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May 09th 2019

Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Essential Toolkit for Schools

The start of the Summer Term saw Cobham Hall take an exciting leap forward with their Wellbeing initiatives, by hosting a Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference.  Entitled ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Essential Toolkit for Schools’, the conference was attended by delegates from approximately 20 local state and independent Primary and Secondary Schools.

Speakers included Professor Jonathan Glazzard, who currently leads on leads on research for The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, and Andrew Hampton of Girls on Board, an initiative shortlisted for a TES Wellbeing Award.  Additionally, delegates also heard from experts in the field Nina Jackson, Mike Armiger, Jenny Langley, Vicki and Richard Kipling, Tracy Shand, Francesca Geens and Kimberley Evans.

The conference covered a wealth of key topics, with a key aspect highlighting that not only is it important to understand pupil mental health and wellbeing, but that it was equally important to maintain and promote wellbeing for staff. Attendees went home full of ideas to implement and things to think about.

This was the School’s latest step in sharing and promoting best practice ideas amongst the wider community, following the creation of a regional network of more than 30 local schools. The network meets regularly and a ‘Buddy Scheme’ provides additional support between meetings.

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