With funding from The Lord Mayor’s Appeal Place2Be will be working with 180 London schools through their Mental Health Champions School Leader Programme. This programme aims to support and equip school leaders to develop and implement a whole-school approach to mental health. With 83% of school staff stating that they have seen an increase in the number of pupils with mental health problems over the past two years (National Education Survey, 2019), promoting good mental health is everyone’s business – from headteachers and school leavers, to teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors.
Place2Be’s expert training helps to build confidence and expertise, providing leaders with practical skills to improve their work with pupils and families. Held across two terms, course participants work in groups with other school leaders and are supported by clinicians to develop and implement and action plan to create mentally healthy schools.
So far 168 School Leaders from 84 London schools have completed the programme thanks to The Lord Mayor's Appeal. The initially feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, as these quotes demonstrate:
'It is very helpful for giving you the time to think, discuss and plan for developing a mental health strategy within your school. Once being implemented it is instantly clear the huge difference it makes to the children and staff.' Headteacher
'I have already told so many people about the training! Personally as a leader it gave me an opportunity to be with others who wanted to share and improve mental health awareness and practice. It also gave myself and my colleague the opportunity to focus and dedicate our own improvement plans and encouraged us to think of more ideas and strategies.' Headteacher
Place2Be have a further 73 schools participating from September 2019.