Training conference

The 2019 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference

Mental Health in schools
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Feedback from last year’s conference was clear – delegates were keen to have more time to share ideas, listen to more practical examples and take away more resources to use in their school setting. As a result, our 2019 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools conference is all about sharing ideas, experiences and good practice.

Now in its 4th year, the conference is a key event in the calendar for education and mental health professionals across Scotland.

The conference will begin with an engagement session led by The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee. Over the past year, the Committee has been running an inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland – aiming to understand and suggest improvements on how young people feeling low and/or anxious can get the advice and support they need, particularly for the first time. This opening session will provide the Committee with an opportunity to speak directly with those delivering mental health and wellbeing support in Schools.

Our second session will focus on key data and trends in young people’s health and wellbeing, including results from the latest Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) study – and explore how the recently launched Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) can support schools in using data to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of their pupils.

Post-lunch, we will hold a 90-minute Ideas Hub – entirely dedicated to showcasing approaches, resources or lesson plans around children and young people’s mental health that have been delivered in schools across Scotland. If you offer mental health and wellbeing support and guidance to young people, there will hopefully be some ideas and approaches here that might help!

FEATURING

PUBLIC PETITIONS COMMITTEE, The Scottish Parliament
DR JO INCHLEY, International Coordinator of the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) study & Co-Principal Investigator of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
PATTIE SANTELICES, Health & Wellbeing Team, City of Edinburgh Council
JOANNE AITKEN, Children & Young People Development Manager, SAMH
LAURA SHARPE, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me Scotland
DAWN HAUGHTON, Network Manager of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
ANDY DINGWALL, Deputy Headteacher, Blairgowrie High School
NICOLA FERGUSON, Depute Head Teacher, Doune Primary School
SUE PARSONS, Class Teacher, Doune Primary School
ASHLEY MONTGOMERY, Curriculum Leader – PE, McLaren High School
FIONA DONNELLY, Headteacher, Sandwood Primary School
JORDAN DALY, Co-founder, Time for Inclusive Education (TIE)
LINDA DICKSON, Project Worker, Barnardo’s Scotland
AMY WILSON, Falkirk Pathway Service, Barnardo’s Scotland
DAVID CAMERON, Educational Consultant

BACKGROUND
In July this year, the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Task Force (jointly commissioned by the Scottish Government and COSLA) published its recommendations – whilst underlining the importance of a whole system approach, the Task Force concluded that transformational change is required to improve children and young people’s mental health and that early intervention and preventative approaches are critical to achieving this.

Working alongside GIRFEC partners, a collaborative, whole-systems approach to early mental health support and intervention will, inevitably, place the school at the centre. Daily contact with their students provides opportunities for teachers, pupil support staff and school nurses to observe changes in a child’s mental health and wellbeing and spot the signs that a young person requires support.

Yet many school staff feel that they do not have sufficient training or expertise in mental health to allow them to fully carry out their role in providing young people with effective support and guidance. Responses to pupils experiencing mental health problems are often based on instinct or experience of what appeared to be effective in previous cases. As the emphasis shifts toward early intervention and prevention, there is an increasing need to share ideas, experiences and good practice and identify effective models of service delivery – within schools and between schools and wider integrated children’s services.

AGENDA

08:45-09:20
Registration and arrival refreshments

09:20-09:30
Chair’s Welcome Address
David Cameron, Educational Consultant

Session One – Your views and experiences

09:30-11:00
Inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland
The Public Petitions Committee

Over the past year, the Public Petitions Committee has been running an inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland. The inquiry aims to understand and suggest improvements on how young people feeling low and/or anxious can get the advice and support they need, particularly for the first time.

Since the inquiry was launched, a high volume of written evidence has been received from a wide range of stakeholders including young people, service providers, professionals working within the field of mental health and other organisations with an interest in the inquiry. Following an in-depth review, the Committee has agreed to arrange a series of external visits to hear more about some of the issues that were raised through this written evidence, first-hand.

One of these issues highlighted concerns around the current provision of mental health training available for teachers and other school staff. The purpose of this session is therefore to provide the Committee with an opportunity to speak directly with people working within the education sector to understand –

  • The extent to which teachers and other school staff feel ‘geared up’ to deal with supporting a young person feeling low and/or anxious;
  • What improvements need to be made to mental health training available for teachers and other school staff.

11:00-11:30
Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session Two – Data and trends in young people’s mental health and wellbeing

11:30-11:50
Key data and trends in young people’s mental health and wellbeing – Results from the latest HBSC survey
Dr Jo Inchley, International Coordinator of the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) study & Co-Principal Investigator of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow

11:50-12:00
Opportunities for questions and discussion

12:00-12:15
The Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network – supporting schools to use data to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of their pupils
Dawn Haughton, Network Manager of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow

12:15-12:45
Case studies
Case studies from two schools on how they are addressing mental health and wellbeing issues and how they have used the SHINE Health and Wellbeing data reports to help with their health action planning

  • Blairgowrie High School
    Andy Dingwall, Deputy Headteacher, Blairgowrie High School
  • Sandwood Primary School
    Fiona Donnelly, Headteacher, Sandwood Primary School

12:45-13:00
Opportunities for questions and discussion

13:00-13:55
Lunch and opportunities for networking

13:55-14:00
Chair’s Welcome Back

Session Three – Sharing good practice

14:00-15:30
Ideas Hub
Featuring a number of short ‘pitches’ by presenters showcasing approaches, resources or lesson plans around children and young people’s mental health that have been delivered in schools across Scotland.

  • Tackling Stigma
    Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me Scotland
  • Building Resilience Programme
    Pattie Santelices, Health & Wellbeing Team, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Using a nurturing approach to address the barriers to accessing education
    Linda Dickson, Project Worker, Barnardo’s Scotland & Amy Wilson, Falkirk Pathway Service, Barnardo’s Scotland

Roundtable discussions on the ideas and resources presented during pitches 1-3.

Question and Answer session

  • e-learning we all have mental health
    Joanne Aitken, Children & Young People Development Manager, SAMH
  • Signals: Beginning LGBT-Inclusive Education
    Jordan Daly, Co-founder, Time for Inclusive Education (TIE)
  • MIND your health and bee YOURSELF
    Nicola Ferguson, Depute Head Teacher, Doune Primary School; Sue Parsons, Class Teacher, Doune Primary School & Ashley Montgomery, Curriculum Leader – PE, McLaren High School

Roundtable discussions on the ideas and resources presented during pitches 4-6.

Question and Answer session

15:30
Chair’s Round-up and Closing Remarks

SPEAKERS
The Public Petitions Committee, Scottish Parliament
@SP_Petitions
Over the past year, the Public Petitions Committee has been running an inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland. The inquiry aims to understand and suggest improvements on how young people feeling low and/or anxious can get the advice and support they need, particularly for the first time.

Since the inquiry was launched, a high volume of written evidence has been received from a wide range of stakeholders including young people, service providers, professionals working within the field of mental health and other organisations with an interest in the inquiry. Following an in-depth review, the Committee has agreed to arrange a series of external visits to hear more about some of the issues that were raised through this written evidence, first-hand.

For more information, visit – https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/110078.aspx


Dr Jo Inchley, International Coordinator of the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) study & Co-Principal Investigator of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
@HBSCScotland
Jo is a behavioural scientist and public health researcher, specialising in child and adolescent health. Her research covers a wide range of topics including mental health, school health, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity, sleep, social media and alcohol use. She recently moved from the University of St Andrews to take up post as Reader at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Jo is elected International Coordinator of the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) WHO Collaborative Cross-national study, the largest study of adolescent health and wellbeing in Europe. She also leads the UK-wide Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) network and co-leads the Scottish Schools Health and Wellbeing Research Improvement Network (SHINE) which aims to support schools in addressing the mental health needs of young people.


Pattie Santelices, Health & Wellbeing Team, City of Edinburgh Council
@GCWellbeing
Pattie and her team co-ordinate, develop and deliver a range of programmes and training to promote mental health and wellbeing in children, young people, parents and staff across Edinburgh and the Lothians. These include Growing Confidence, Roots of Empathy, Building Resilience, 1 in 5 Child Poverty Work, Rights Respecting Schools, Turn Your Life Around and a range of parent and carer programmes. All the work is focused on inspiring pupils, staff and families of how they can make a difference to their own lives and those around them. For more information email growingconfidence@edinburgh.gov.uk


Joanne Aitken, Children & Young People Development Manager, SAMH
@SAMHtweets
Joanne Aitken is the Children and Young People Development Manager at SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). She leads a team who are responsible for the development and delivery of supports and services for children, young people and those around them, and which have early intervention and prevention at their core.


Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me
@seemescotland
Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People’s Manager for See Me. The national organisation for anti-stigma in Scotland. During her time at See Me Laura has led on the strategic coproduction and development of the Education and Young People programme bringing together young volunteers, actively involving and engaging them to lead the change they hope to see in the world.

Laura has spent 15 years leading and developing on children and young people programmes across the third sector, helping to tackle a number of equality issues and developing programmes to improve young people’s lives.

Contact Details: laura.sharpe@seemescotland.org


Dawn Haughton, Network Manager of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
@ScotlandShine
Dawn is the Manager of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) and has played a key role in the development of SHINE. The SHINE network aims to support schools in addressing their health and wellbeing needs, with a focus on mental health, by using a data-driven, systems-level approach to health improvement. Dawn has taken a lead responsibility for maximising the recruitment of schools who participated in the 2018 Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey to SHINE and facilitating their engagement with the Network. To manage the Network’s development, Dawn has built relationships with high level key health and education stakeholders during the critical period of the early development of the Network. The SHINE network is a pilot study, which is funded by the Medical Research Council Mental Health Data Pathfinder Award, led by Professor Daniel Smith.

Before joining the SHINE team, Dawn had a 25 year career in teaching, culminating in her final post as a Depute Headteacher in an all-through school for 3 to 18 year old students. In this role, she had responsibility for whole-school pastoral care, safeguarding and Child Protection. Dawn was a member of the Stirlingshire Regional Child Protection Sub Committee for Independent Schools & the Third Sector and represented the Scottish Guidance Association in Nov 2017 as part of a multi-agency GIRFEC focus group discussion with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister. As a keen advocate for supporting the personal development of young people, Dawn led her school’s successful bids for membership of the international schools’ network, Round Square, enabling pupils to participate in international conferences to share ideas and action for positive change alongside young people from around the world.

Dawn’s key professional interests are bringing people and organisations together to facilitate improvements in young people’s health and wellbeing, by providing schools with up-to-date, local data and an infrastructure to share good practice.


Andy Dingwall, Deputy Headteacher, Blairgowrie High School
@BlairgowrieHS
Andy Dingwall has been Depute Head with responsibility for Pupil and Staff Support at Blairgowrie High School since 2015. He has recently led the development of the Eastern Perthshire Schools and Community Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-24. Launched in February, this has brought together schools and community partners to work together toward common goals for local wellbeing. Utilising a range of research and data, Blairgowrie HS, along with their partners, have created ambitious plans for improving mental wellbeing and resilience, physical health and diet, sleep and to improve communication and engagement around health and wellbeing.

Having taught at schools in the Aberdeen area and led a department at Grove Academy, Andy has gained a range of experience in planning and leading improvements for children and young people through secondments with Education Scotland and Dundee City Council as well in his previous role as DHT at Montrose Academy.


Nicola Ferguson, Depute Head Teacher, Doune Primary School; Sue Parsons, Class Teacher, Doune Primary School & Ashley Montgomery, Curriculum Leader – PE, McLaren High School
@DounePS @McLarenHigh
We work together in the McLaren Learning Community, and, with our senior pupils, saw an opportunity for them to share their skills, knowledge and experiences in relation to mental health with younger pupils. McLaren had already embarked on their mental health journey by training staff and pupils to be mental health first aiders therefore raising the profile of mental health within the school community. An obvious opportunity arose to cascade the practice within the primary school setting.

Our schools work collaboratively to develop an innovative mental health programme, facilitated by staff but led by senior pupils from McLaren High School. Our programme of Mind Your Health and Bee Yourself was created in August 2018, following a successful application for funding from The Year of the Young Person National Lottery.

This provided the SQA Leadership candidates with an opportunity to develop their planning, presentation and delivery skills, linking effectively to developing the young workforce. The project began with the children learning about the differences between mental health and mental illness and they learning about different strategies to maintain positive mental health. The project is individual and fluid, reflecting the needs of the young people, both as leaders and learners. This led our project to grow organically resulting in equality being identified as an area to explore with the primary pupils. Our project culminated in sharing the learning through an Equali-tea party in April 2019 where pupils showcased their knowledge of equality particularly in relation to LGBTI to parents and invited guests. Our project continues to go from strength to strength with a new launch in October 2019 where parents and guests will be challenged to overcome their prejudice.


Jordan Daly, Co-founder, Time for Inclusive Education (TIE)
@tiecampaign
Jordan Daly is a co-founder of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), a Scottish charity which has successfully campaigned for LGBT-inclusive education.

TIE believe that LGBT history, role models and equalities should be taught within schools in order to tackle prejudice and bullying, and lobby and deliver services to achieve this. They have reached over 25,000 young people with their LGBT and Allies school services, increasing understanding and awareness.

In 2017, the Scottish Parliament endorsed TIE’s proposals for LGBT themes to be taught in schools by majority, and the Scottish Government began to work with the charity to develop policy recommendations.

In 2018, these were accepted in full and Scotland became the first country in the world to adopt LGBT-inclusive education – which will be implemented in all public schools by 2021. This means that young people will learn about the LGBT community’s contributions to our society, the history of the LGBT equalities movement, and the impact of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.


Fiona Donnelly, Headteacher, Sandwood Primary School
@Sandwood120
Fiona Donnelly has been Head Teacher at Sandwood Primary School & Language and Communication Resource since 2013.
In a previous role as Depute Head Teacher following the development of a whole school comprehensive HWB programme, Fiona was invited to be in a HWB working party with Education Scotland and helped to develop Glasgow City Council Health and Wellbeing toolkit.

Fiona delivers Child Protection seminars to Glasgow University education students.

GIRFEC is paramount at Sandwood for each child to reach their potential.

Nurture forms an integral part to the life of Sandwood and high priority is given to Nurturing approaches to ensure that this is the responsibility of all staff throughout the school.

The school has had a Significant focus on inclusive approaches in the past 5 years in response to the rising number of pupils with Additional Support Needs and Adverse Childhood Experiences. The school created their own bespoke additional learning provision to support pupils. The school gained great recognition for their approaches within the community swelling the role from 209 to 343.

Training is essential for the staff at Sandwood to continue to meet ever-changing pupil needs. Fiona was also responsible for organising and bringing together the Learning Community to take part in training opportunities e.g. Restorative Approaches training, Nurture and All Behaviour is Communication.

Following the introduction of Pupil Equity Fund, the school’s priority on Health and Wellbeing continued with the employment of a Quarriers worker, providing guidance on site 2 days a week , healthy family cooking programmes, paying to include families in wider experiences and additional after school clubs.

The school continues to be creative and responsive to the HWB needs for all our school community and welcomed the opportunity to be involved with SHINE.


Linda Dickson, Project Worker, Barnardo’s Scotland
@BarnardosScot
Linda Dickson has been a Project Worker with Barnardo’s for 18 years. Her original career was in primary teaching, before she had her 2 now-adult sons. In addition to various mental health / emotional well-being training courses accessed through Barnardo’s, she has some post-grad training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

Together with colleague Nicole Hanlon-Reid, Linda co-created “Connect Chill Chat”, a 4-part course to share knowledge of Neuroscience, ACEs, Trauma and Loss and the value of connected relationships, with parents and carers of teenagers, for teenagers themselves and for those around them. She has adapted this for use in Primary Schools. It is also being adapted for use in Secondary Schools. She has been invited to make a brief presentation on this at the next PEF practitioners’ Forum.


Amy Wilson, Falkirk Pathway Service, Barnardo’s Scotland
@BarnardosScot
Amy has worked for Barnardos Falkirk Pathway Service for over a year with a primary focus on pupil attainment and working between three schools. Her role has adapted to meet the needs of individual school and pupil needs and focused work ranges from supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils in addition to offering family support and home-link partnership in relation to poor attendance and school exclusion.

Amy has worked to support schools with the implementation of trauma-informed practice along with Barnardos policy team on the development of a trauma-informed practice within schools ‘tips and hints’ booklet. Amy has also supported pupils to attend ‘Strong Voices’ – an event led by Barnardos in partnership with the Youth Commission on mental health and wellbeing for young people which has given young people the opportunity to attend the Scottish Parliament and share their views with the Public Petitions Committee.


David Cameron, Educational Consultant (Conference Chair)
@realdcameron
Since he last chaired a conference for us, David Cameron has continued to establish himself as a leading voice in education and training. Building on his extensive experience as a teacher, a senior manager in schools and in local authorities, most recently as Director of Children’s Services for Stirling Council, he has been much in demand across the UK and internationally as a presenter and chair.

David has worked with Skills Development Scotland as Head of Career Management Skills, was closely involved in developing Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan, was a driving force in the Emporium for Dangerous Ideas, and is currently involved in a wide range of projects. He does like to be busy!

He can be contacted at therealdavidcameron@gmail.com


Exhibiting at our annual ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools’ conference can be an effective way to promote your work in this area, engage in discussions around shared experiences and good practice and meet with attendees from a variety of backgrounds and roles.

There are 10 exhibitor spaces available at the conference. We don’t offer set packages, instead we seek to understand what your aims and priorities are and then look to develop a bespoke set of promotional opportunities that best fit your needs.

INTERESTED? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. CONTACT LAUREN AT…

email: lblair@policyhubscotland.co.uk

tel: 0131 344 4611

OUR EXHIBITORS

Scottish Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE)
@ScotlandShine
Researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews have established a Scottish Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) with 104 Scottish schools recruited, so far. The SHINE network supports schools in addressing their health and wellbeing needs, with a focus on mental health, by providing school-level health and wellbeing data reports to facilitate the identification of improvement planning priorities and the sharing of good practice across school communities, as well as the wider network. SHINE is part-funded by the MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder (www.gla.ac.uk/shine).
Barnardo’s Scotland
@BarnardosScot
As the UK’s largest children’s charity, we work with over 16,300 children, young people and their families every year, in over 140 community-based services across Scotland. The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is a core priority for us, as set out in our 10 year corporate strategy.

We believe in children – in enhancing protective factors around them and intervening early to prevent developmental trauma and childhood adversity, and the subsequent negative impacts, which are closely linked to the emergence of mental health and wellbeing needs in later life. Our services support children, young people and families across an ecological model. This means there are services that support mental health and wellbeing in each of the environments (family, schools, and community) that affect how a child grows and develops. Our approach is based on an understanding of the importance of relationships and connections, and focuses on building relationships in order to develop a ‘whole-system approach’, with shared responsibility for improving mental health and wellbeing across wider society.

Place2Be
@Place2BeScot
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing universal and targeted school-based mental health support to over 280 schools throughout Britain. Place2Be has had a presence in Scotland for the last 15 years and is currently working in schools across Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire reaching a population of over 13,000 children and young people. Our in-depth training programmes improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff and includes our SCEL Endorsed Mental Health Champions training.

https://www.place2be.org.uk/what-we-do/where-we-work/our-work-in-scotland/

SAMH
@SAMHtweets
SAMH has a number of school and college-based projects called Connect and College Connect. These aim to build capacity amongst school/college staff, parents/carers and the wider community to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

In April 2019, SAMH launched an eLearning programme “We All Have Mental Health”. It aims to equip teachers and others with knowledge and skills to feel more confident in recognising and responding to a child or young person who presents with a mental health problem. At the “Ideas Hub” we shall be introducing delegates to some of our Connect and College Connect staff, as well as providing a brief introduction to this eLearning programme.

Scottish Book Trust
@scottishbktrust
Scottish Book Trust is an independent national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. A love of reading inspires creativity, improves employment opportunities, mental health and wellbeing, and is one of the most effective ways to break the poverty cycle. We work towards a Scotland where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive through literacy.

We want to support you to create a vibrant reading culture in your classroom and school. A vibrant sustainable reading culture is proven to help improve health and wellbeing, attainment and creativity and across the curriculum. For more information on the Book Trust, visit – scottishbooktrust.com

The Carnegie Centre for Excellence in Mental Health in Schools
@SchoolMHealth @SchoolMHAward
The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK’s education system, thereby improving outcomes and life chances. This initiative is focused on evidence-based solutions which address schools’, pupils and parents/carers needs; and brings together a professional community of school mental health experts; and leading innovation within the area.

In October 2017 the School Mental Health Award was launched, this evidence based competency framework supports Schools, Boarding Schools and Further Education colleges to develop a Whole Approach to Mental Health, evaluating schools current mental health practices, identifying and strengthening gaps and working towards building an emotionally healthier environment for both students and staff. Over 600+ schools and colleges are working towards the award both nationally and internationally.

We have a suite of Professional Learning Programmes to meet the needs of all staff members of a school community including –

  • Developing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health in Schools Workshop
  • Essential Mental Health Skills for Schools
  • Middle Leadership Programme for School Mental Health Leads
  • Leadership Development Programme for School Mental Health Leads
  • PGDip and Masters in Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing (Distance Learning)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Governor

We will also in November 2019 be launching the Professional Association for School Mental Health Leads and the National Hub for Supervision in Education.

Team Mental Health
@GoTeamMH
Team Mental Health was founded by two medical doctors who specialised to become consultant psychiatrists. Dr Libby Artingstall and Dr Sile McDaid are passionate about using their knowledge, clinical experience, lived experience and the evidence-base to make a meaningful difference across schools and our wider communities. They know that preventing mental ill health and promoting good mental health matters just as much as identifying those experiencing difficulties and accessing professional support.

Team Mental Health believe that simple, accessible approaches are often the most effective and have developed a range of online and face-to-face services designed to support schools embed a whole organisation approach to mental health and wellbeing.

If you’re looking for ways to ….

  • Align the mental and physical health of staff and pupils
  • Increase knowledge, skills and awareness around mental health
  • Prevent mental ill health
  • Promote good mental health
  • Define a meaningful mental health strategy to support everyone in your school thrive

…please come and talk to us!

Emotion Works
@EmotionWorksCIC
Emotion Works is an educational programme and an organisation that puts learning at the heart of emotional health and well-being.

Developed by teacher, curriculum designer and educational consultant Claire Murray, with contributions and feedback from teachers, early years practitioners, and additional support staff, Emotion Works supports practitioners to deliver emotional learning and literacy experiences linked to Curriculum for Excellence. We offer training, high quality resources, web based support and a growing online community.

Emotion Works is ‘home grown’ in Scotland so is closely aligned to the Scottish Curriculum and related policies such as ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ (GIRFEC) and the Scottish Attainment Challenge. There is a strong overlap with other agendas and initiatives concerned with learning and wellbeing such as the inclusion agenda and the ACEs awareness movement.

Emotion Works operates as a social enterprise, providing high quality goods and services in cost-effective and creative ways, as well as building community and capacity for those with an interest in working towards emotional education and well being for all.

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Available to all attendees from schools


VENUE
EICC,
The Exchange,
Edinburgh,
EH3 8EE,
Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)131 300 3000
www.eicc.co.uk

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DIRECTIONS

By Train
The closest stop to the EICC is Haymarket Station, just a 5-10 minute walk away. When exiting Haymarket Station head right (east), towards the pedestrian crossing at the Haymarket junction. Walk straight up Morrison Street for a few minutes and you will find the EICC on the left hand side.

By Tram
Edinburgh Trams run between the Airport and York Place every 8-10 minutes. The closest tram stop to the EICC is at Haymarket Station. At the Haymarket stop head towards the pedestrian crossing at the Haymarket junction. Walk straight up Morrison Street for a few minutes and you will find the EICC on the left hand side.

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Previous Years

This is the fourth year of our annual ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools’ conference. All three previous conferences have sold-out with weeks to spare, attracting a total of almost 500 delegates from across the education, health, care, social work and third sectors – with just under two-thirds of attendees being representatives from schools across Scotland.
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The 2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference: Sharing ideas, experiences and good practice (Wednesday 07 November 2018)https://policyhubscotland.co.uk/events/2018-mental-health-in-schools-conference/

The 2017 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference: Getting mental health right for every child (Friday 28 April 2017)www.policyhubscotland.co.uk/events/2017-mental-health-in-schools-conference/

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools – The role of the school in working toward a healthier Scotland (Thursday 02 June 2016)www.policyhubscotland.co.uk/events/mental-health-in-schools-conference/

The audience

Previous years have attracted attendees from a variety of backgrounds and roles, including:

  • Assistant Director (Children & Families)
  • CAMHS Development Officer
  • Counsellor in School Health
  • CYP Programme Officer
  • Depute Headteacher
  • Education Officer
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Head of Guidance
  • Head of Curriculum, Learning & Teaching
  • Headteacher
  • Health Improvement Officer (Schools)
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Visitor
  • Lead Counsellor, Children & Young People
  • Lead School Nurse
  • Looked After Children Nurse
  • Primary Care Mental Health Nurse
  • Principal Clinical Psychologist
  • Principal Teacher, Pupil Support
  • Quality Improvement Officer
  • School & Learning Support Officer
  • School Mental Health Practitioner
  • School Nursing Development Manager
  • Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing
  • Senior Educational Psychologist
  • Senior Lead Officer (Children & Young People’s Services)
  • Service Manager, Children & Families
  • Youth Project Manager

Speakers

The events also featured a range of expert speakers, some of whom are listed below –

  • Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing, Education Scotland
  • Billy Watson, Chief Executive, SAMH
  • Dr Julia Egan, Professional Adviser for Public Health, Early Years and Childrens Services, Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government
  • Dharshi Santhakumaran, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland; Lead for the performance audit on children and young people’s mental health
  • Pattie Santelices, Principal Officer (Mental Health & Wellbeing), City of Edinburgh Council
  • Barry Syme, Chair of The Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists and Principal Educational Psychologist (Glasgow South) at Glasgow City Council
  • Pam Steel, Teacher, Wallace High School & SAMH Education Development Officer
  • Bernadette Cairns, Head of Additional Support Services, Highland Council
  • Brian Donnelly, Director, respectme
  • Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me
  • Kate Hunter, Team Leader – Health Visiting & School Nursing Team, NHS Grampian
  • Anne Connor, Head of S6, George Heriot’s School
  • Jane Messer, Educational Psychologist, Fife Council
  • Jonathan Wood, National Manager, Place2be Scotland
  • Kenny Graham, Head of Education, Falkland House School
  • Karen Richmond, Depute Head, South Morningside Primary School
  • Kirsty McCahill MSYP, Equalities Committee Convener, Scottish Youth Parliament

What delegates said…

The delegate feedback received for our Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools conferences has been overwhelmingly positive. Delegates have awarded the conferences a combined overall performance score of 93/100
performance score - 93

Past delegate comments included –

Excellent conference – very informative and lots of good resources and learning aids available. Thank you.

Project Manager, NHS Tayside

Enjoyed the informal atmosphere of the conference. Excellent speakers. Venue (COSLA Conference Centre) excellent for delegates travelling from further North.

Depute Rector, Aberdeenshire Council

A very well organised event with excellent speakers – clear, concise, humerous, well informed and realistic!

Principal Teacher Pastoral Support, Falkirk Council

Brilliant day. Interesting line-up of presentations relevant to my organisation and topics which aligned with my own research. Lots of food for thought!

Director, Edinburgh-based Social Enterprise

Excellent buzz in the room, excellent question and answer sessions following excellent presentations. Also excellent chairing by Billy Watson.

Depute Head Teacher, Moray Council

This event was extremely insightful and helpful to my practice

Principal Teacher Pupil Support, South Lanarkshire Council