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Developing your school's mental health provision - London

19/09/2018 09:00 - 15:30

In December 2017, a government green paper - Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision was issued for consultation by the DfE and DoH. Its three main themes are:

  • Encouraging schools to identify a Designated Senior Leader for mental health, who will receive additional training

  • Creating Mental Health Support teams linked to groups of schools and colleges, to address the needs of young people who have mild to moderate mental health needs

  • Trailling shorter waiting times for accessing other mental health services

To set the context for the day, the course facilitators will explain the background to the green paper and how it is likely to be taken forward. This will include a link to the change in the SEND Code of Practice (2015) from BESD to SEMH, and to Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE - a call for evidence - which closed on 12th February, 2018.

This will be followed by:

  • learning moreabout what is meant by mental health

  • Why it is important to understand what neuroscientists are discovering

  • how to help children and young people with mental health needs engage with learning

The afternoon session will be interactive and participants will be asked to bring their own portable IT devices so they can explore online materials. 

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This 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
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, as well as becoming familiar with recent research and current publications
  • 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

Member - £225
Non-Member - £300

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