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The Scottish Government has made improving mental wellbeing in schools a national priority. In April 2017, the Government launched its new ten-year Mental Health Strategy, with a specific commitment to review mental health support for children and young people.

As the number of pupils and teaching staff suffering from mental health illnesses continues to rise, it has become essential for schools to support emotional wellbeing and prevent poor mental health becoming a barrier to achievement.

This Supporting Mental Wellbeing in Schools training course is designed to give you the knowledge to overcome the challenges of implementing a successful whole school approach to mental wellbeing.

Attend to learn how to effectively support pupil and staff wellbeing, embed wellbeing into personal social education (PSE) lessons and create an action plan for creating an inclusive strategy for implementing wellbeing in your school.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explore innovative and evolving practice in supporting learner mental health and wellbeing
  • Share strategies for encouraging positive mental health and wellbeing of colleagues – managing stressors, within the workplace
  • Share innovative and evolving practice from schools
  •  Contextualise the development of school based strategies in response to the Scottish Government’s 2017 – 2027 Mental Health Policy
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 09:50

Chair’s Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

09:50 - 10:20

Mental Wellbeing in Schools: Empowering Teachers within the current policy landscape in Scotland

10:20 - 10:50

Child Mental Health and Wellbeing - Contextual Factors

  • Explore why context matters in relation to the health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Explore an ecological framework for considering contextual factors
  • Highlight the implications for the Learning Environment
  • Signpost resources and information
10:50 - 11:05

Morning Break

11:05 - 12:05

Case Study: Ensuring Equality and Equity through the Health and Wellbeing Agenda

  • Explore how to support children in all aspects of school life and remove barriers to achievement
  • Share best practices on how to develop resilience, emotional wellbeing and mental health among pupils
  • Discover how to work in close partnership with councils in promoting wellbeing in schools
12:05 - 12:50

Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools

  • Identify the key challenges of effectively supporting staff wellbeing
  • Support your staff to develop coping mechanisms for teaching pressures
  • Learn how to increase staff morale and well-being to ensure successful outcomes in your school
  • Harnesses staff engagement and wellbeing across your school
12:50 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Embedding Health and Wellbeing into Personal and Social Education

  • Hear about a successful project which has raised attainment and supported wellbeing through using wider achievement and sustainable partnerships
  • Identify the challenges of implementing effective wellbeing education in PSE
  • Explore innovative methods for embedding mental health and wellbeing in the classroom
14:15 - 14:45

Approaches to Supporting Learner Wellbeing - Eating Disorders

  • Signs and symptoms of Eating Disorders
  • Why early intervention matters in Eating Disorders
  • Strategies to support learners with Eating Disorders
  • Resources and Information about Eating Disorders
14:45 - 15:15

Approaches to Supporting Learner Wellbeing - Round Table Discussion

15:15 - 15:45

Approaches to supporting Learner Wellbeing

Working with the Chair, colleagues will consider actions that might underpin the development of effective approaches to learner and colleague mental health and wellbeing.

  • Identify strategies for disseminating the practice shared by session leads, and consider how such practice might develop within your work setting
  • Reflect on existing and emerging best practice within your own work setting
  • Devise key actions to discuss with your colleagues and explore with your senior leadership
15:45 - 16:15

Refreshments, Feedback, Evaluation and Close


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