Improving mental health support in schools

To support teachers and pupils The Capital Learning Schools cluster held a conference to help improve mental health support within Sefton schools. 

More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests. 

Just one in 10 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they felt they had the necessary training to feel confident about what action to take when a child was experiencing a mental health problem, compared with 54% who disagreed. 

National campaigner Natasha Devon and educational psychologist Simon Ward spoke at the event about the importance of good mental health, for pupils, staff and parents.  40 schools have signed up to progress the project with further training and joint learning to be implemented within schools.

Becky Woods, Headteacher St Nicholas Primary School, said:

“Staff at schools are facing unprecedented workloads at the same time that our pupils at both primary and secondary schools are also under growing pressure to achieve.

“School leaders have a duty and an interest in keeping the minds of teachers and other staff healthy and strong. Staff are a school’s most precious resource.

“Similarly, good mental health and wellbeing for pupils will lead to better results and happier school days.

“To help achieve this it is important for schools to find time to teach critical thinking skills and to focus on ‘creative’ subjects that are often squeezed out of the timetable.

“Our conference was the start of a project, led by CAPITAL Teaching School Alliance and inspired by our speakers, which will allow schools to explore ways to promote positive mental health.

“I am thrilled that more than 40 Sefton schools have signed up to the project.”

The 30 Days of Sefton In Mind Campaign aims to encourage people to talk about how they feel and make use of the many activities in Sefton. #SeftonInMind

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