e-PD Conference on Mental Health and Wellbeing for Schools

Course venue:

Hilton Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel

Course Phase:


Starting date:

20 Jun 2018, 09:00

End date:

20 Jun 2018, 15:45

No of Classes:


Course Description

Following feedback from the Primary Heads and Deputy Headteacher and Senior Leaders Conferences in January, it was clear that mental health and wellbeing is an important issue in West Sussex schools.

This Conference will provide support and guidance for schools for both pupils and staff.

Course Leader

The Conference is being led by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health. She is a prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author who develops and shares practical and evidence informed approaches to promoting mental health. She aims to equip education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support children and staff in their care. Dr Shoshanah Lyons. Cinical Director and Founder of Beacon House will lead the afternoon session on 'How to Have Difficult Conversations'

Course Programme

9.00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 - 9.45 Introductions and Aims for the Day

9.45 - 10.45 Dr Pooky Knightsmith - Starting with you; practical strategies for promoting staff wellbeing.

In order to be in a strong position to promote the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils, we need first to think about staff wellbeing. This both enables us to act as role models to our pupils and also means that we have the emotional resilience to best support those pupils who may be struggling.

10.45 - 11.15 Break

11.15 - 12.15 - Dr Pooky Knightsmith - Practical Strategies for Supporting the Mental Health of Children and Young People

This session will help you understand common warning signs that indicate a pupil may need support with their mental health. You'll learn when to worry, when not to worry and what to do next. As well as considering practical steps that can be taken to support children in school, we'll also consider the red flag signs that mean urgent referral is needed to specialist services.

12.15 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 14.30 Dr Shoshanah Lyons - How to Have Difficult Conversations

Working in a school naturally means having frequent 'difficult conversations' with pupils but also with parents and even colleagues. This workshop invites you to practise a strength-based approach to difficult conversations, and particularly draws on the conversational skill of scaling the problem. By using a range of curious, solution-focussed questions, you will learn how to have those tricky conversations with greater confidence.

14.30 - 14.40 Tea/Coffee

14.40 - 15.30 Opportunity for Reflection and Planning 

Set agendas for future meetings and develop next steps on own settings

15.30 Closing thanks