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Decoding mental health; promoting emotional wellbeing

This course is suitable for

School leaders, SENCOs and those with responsibilities for pastoral care and pupils' well-being in all phases and types of school

Course dates and locations

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Please note:

London courses are normally located in a training venue which is close to Barbican Station or Canary Wharf.

Courses in other locations will be easily accessible from major roads.

Birmingham - 26 May 2016

Birmingham - 22 November 2016

London - 3 February 2017

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Course fees

  • Course Rate - Non Member £300.00
  • Course Rate - Member £225.00


Decoding mental health; promoting emotional wellbeing

(formerly Suspicious, scared and sad: supporting pupils with mental health needs)

Course description

With spending on children's mental health services in England falling by more than six per cent in real terms since 2010 according to official figures, child and adolescent mental services are under increasing pressure as they juggle tight resources with increasing demand.  At the same time, since September 2014 governing bodies must make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions.  The aim is to ensure that all children with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health, are properly supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.

This course provides an opportunity for participants to learn more about what is meant by mental health; why it is important to understand what neuroscientists are discovering; and what it tells us about how to help children and young people with mental health needs to engage with learning.

This course will combine informing participants about the importance of mental health issues with practical ways of supporting affected pupils.  Some of the sessions will be interactive and participants will be asked to bring their own portable IT devices so they can explore online materials.  There will be an opportunity to discuss case studies and to put forward examples of pupils who are particularly challenging and unable to engage with learning.


It is essential that participants bring with them a tablet computer, laptop or similar device in order to access the internet and participate in the course activities.

Course facilitators

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE OBE
Dr Rona Tutt OBE


Start : 0900 for 0915
Finish: 1530

Aims of this course

This new course, developed exclusively for the NAHT, will explore mental health issues affecting children and young people in the current climate by:

  • providing an introduction to decoding mental health
  • explaining how research from neuroscientists gives us an insight into what impacts on children's ability to learn
  • examining the relationship between learning and emotional well-being and the effects of therapeutic approaches
  • using case studies to illustrate an inquiry-based approach to mental health issues
In addition, discussion will include:

  • the move from BESD (behavioural, social and emotional development) to SEMH (social, emotional and mental health difficulties) in the new SEND code of practice (2015) and the implications for schools
  • how to develop resilience to improve the well-being of children and young people

Objectives of this course

At the end of the course participants will have:

  • identified the requirements in the 2015 SEND code of practice: 0-25 years in relation to mental health
  • examined a process of inquiry for learning as an aid to emotional well being and curriculum development
  • considered the contribution of neuroscience in relation to understanding mental health needs in children and young people
  • identified routes for professional learning in the areas of neuroscience and mental health needs
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What people have said about this course

  • I attended the course with a couple of troubled children in mind but left with a whole school perspective.  It was an incredibly informative and valuable day on both a personal and professional level.  Excellent value for money judging on my intended action plan and anticipated outcomes!  A day well spent.  My only regret is that I attended alone.
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