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

Mental Health in schools

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2019

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE (EICC), CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

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!

Our exhibitors

Speakers

The Public Petitions Committee

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

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, Sue Parsons & Ashley Montgomery

Doune Primary School & McLaren High School

Jordan Daly

Co-founder, Time for Inclusive Education (TIE)

Fiona Donnelly

Headteacher, Sandwood Primary School

Linda Dickson

Project Worker, Barnardo’s Scotland

Amy Wilson

Falkirk Pathway Service, Barnardo’s Scotland

David Cameron

Educational Consultant (Conference Chair)

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
Featuring: Johann Lamont MSP, Convener; Gail Ross MSP, Deputy Convener; Maurice Corry MSP, Member; David Torrance MSP, Member & Brian Whittle MSP, Member, Public Petitions Committee, Scottish Parliament

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     SHINE case studies

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

Venue

Hosted by

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

t: 0131 300 3000

www.eicc.co.uk