online system is used to monitor progress and collect evidence of activities at each level.

Debbie Cottam – Addressing wellbeing through Residential Education

Residential Arts and Outdoor Education courses offer an alternative to the core subjects and allow children to reflect on their inner being and place in the world.  Performance and outdoor opportunities increase children’s confidence and allows them to develop self- esteem through addressing challenges.

Courses encourage children to express their feelings and emotions in a constructive way and in response to situations.  They enable them to take risks and experiment in a safe, supportive environment.  The development of character and resilience is inherent within the outcomes.


Liz Dawson, Lead coach and assessor for the School Mental Health Award  – The School Mental Health Award 

Edsential 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.  The Mental Health Award is for Primary and Secondary schools

The Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.

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Chris Wright – Using Physical activity and peer mentors to improve Mental Health 

Physical activity is proven to improve mood and help to address stress and anxiety and yet there hasn’t been much focus on the role that healthy, active lives play in better mental health.  By targeting young people who are at risk of mental health issues due to increased stress and anxiety disorders (particularly exam stress), creating a physically active nurture group and providing peer mentor support we can help them balance these issues.  Chris will go through the content, structure and delivery of the ‘Active in Mind’ approach to improving mental health, increasing young people’s achievement and what physical education needs to look like in the future.


Anni Silverdale Poole – Green paper, CAMHS review

What would really support the pupils in your school?


Sue McConnell,  Deputy Head Teacher – A Schools response to the Green Paper

One School’s response to the Green Paper and what progress they have made with staff and pupils


Buy 2 places, get the third free!!!  Option for a third free place on booking form.


21st November 2018
9:15am – 4:00pm


Holiday Inn
Centre Island,
Lower Mersey Street
Ellesmere Port
CH65 2AL


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