This course will look at the rationale behind providing mental health education to young people in schools, and how to incorporate it into the PSHE and wider curriculum.  More specifically the course covers recommendations, teaching methods, useful resources, deciding what to teach, and ensuring both staff and students are safeguarded when teaching about sensitive topics.


  • Improved teacher confidence in teaching topics that can often be sensitive/ upsetting for some people
  • Providing students with proactive information and the tools to self-manage symptoms before they escalate
  • Demonstrates school’s commitment to the wellbeing of staff and students
  • Supports the principles of the Personal Development strand on the new Ofsted framework
  • PSHE Co-ordinators

  • PSHE teachers

  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


Session 1
An introduction into the importance of teaching about mental health

  • Guidelines for safe discussion- ground rules set to ensure all delegates are comfortable
  • The new Ofsted framework and what is expected
  • The impact of teaching about mental health and the impact this can have on overall wellbeing, as well as attendance, behaviour and academic achievement

Session 2
What to include in your mental health provision

  • Using research, pupil voice and surveys to decide what to teach students about.
  • Designing a PSHE curriculum which includes mental health
  • How to determine the issues that are most important in your school

Session 3
Guidance on how to incorporate mental health into the curriculum

  • How to implement content
  • Training staff
  • Assemblies, drop down days and enrichment events
  • Schemes of work and how to design/ embed these into the PSHE curriculum

Session 4
How to build mental health into the wider curriculum

  • Looking at cross curricular links and how mental health can be embedded in different subjects
  • Encouraging a whole school approach so mental health can be embedded consistently
  • Role modeling and encouraging positive mental health

Session 5
Safeguarding staff and students when delivering sensitive topics

  • Tips for ensuring staff feel confident delivering the content required
  • Setting class ground rules
  • Informing parents of the content of lessons
  • Providing safe spaces and sources of further support for students.

Sarah Powell

Sarah has been teaching for over 10 years, and is the Director of Health & Wellbeing and member of the Senior Leadership Team at Flixton Girls School.  She graduated from The University of Salford with an Undergraduate degree in Sports Rehabilitation and then completed a PGCE and Masters degree in teaching and Learning at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She then went on to become a Certified NLP Practitioner and Coach and achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  She is also a Mental Health First Aid Champion.

Sarah has led health and wellbeing at FGS for the past 3 years and in March 2019 they achieved a National Wellbeing Award and were selected to be a case study school to showcase and share good practice.