Key Points
  • Understanding the impact of Covid-19 and lockdowns on pupils' mental health
  • Supporting the mental wellbeing of children and young people being educated remotely
  • Returning to school: supporting re-engagement and recovery
  • Progress on establishing Mental Health Support Teams within schools
  • The Link Programme bringing together education and mental health services under Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Ensuring mental health programmes are sustainable in the long-term
  • Supporting staff to manage their mental health and wellbeing
  • Delivering the teaching about mental health module as part of the new Relationship, Sex and Health Education curriculum
  • Guidance for schools in supporting bereavement
  • Engaging parents to support their children's mental health
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Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Lynn Perry MBE, Corporate Director of Children’s Services, Barnardos
  • Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching Schools and Partnerships, Alliance for Learning
  • Sinead Mc Brearty, Chief Executive, Education Support
  • Suzannah Phillips, Associate Director – Performance and Governance and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Winston’s Wish
  • Julie Norman, Primary Executive Lead, Quantock Multi-Academy Trust and MD, School Omega Solutions (SOS)
  • Christina Jones, CEO, River Tees Multi Academy Trust
  • Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, Head Teacher, Anderton Park Primary School, and Chair, Primary Sector Council, NAHT
  • Kerry-Jane Packman, Executive Director of Programmes, Parentkind
  • Diarmid Campbell-Jack, Associate Director, Ecorys UK
  • Emily Widnall, Senior Research Associate in Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol


The outbreak of Covid-19 has had a huge impact on children and young people’s mental health with many children under lockdown experiencing loneliness, anxiety, bereavement and even abuse and neglect. Schools provide a vital lifeline to support their pupils’ wellbeing, resilience, and re-engagement with learning, whether remotely or in-school.

In order to support pupils, it has to be acknowledged that the pandemic is also taking its toll on the mental health of teachers, carers and parents. It is therefore vital to build mental health resilience across the whole school community.

Westminster Insight’s Whole School Mental Health Conference provides vital information for education providers (both primary and secondary), local authorities, health services and charities about how they can collaborate to make children’s mental health a central part of their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government has already stepped up its programme of interventions including a Wellbeing for Education Return training programme, online resources and continued support and roll out of programmes to improve school children’s access to specialist mental health support services.

Attend to improve the focus on well-being and mental health in your school community to support vulnerable pupils, build students’ and teachers’ emotional resilience and promote effective learning.


Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:40
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Catherine Roche Chief Executive, Place2Be

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09:40 - 10:10
The Impact the Pandemic Has Had on Pupils’ Mental Health

 
  • Understanding "Generation Lockdown"
  • Groups disproportionately affected by lockdown
  • Recommendations to improve the mental health of children and young people during and after lockdowns
  • The role of schools to manage the impact of the outbreak on pupil wellbeing and mental health
10.00 - 10.10 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Lynn Perry MBE Corporate Director of Children’s Services UK, Barnardo’s

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10:10 - 10:50
Panel Discussion: Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of Children and Young People Being Educated Remotely

 
  • Keeping in touch with pupils during coronavirus
  • Monitoring pupils’ health and wellbeing
  • Encouraging a routine and promoting positive wellbeing
  • Supporting those struggling to engage with the curriculum during lockdown
  • Identifying vulnerable children and signposting to help from both within the school and externally within the wider community
  • Empowering parents and carers to support their children’s mental health
10.40 - 10.50 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Nick Harrop Head of External Affairs, Young Minds

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Lisa Fathers Director of Teaching Schools and Partnerships, Alliance for Learning

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Kerry-Jane Packman Executive Director of Programmes, Membership and Charitable Services, Parentkind

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10:50 - 11:30
Panel Discussion: Supporting Re-Engagement and Recovery when Returning to School

 
  • Creating a safe and reassuring environment 
  • Talking to children about coronavirus 
  • Understanding what kind of mental health issues pupils might be presenting with and how to spot them
  • Allowing time for pupils to reconnect with peers, explore difficult feelings and process lockdown experiences
  • Acknowledging disruptions to learning and concerns about assessments and future prospects
  • Reviewing behaviour policies to take into account the impact of Covid-19
  • Ensuring Inhouse pastoral support and access to external specialist support services 
  • Considering additional training so that the whole school can support pupils, help them recover and build resilience. 
11.20 - 11.30 Questions and Discussion

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Christina Jones CEO, River Tees Multi Academy Trust

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Julie Norman Primary Executive Lead, Quantock Multi-Academy Trust and MD, School Omega Solutions (SOS)

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Emily Widnall Senior Research Associate in Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol

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11:30 - 11:40
Intermission

 

11:40 - 12:10
Guidance for Schools in Supporting Bereaved Children

 
  • The initial school response and contact with the family
  • Supporting the child or young person
  • Acknowledging how and when is appropriate to share the news with the school community
  • Responding to the impact of the news on other pupils and staff
  • Supporting the family with appropriate resources
  • Compiling condolences and helping a bereaved child return to school
12:00 - 12:10 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Suzannah Phillips Associate Director – Performance and Governance and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Winston’s Wish

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12:10 - 12:40
The Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges Link Expanded Programme

 
  • Aims of the programme to bring together education and mental health services under Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) 
  • Training schools, colleges and alternative provision to pool their understanding and resources 
  • Lessons learnt from the programme
  • Adapting the programme online during the pandemic and longer term sustainability
  • Case studies of best practice to date
12.30 - 12.40 Questions and Discussion

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Diarmid Campbell-Jack Associate Director, Ecorys UK

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12:40 - 13:10
Supporting Staff to Manage their Mental Health and Wellbeing

 
  • Maintaining a reasonable workload and working hours/patterns
  • Ensuring safe working practices and Covid-19 protocols
  • Supporting colleagues struggling with new ways of working
  • Spotting early warning signs and signposting to sources of support
  • Looking after your own mental health when not working
13.00 - 13.10 Questions and Discussion 

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Sinead Mc Brearty CEO, Education Support

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13:10 - 14:00
Intermission

 

14:00 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Teaching About Mental Health and Wellbeing

 
  • Implementing the new RSHE curriculum in both primary and secondary education
  • Highlighting risk topics that lockdown has exacerbated including domestic abuse, technology addiction, online grooming, and recruitment into criminal exploitation or child sexual exploitation 
  • Practical materials for primary and secondary schools to teach mental wellbeing
14.20 - 14.30 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson Head Teacher, Anderton Park Primary School, and Chair, Primary Sector Council, NAHT

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Nick Forsyth Head of Wellbeing, Kingston Grammar School

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14:30 - 15:00
Developing Sustainable School-Based Mental Health Programmes

 
  • Factors that affect sustainability of mental health programmes in schools
  • Sustainable solutions that schools can embed into their everyday practice
14.50 - 15.00 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Anna Moore Research Officer, Education for Wellbeing (AWARE and INSPIRE), Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

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15:00 - 15:30
Update on Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in Schools

 
  • Update on progress made by Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) providing early intervention, ‘whole-school approaches’ and reducing waiting times to CAMHS
  • Adapting the MHSTs to work during the pandemic
  • Case studies of best practice
  • Progress in establishing teams in up to 25% of the country by 2023
15:20 - 15:30 Questions and Discussion

15:30 - 15:40
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Catherine Roche Chief Executive, Place2Be

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End

Speakers

Diarmid Campbell-Jack Associate Director, Ecorys UK

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Lisa Fathers Director of Teaching Schools and Partnerships, Alliance for Learning

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Nick Forsyth Head of Wellbeing, Kingston Grammar School

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Nick Harrop Head of External Affairs, Young Minds

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Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson Head Teacher, Anderton Park Primary School, and Chair, Primary Sector Council, NAHT

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Christina Jones CEO, River Tees Multi Academy Trust

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Sinead Mc Brearty CEO, Education Support

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Anna Moore Research Officer, Education for Wellbeing (AWARE and INSPIRE), Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

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Julie Norman Primary Executive Lead, Quantock Multi-Academy Trust and MD, School Omega Solutions (SOS)

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Kerry-Jane Packman Executive Director of Programmes, Membership and Charitable Services, Parentkind

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Lynn Perry MBE Corporate Director of Children’s Services UK, Barnardo’s

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Suzannah Phillips Associate Director – Performance and Governance and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Winston’s Wish

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Catherine Roche Chief Executive, Place2Be

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Emily Widnall Senior Research Associate in Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol

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Venue details

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