17 Sep, 20209:30 am-4:00 pm
Online Event
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Learn about the challenges surrounding mental health in school pupils and how a positive educational experience can be promoted in your school.

How does an Online IG Interactive Training Work? 

  • A full training day delivered via an interactive online platform
  • Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion with peers
  • Training sessions delivered with live presentations and resources
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources to support implementation in your school


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. A DfE-led trial is currently underway with 370 schools investigating what works for health and wellbeing, to boost evidence in this area for the entire sector.

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 will be the case even more so when pupils finally return to school, at a time that is safe to do so following the COVID-19 outbreak, given the prevalence of related anxiety during this time. At a time when 1 in 8 young people between 5 and 19 years old have a diagnosable mental health condition, The Children’s Society among others have warned this could be exacerbated during this time.

Join this Supporting Independent School Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing training 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 ISI inspection framework.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess the position of your institution and the key challenges related to pupils’ mental well-being
  • Examine how to reduce symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety among pupils
  • Understand how to respond to self-harm, eating disorders and other mental health disorders
  • Meet the ISI inspection framework to promote positive mental health and supporting pupils with mental health needs
  • Take away best practices and techniques to implement a whole-school approach to mental well-being


9:30 am
Login and Accessing Training Platform

*Please note to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines, this training will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates.

9:45 am
Trainer’s Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives
Ben Turner
Ben Turner
Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Wimbledon High School
10:00 am
Pupils’ Mental Wellbeing: Building the ‘Next Normal’ for Pastoral Care
  • Recognising the key challenges and opportunities related to pupils’ mental health from COVID-19
  • Identifying how the pastoral landscape has changed since March 2020
  • Spotting the common signs of mental ill-health amongst pupils, structuring appropriate support and knowing how to respond with flexibility
  • Tackling the use of negative coping strategies such as self-harm and understanding how to reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety among pupils
Ben Turner
Ben Turner
Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Wimbledon High School
11:00 am
Morning Break and Networking

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function, or use this time to take a screen break.

11:15 am
Case Study: Responding Effectively to Poor Mental Well-being with a Positive Education Model
  • Identifying common risk factors for self-harm, eating disorders and other mental health disorders and how this has been experienced at St Swithun’s School
  • Outlining the positive education model adapted from Australia and rolled out as a whole school pastoral programme ensuring pupils practise strategies that build positive emotions and resilience
  • Instilling this approach into the curriculum, to promote good wellbeing in all lessons, as well as timetabling specific weekly lessons on this theme
  • Discussing the varied counselling and mentoring services provided by the school, to support pupils struggling with mental health, ensuring early intervention
  • Consider parental influence and expectations and how best to deal with parents when it comes to pupils’ mental health
  • Exploring cost-effective ways of delivering important responses for pupils
Dr Helen O’Connor
Dr Helen O’Connor
Clinical Psychologist
St Swithun’s School
Graham Yates
Graham Yates
Deputy Head of Pastoral
St Swithun’s School
12:00 pm
How is Well-being Inspected?
  • Meet the standard: understanding the schools’ responsibilities in promoting positive mental health and supporting pupils with mental health needs
  • Discussing how the ISI assesses safeguarding, pastoral care and pupils’ personal development in line with the 2019 inspection framework
  • Sharing best practice in excelling at promoting mental well-being of pupils and discussing what schools can do to improve this
  • Recognising what can be learnt from the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision Green Paper for state schools
Sara Wiggins
Sara Wiggins
Reporting Inspector, ISI and Consultant
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Consultancy
1:00 pm
Break and Networking

Discuss your learning so far with fellow attendees via the virtual chat function, or use this time to take a screen break. 

1:45 pm
Case Study: Taking a Holistic Approach to Student Mental Well-being
  • Outlining the development of “the Hub”, a pupil-run drop-in centre which uses peer support to break down barriers and stigma and provides a supportive and comfortable environment for students to voice concerns
  • Understanding how to create a school-wide culture where all staff and students recognise wellbeing as a responsibility and includes the views of parents, students and staff in wellbeing policies
  • Recognising the essential role of well-trained and high-quality learning support and pastoral teams in providing effective and accessible support
  • Examining the Student Support Alphabet, an online resource which offers 24/7 accessible advice to pupils on a range of topics which affect wellbeing
  • Highlighting the cost-effectiveness of taking a holistic approach

Woodhouse Grove has been awarded the Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools

Becky Vernon
Becky Vernon
Head of Wellbeing
Woodhouse Grove School
2:30 pm
Afternoon Break and Networking

Discuss plans for implementing what you’ve learned so far with other delegates, or use this time to take a screen break. 

2:45 pm
Workshop: Implementing a Whole School Approach to Pupil Well-being

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

  • Understand how to embed a whole school approach to promote emotional health and well-being throughout your school
  • Plan how to identify signs of mental health issues and embed early intervention processes in your school policy
  • Explore ideas and strategies to boost student well-being and happiness before disorders develop
  • Understand how to build on existing good practice in your organisation
Ben Turner
Ben Turner
Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Wimbledon High School
3:45 pm
Feedback, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change


This training is specifically designed for independent schools. Typical job titles will include:

  • Headteachers
  • Chief Executives
  • Heads of Children’s Commissioning
  • Improvement Leads
  • Mental Health Clinical Leads
  • Directors of Children’s Services
  • Pastoral Leads
  • CAMHS Practitioners
  • Mental Health Improvement Officers
  • Youth Wellbeing Managers
  • Children’s Nurses
  • School Nurses


For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]