Improving Pupil Mental Health & Wellbeing: The Role of Schools

Confirmed Speakers

  • Anna Cole, Parliamentary & Inclusion Specialist, Association of School & College Leaders
  • Dr Cyra Neave, Senior Clinician – Schools Outreach Service, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
  • Celina Grant, Emotional Well-being Consultant & Former CAMHS Manager
  • Sharon Gray OBE, Former Head Teacher & Director, Wholehearted Learning Education Consultancy
  • Amanda Aplicano, Inclusion Lead for SEMH, Primrose Hill Primary School
  • Ceri Walker & Ceely Maxwell, Stanley School (Wirral)
  • (Chair) Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Educator & Vice Chair, Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition


The Government recognises that more needs to be done to improve children & young people’s mental health provision but that teachers are not medical professionals and cannot act as such. Consequently, it is prioritising three main reforms:

  • Incentivising and supporting all schools to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for mental health
  • Funding new Mental Health Support Teams
  • Piloting a four week waiting time for access to specialist NHS children and young people’s mental health services


The Government has estimated "that at full roll-out, the brand new Mental Health Support Teams comprise up to 8,000 new staff”. With evidence suggesting school referrals to Child & Adolescent Health Services have recently increased by a third, and high concern among teachers about long waiting times and high thresholds for accessing services, schools will be hoping these policies have a significant impact.

Join Westminster Briefing on Wednesday 30 January 2019 for an up to date brief on the role of schools in improving pupil mental health and wellbeing. We will examine how schools can better identify, refer and support pupils experiencing mental health difficulties, discuss how best to embed mental wellbeing into a whole school approach, and interrogate government actions to improve specialist provision. 

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Different staff roles & responsibilities: appointing a properly trained ‘Designated Senior Lead’
  • Making sure staff are aware of the signs of mental health problems and know what to do when they see them
  • Developing proper procedures: when to make a referral to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • The role of new ‘Mental Health Support Teams’: how they will link with schools and timescales for roll out
  • Improving in-school support for pupils who do not meet CAMHS thresholds and those with more serious mental health problems 
  • Embedding a ‘whole school approach’: what this really means, characteristics of good ones, and how to develop your own
  • Preventative activities to promote mental wellbeing
  • Mental wellbeing as part of a wider approach to pupil wellbeing
  • Understanding when mental health difficulties should be considered a disability and implementing reasonable adjustments

About the event:

The morning session will examine how schools can better identify, refer and support pupils experiencing mental health difficulties, the role of different staff in these processes, and the impact of government reforms.

The afternoon session will focus on what leading schools are already doing to promote mental wellbeing and embed it into a wider whole school approach.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in improving pupil mental health & wellbeing, including: designated mental health leads; school nurses & counsellors; PSHE leads; head/deputy/assistant headteachers; principles & chief executives; alternative education providers; pupil referral units; governors; LEAs; Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services; children’s & mental health charities; teaching unions; and representative groups.

Futher information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 30th January 2019

11:00am - 3:30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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