This year, Cobham Hall will be hosting a Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference. More details of this event can be found below:

Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Essential Toolkit for Schools

Wednesday, 8th May 2019

Through a series of keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and case studies, the conference offers a practical approach to mental health and wellbeing in schools. By hearing from a variety of experts in their field, the conference aims to equip you with ideas and techniques to enhance wellbeing in your school.

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Our Speakers:

Professor Glazzard - Carnegie School of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Professor Jonathan GlazzardProfessor Glazzard - Carnegie School of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Professor Jonathan Glazzard currently leads on research in The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. Prior to his appointment at Leeds Beckett University Jonathan led Initial Teacher Education programmes in the primary phase at the University of Huddersfield from 2005-15. In 2015 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for recognition of his contribution to learning and teaching in higher education. From 2015-17 Jonathan worked at Leeds Trinity University in a cross-institutional role which required him to lead innovations in learning, teaching and assessment. In 2016 he was awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for his strategic contribution to learning and teaching.

Mike Armiger - Strategic Mental Health and Education Adviser

Mike ArmigerMike Armiger - Strategic Mental Health and Education Adviser

Mike is a specialist in the field of safeguarding, behaviour, looked after children and young people affected by trauma and mental health issues. After working within children’s services, police teams (specifically in sexual crime) and with vast experience as a foster carer, his understanding and knowledge of how these children work is embedded within his training and daily work.

Mike previous roles within education include; Head teacher of specialist provisions, mainstream primary/secondary teacher, residential & SEN leadership roles and many advisory roles within local authorities.

For many years Mike has been targeted for his skills of rehabilitating children back into education and advising on their care. Part of his role with local authorities and other organisations has been to assist research into therapeutic input for young people affected by trauma, develop training for social workers, psychologists & health professionals around mental health and work with foster carers. Mike has written many training resources and schemes of work for organisations in Canada, Spain and other areas.

Mental Health is a passion of Mike’s and as well as actively campaigning for reform, he regularly organises and speaks at events focusing on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. As part of a new agenda for early intervention in Wales, Mike is currently working on new projects directed at keeping children mentally well.

In a previous life Mike coached rugby at university, regional and national age grade level. As part of his commitment to mental Health, he often trains coaches and sporting organisations in mental health awareness.

Mike still teaches weekly and works in particular with young people that have been out of education for considerable periods of time and is currently trying to find time to write a book.

Nina Jackson - International Education Consultant

Nina Jackson ColourNina Jackson - International Education Consultant

Education is a world of very special people but you will meet few as special as Nina ‘Ninja’ Jackson. With a background in mainstream and special needs education and many years’ experience as a pedagogical and pastoral champion, Nina has a breath-taking grasp of what makes classrooms - and all the people in them - tick.

She is a highly creative educator and trainer as well as an Apple teacher and works globally to help teachers embrace learning technology, including those working in a SEND environment. Yet it is her work as an international emotional health and wellbeing ‘ambassador’ for which she is currently most in demand. Whether it’s receiving standing ovations from audiences of school leaders or working with children in their classrooms, Nina brings warmth, humanity, honesty and fun to every environment, making a truly lasting impression wherever she goes.

She is an Associate Director with Independent Thinking and works across the UK as well as in challenging environments in places such as Ghana, Chile and the Middle East. Her latest best-selling book, Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons: A Compendium of Careful Advice for Teachers, has helped put the ‘fizz’ back into classrooms for thousands of teachers.

Clare Erasmus - Head of Faculty for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Brighton Hill Community School

Clare ErasmusClare Erasmus - Head of Faculty for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Brighton Hill Community School

Clare is a secondary school teacher at Brighton Hill community school, who is widely recognized for helping spearhead mental health and wellbeing strategies in schools.  In 2015 she was one of the first in the country to be appointed in the pastoral role as The Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing for a large comprehensive secondary school in Surrey. She was also announced as the runner up for the 2015/16 Community Champion Award. The Community Education Awards recognized Clare for making an outstanding contribution to helping children become positive community members. Clare delivered in April a TEDXNorwhichED talk with her daughter, Rosie, on the concept behind the values for  #FamilyMH5aday.

Andrew Hampton - Girls on Board

Andrew HamptonAndrew Hampton - Girls on Board

Girls on Board is an approach which helps girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The language, methods and ideas empower girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can.

Developed by Andrew Hampton Headteacher of Thorpe Hall School in Essex and recognised for excellence and innovation at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Annual Awards last year.

Additional Speakers

Tracy Shand - Boardingology 

Caro Fenice - Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, Cobham Hall School 

Hope Virgo - Author and Mental Health Advocate 

Ruth Fox - Author and Mental Health Advocate 

Kimberley Evans - Nourish the Workplace 

Jenny Langley - Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor

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