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