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Training for Schools
It is estimated that one in eight 5 to 19 year olds have suffered from at least one diagnosable mental disorder, therefore it is likely that many more will struggle with their mental health and emotional wellbeing at some point during their school years.
We all have our role to play in supporting children and young people, and schools pay an important part in supporting young people that may be struggling with their mental health. It is vital that everyone working within a school has an understanding of what mental health is and has the confidence to recognise and respond to common issues.
What is the mental health competency framework?
Local Authority Public Health, YMCA Trinity Group, educational establishments and local NHS services have developed a competency based model of assessment to guide schools and colleges in identifying their training needs. The framework was created to simplify the complex picture of mental health training available. The aim is to ensure staff at all levels have the confidence to support children and young people by building core resilience skills, identifying emerging concerns at an early stage, and signposting to appropriate care pathways or interventions where possible. There is no expectation that education staff will diagnose or treat mental health problems.
Click here to download the mental health competency framework.
How do I use the framework?
The framework has been designed as a self-assessment tool. One approach might be to review the tool within a staff meeting or with a smaller group including senior leads (such as the mental health lead). The tool can be used to understand where current levels of understanding of mental health are within different staffing groups, and to highlight areas for improvement.
A digital version of the Mental Health Competency Framework is available which can be saved onto each school’s Microsoft Forms account enabling easy circulation to staff and the responses to be automatically collated. This will help all schools to analyse needs and plan training programmes accordingly. We also encourage schools to share their results to enable local trends to be identified and gaps to be addressed. To gain access to the link to the digital survey as well as set of instructions on the next steps to take, please email:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the Quality Assurance checklist for Schools.
There are lots of local and national providers that can provide training, some of which is free to access. If you decide to purchase training, the quality assurance checklist above can help to ensure that you receive a quality service that fits your needs.
Local provision for schools and other professionals:
Kooth training sessions for professionals. The sessions will include the following:
- A live tour of Kooth with an introduction to Kooth and how it works. Support on how to get young people signed up to Kooth.
• Explanation of professional support available via Kooth and what young people can expect.
• Explanation of Kooth's other features and support tools for young people.
• An opportunity to ask questions regarding the service.
Kooth is available to young people aged between 11-18. Click here to read their guide for professionals and here for their activities brochure for secondary schools. If you would like more information or are interested in upcoming training contact:
Cheryl Allright (email@example.com)
Kooth Engagement Lead - London & South East
+44 (0)7497157139 www.koothplc.com
Training with CPSL Mind
Our team of experienced trainers work flexibly and supportively with individuals, organisations and businesses to increase mental health knowledge and skills.
All of our income goes towards funding the work of our charity including direct services for people recovering from mental health problems in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire.
From Mental Health First Aid to suicide prevention to working with young people, we have a range of courses to increase awareness and skills in our local community - please click here to view courses.
We’ll support you to equip your employees with the skills and understanding to create a healthy working environment which benefits your organisation and local community. Please click here to view courses for organisations and companies.
provide a variety of training courses and workshops to improve the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of children, young people and staff. Their courses are broken down into Core, Enhanced and Targeted training depending on your needs and requirements.
Please note: Due to the success and accessibility of their virtual training programme during the pandemic, all short workshops will be offered virtually using Zoom for 2021/2022.
Should you wish to arrange these in-house, they would be happy to arrange face to face training delivery. Please get in touch to discuss how this might work. Full day or longer courses will be delivered face to face wherever possible so that delegates can best achieve the desired outcomes from the session.
All courses are subject to change at short notice. For more information contact 01733 373187 or firstname.lastname@example.org (will support achieving competencies in framework assessment stages 1, 2 and 3).
Please see here for their 2021/22 Academic Year Training Calendar or here for our full course brochure
Designated Senior Mental Health Lead Training - Senior Mental Health Leads in schools and colleges can now apply for grant funding to access Department for Education (DfE) approved training. The DfE is offering a £1,200 grant for a senior member of school or college staff to access quality assured training to implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in your setting. To find out more about accessing this grant visit the Senior Mental Health Lead Guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/senior-mental-health-lead-training. Please note that a localised programme is being put together this year that we hope will be approved for the 22/23 academic year.. This will be based on local need and will be developed in collaboration with local service providers such as the local authority, NHS and YMCA Trinity Group. To register your interest in this, please email email@example.com.
SEND Educational Psychology Services - SEND Services provide targeted support and training to staff supporting students with all aspects of special educational needs, but particularly those experiencing social and emotional difficulties.
Learning Together Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has Guidance and Training for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Schools and Settings. Click the logo or link for more information.
provides sexual health and HIV support, education and information for schools and professionals and young people from age 11 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough click here to find out more.
National provisions for training
MindEd (Free) - Online training for families and those working with children and young people. There are e-learning opportunities across a range of mental health topics.
Young Minds offer training on a range of subjects from anxiety to social media.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance (free) - CPD training for teachers and school staff, it also has a range of resources on tackling the subject of bullying.
Zero Suicide Alliance (free) - Powerful training developed by Merseyside NHS around having conversations about suicide and preventing it if you come across a situation.
Creating Mentally Healthy Schools
A Whole-School Approach to Mental Health
A whole-school approach means making child, staff and parent/carer mental health and wellbeing ‘everybody’s business’. It involves all parts of the school working together and being committed. It needs partnership working between governors, senior leaders, teachers and all school staff as well as parents, carers and the wider community (Mentally Healthy Schools). For more information visit https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/whole-school-approach/.
There are lots of helpful documents and frameworks to develop a whole-school approach to mental health, these include:
National Children’s Bureau: A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health: a self-assessment and improvement tool for school leaders. Outlines a four-stage approach, including first identifying what is already in place in the school.
Public Health England: ‘Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: a whole school and college approach’.
DfE/NatCen Social Research/National Children’s Bureau: ‘Supporting mental health in schools and colleges’
School Policy - Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing
The policy document found here is the outcome of a collaboration between Bottisham Village College and the CAMH Learning and Development team, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. It is intended as a template for other secondary schools and will therefore be made available across the county. However, it is not meant to be adopted without due process and careful and thorough consideration of the individual school’s needs in relation to the emotional wellbeing and mental health of its pupils and staff.
Guidance as to how the policy could be customised can be found here.
Other useful resources for creating mentally healthy schools
Heads Together and the Anna Freud Centre have launched the Mentally Healthy Schools website which brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Their aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils. Resources include lessons plans, assemblies, films and general information on a range of topics and issues.
Schools in Mind Network:
The Schools in Mind Network is run by the Anna Freud Centre, by joining the network your school will be able to access a range of free resources. This includes films to use in lessons, assembly plans as well as a range of films featuring experts talking about different mental health issues and giving advice aimed at teaching staff. Joining the network also enables you to keep up to date with the 'You're never to Young to Talk About Mental Health' campaign.
For more information visit: http://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/
Papyrus’ ‘Building Suicide-Safer Schools and Colleges: A guide for teachers and staff’ covers:
- Developing a Suicide Prevention Policy
- Asking About Suicide
- Responding to a Suicide
- Working with Community Support
Access the guide here: save the class toolkit:
sexual health training for schools and professionals
Dhiverse trainings are suitable and beneficial for professionals, parents and anyone in a formal or informal support role, who would like to have a better understanding of consent, sexual health, relationships and sex, and related topics. Their trainings will equip you with the skills, knowledge and information you need to feel comfortable when talking about these matters. Please click here for their September 2021 to March 2022 programme
Dhiverse have used their experience, knowledge and understanding gained from providing RSE to Cambridgeshire schools for the last 25+ years, and developed and designed a full Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Curriculum Package for schools. Our curriculum has been designed in line with DfE guidelines and has the support and approval of Cambridgeshire’s PSHE team.
They have also developed a Professionals Training Package for school staff and other professionals which includes how to communicate around sex and relationships. Click here to go to the their RSE Curriculum Information and Forms page.
Dhiverse offer a range of non-mainstream relationships and sex education (RSE) programmes that can be delivered in a non-educational setting, ‘SLIP’ is one of these programmes. SLIP stands for ‘Sex, the Law, and the Internet & Pornography' SLIP and is an alternative and age appropriate relationships and sex education programme. It is suitable for any young person age 9 to 24 who, for whatever reason, did not engage, or is currently finding it difficult to engage, in Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) or Relationships Education (RE) in school. Click here to see their leaflet to find out more about SLIP. See their guidance for making a referral here.
Dhiverse's 'ABC Programme' is an alternative, age appropriate and ability appropriate programme for anyone age 11 and older (there is no upper age limit for this programme), who has a learning difficulty (LD) or autism. For more information on the ‘ABC Programme’ please click The ABC Programme Booklet for an easy read version. And click here to find out more about what they offer.
They also offer' Understanding ABC' as a CPD accredited workshop which aims to help parents, carers and professionals explore the relationship and sexual needs of people with a LD or autism. It will enable you to understand some of the barriers people with a LD or autism face when learning about relationships, sex and sexual health and to consider more effective ways to communicate with someone with a LD or autism about sex and relationships. Click here for the course leaflet.
Crisis Tools online resource hub offers unique, co-produced learning guides to increase knowledge and confidence for anyone supporting young people in a mental health crisis. See here for more information.
Health Education England & are working together to help individuals develop their confidence, knowledge and skills when supporting young people in a mental health crisis. Crisis Tools is relevant to anyone who may find themselves supporting a young person in crisis, including health and care, education or any other professionals, parents and carers.
The Crisis Tools website features a resource sharing hub and bite-sized learning guides aimed at improving your knowledge and understanding of young people’s experiences when getting help in crisis. These unique learning guides are co-designed and delivered by young people with lived experience and clinical experts. The guides cover key themes such as approach, communication and practical strategies including the complexities when delivering care remotely. Openly available for free at www.crisistools.org.uk
The following short films are designed to show how teaching Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) in schools and colleges can support children and young people’s personal development. They illustrate how knowledge, skills and attitudes explored during this learning can potentially have a positive impact on children and young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
The films involve pupils from a primary and secondary school in Cambridgeshire where the ethos and culture supports and promotes children’s and young people health and wellbeing. In these schools, teaching and learning in PSHE are prioritised, and as well as being taught explicitly via designated periods of time, form an integral part of the schools’ practice.
The lessons represent a snapshot of activities that would form part of a longer term personal development programme. They showcase examples of PSHE teaching and learning methodologies that could be delivered during a PSHE lesson or tutor time and are designed to serve as an illustrative guide rather than examples of standalone lessons. We would advise reading the accompanying guidance for each film before teaching lessons based on the content of the film.
The lessons will also support the requirements for the forthcoming statutory status for Relationships Education, and possible statutory status for PSHE.
We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to answer the 4 questions via this link once you have accessed the films:
Healthy Relationships - Accompanying Notes (Secondary School)
Body Image - Accompanying Notes (Secondary School)
Anti-bullying - Accompanying Notes (Secondary School)
Conflict Resolution - Accompanying Notes (Primary School)
My Emotions - Accompanying Notes (Primary School)
Acknowledgements: We would like to thank the two Cambridgeshire schools for hosting this project, and the pupils for their participation. We would also like to thank Edd Mitchell from Burwell House in Cambridgeshire for creating the films.
The Cambridgeshire PSHE Service provides support, guidance and training on the themed areas and approaches explored in these films. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about teaching materials and resources designed to support schools in delivering these aspects of the PSHE curriculum.
The BBC has a range of short videos about young people and the things they worry about including bullying,anxiety and OCD. They are suitable for Key stage 2 and 3 and can be found HERE
The Mix now has information and support all about healthy relationships.