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It is estimated that one in ten children and young people have a diagnosable mental disorder. As the prevalence of mental health issues among young people continues to rise, it is essential that independent schools have the knowledge and the capacity to support affected pupils. Given that child and adolescent mental health services are under increasing pressure, schools play a crucial role in promoting positive mental wellbeing and preventing mental illness.

This Supporting Independent School Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing training course is designed to help you overcome the challenges surrounding mental health and to promote a positive educational experience in your school.

Featuring interactive sessions and practical workshops, this course covers key issues including how to identify mental health issues, prevent poor mental health from being a barrier to achievement and ensure compliance with the legal duty of care.

Hear from best practice case studies that explore how to tackle the negative impact of social media on pupils and identify key resources that can be used to support pupils’ with mental health needs.

This one-day interactive course will also provide you with the unique opportunity to develop a personalised action plan to support pupils’ mental health and ultimately embed excellence within your institution.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the position of your institution and the key challenges related to pupils’ mental wellbeing
  • Examine how to reduce symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety among pupils
  • Learn how to create innovative and positive social media and phone policies inside and outside of school
  • Understand and implement the latest safeguarding guidance and effectively respond to your school’s legal responsibilities
  • Meet your schools responsibilities in promoting positive mental health and supporting pupils with mental health needs
  • Take away best practices and techniques to implement a whole-school approach to mental wellbeing
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair's Introduction and Clarificiation of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Pupils' Mental Wellbeing: Identification and Intervention

  • Explore research regarding the development of mental health illness in children
  • Recognise the key challenges related to pupils’ mental health within your institution
  • Identify signs of mental ill-health among pupils, and learn how to communicate during intervention
  • Tackle the use of negative coping strategies such as self-harm
  • Reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety among pupils
11:00 - 12:00

Case Study: Empowering Pupils’ Use of Technology

  • Gain insight into the rationale and stance on mobile phone policy at Shiplake College
  • Evaluate the advantages and the impact on learning of a digital detox and how it can develop self-sufficiency within pupils as well as helping the wellbeing of teachers
  • Creating a phones and social media policy – leaders of change and resetting the status quo
  • Present positive examples of technology for learning by utilising technology for the classroom, including Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Include parents in best practice to ensure consistency inside and outside school
  • Visions for the future; what happens next?
12:00 - 12:15

Morning Break

12:15 - 13:00

Understand Your Legal Duty of Care

Have your questions answered in this interactive legal session 

  • Understand the legal duty of care
  • Meet the standard: schools’ responsibilities in promoting positive mental health and supporting pupils with mental health needs
  • Clarify when interventions are appropriate and learn how to make referrals
  • Examine online and social media privacy regulations, issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, and defamation
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Creating Wellbeing throughout Independent Schools

  • Know what wellbeing in the school environment looks like
  • Share best practices on how to develop resilience, emotional wellbeing and mental health among pupils
  • Identify what resources can be used to support pupils with mental health needs both in and outside of the classroom in order to equip them with crucial life skills
  • Consider parental influence and expectations and how best to deal with parents when it comes to pupils’ mental health
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Implementing a Whole School Approach to Pupil Wellbeing

Working with the Chair, delegates will create an action plan to implement a whole school approach to pupil wellbeing.

  • Understand how to embed a whole school approach to promote emotional health and wellbeing
  • Plan how to identify signs of mental health issues and embed early intervention processes in your school
  • Explore ideas and strategies to boost student wellbeing and happiness
  • How to build on existing good practice
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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