A self-assessment and improvement tool for school leaders. This tool signposts evidence from research and practice. It offers prompts for debate and activity bringing everyone together and building on existing practice, identifying new programmes and interventions, setting priorities and implementing and evaluating change.
A four stage self-assessment and improvement tool:
Stage 1- Identify what happens and what matters in your school
Stage 2- common language and commitment
Stage 3- capacity and relationship building
Stage 4- tracking and evaluating progress, embedding and sustaining practice.
time to change
It's hard enough to experience mental health problems, without having to face the judgement, shame and isolation that often surrounds them. That's why we want to end mental health discrimination. Click here to visit our website which includes lesson plans and information for professionals to use with young people.
The way young people think and act about mental health is a national priority. Yet some youth professionals and teachers are still prevented from helping young people: through lack of confidence, lack of time and - increasingly - pressures on budgets.
That's why Time to Change is once again giving away a simple, effective and inspiring set of resources and advice to support your work with young people. In return, all we ask is for you to commit to delivering four very short sessions about mental health during the month of November.
This year's campaign is called In Your Corner, and will feature new sessions, plans and films.
You can register for the free materials by signing up now. The simple form will ask you to indicate your commitment to the four sessions and your estimate of the numbers of students you think you will be able to reach out to during the month. Make sure your students are joining the thousands of others who'll be taking part this November.
We believe this generation can be more open about mental health problems than any generation before.
NICE has developed a range of online learning resources in collaboration with partners and has identified a range of additional tools to support the implementation of NICE guidance. This includes Children’s Attachment which is aimed at professionals working with children who are in care or on the edge of care.
MindEd provides free educational resources containing advice, guidance and information on managing a wide range of mental health issues in children and teens.
This pack contains factual information, case studies, a book list with suggested reading as well as other avenues for guidance, support and advice. It aims to promote greater understanding of grief, highlight the importance of listening and also some templates for sharing information. Below are two links for charities that provide more information as well as some lesson plans from the Child Bereavement Trust.
We know that the pandemic and the associated measures and restrictions, such as social distancing and school closures, will be impacting on the mental wellbeing of some children and young people.
We have put together some useful links and sources of support so that children and young people, parents, carers, and school and college staff can get the advice and help they need. We have also added a new module to the RSHE curriculum for primary and secondary schools specifically designed to focus on mental health.
This important addition will enable much-needed conversations about mental health to happen inside the classroom.
Open book webinar series: free online learning for teachers, tutors and home educators
After hearing from teachers about the many challenges they are facing today, we have curated a brand new, thought-provoking series of free webinars.
Over the series, we will address a range of topics, including children and young people's mental health, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), and dealing with highly sensitive issues around trauma and abuse. Each webinar will be led by one of our expert mentors, all of whom come from teaching backgrounds.
These sessions will provide education professionals with opportunities to develop their skills and discover the multitude of ways Books Beyond Words can support pupils across mainstream and SEN settings. The first webinar will be taking place at the end of June and places are limited - read on for more details.
Talking through the Taboo: Sensitive conversations with children and young people
Wednesday 30th June 2021; 3.30pm
With the number of children and young people presenting with mental health difficulties at an all-time high, and support services stretched to capacity, schools are increasingly called upon to bridge the gap. Join us to find out how the Beyond Words approach can assist staff in schools to feel confident to engage in conversations around sensitive issues with pupils, and in doing so, support their SEMH needs.
A New TrueTube film for Mental Health Awareness Week
Emily is a poet and a teacher, and has bipolar disorder. It's a mental health illness that means she can feel very down or very up for no reason whatsoever. With eloquence and humour she describes how it feels, how she manages it, and how she'd like society to be more understanding and accepting of mental health disorders.
Having a conversation with parents and carers about mental health
A Beginner's Guide for Schools. Developed with YoungMinds', Teachers' Insight Group (May 2019)
Mental health is a very emotional subject to talk about. This is especially true of conversations between teachers and parents and carers, whether they have approached you, or you have encouraged them to think about their family’s mental health yourself. Click here to view the full resource.
(updated 4th May 2020)
Click here to view the latest wellbeing packs to help parents and teachers to support children through this challenging time.
Resources are available for Primary and Secondary age groups.
Looking back and planning ahead toolkit
We’ve put together this toolkit to help you and your pupils reflect on 2020, and manage any end-of-term anxieties. We’re also sharing some resources to support the wellbeing of staff and parents and carers during this time.
We’re coming to the end of 2020, and it has been a uniquely challenging and difficult year for schools.
The Christmas holidays this year may be welcome for some staff and pupils, but anxiety-inducing for others. Children may be worried about what the festive season will look like this year, and school staff may be worried about how another break from schooling will impact pupils.
We have gathered together resources from lots of different organisations to help children, staff and parents reflect on 2020, and feel positive about 2021.