Schools & Colleges
With limited resource and lots of different courses available it can be difficult to know which training to take up. As a starting point it is ideal for all staff to have a good basic understanding of mental health – understanding their own wellbeing as well as being able to spot the signs of problems in their students. Once all staff have this level of knowledge and understanding there are opportunities to expand this through attending more in depth courses.
Certain members of staff will particularly benefit from more training, such as those working in pastoral roles, although it is important that by training a few individuals that there isn’t too much of a reliance on them.
There is a range of training avaialble, some of which is funded. Training includes:
MindEd (Free) - Online training for families and those working with children and young people. There are e-learning opporutnities across a range of mental health topics. https://www.minded.org.uk/
Project for Schools (Peterborough only) - Offer mental health training sessions for primary schools (contact 01733 777939 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
Youth Mental Health First Aid - Every secondary school in England is entitled to one free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course through the Youth MHFA in Schools programme.
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Learning & Development (there is a charge for some of this training)- Supports schools/colleges to look for practical ways to promote emotional resilience among pupils, utilising a whole school approach to mental health. A range of training is on offer from introductory courses to more in-depth training.
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Training is tailored to the school's needs and can be delivered to staff, pupils or parents. There is also a train-the-trainer option available.
CHUMS (Free) - The early intervention training programme for schools is available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, providing training for mental health leads. Contact email@example.com for further information.
A range of other training is available locally for schools, local providers include Centre 33 and YMCA Trinity. There may be a cost for this training.
Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people - eLearning
This eLearning aims to increase the awareness, understanding and confidence of non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children or young people to access the benefits associated with measuring mental wellbeing. This free interactive short course aims to demystify and simplify the whole process of using outcomes and feedback measures to monitor mental wellbeing. The course was developed by the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), in partnership with the Anna Freud Learning Network. Access the training via: http://www.corc.uk.net/eLearning/
The Anti Bullying Alliance offers FREE CPD training for teachers and school staff , it also has a range of resources on tackling the subject of bullying.