This course seeks to empower you with the facts and knowledge as well as reflecting on practical strategies and considerations for the new academic year in relation to the Mental Health support that will likely be required by young people and education staff alike.

Given the ever-evolving canvas of COVID-19, this course will consider the impact that the pandemic has had on students. Now more than ever, we must prioritise Mental Health as early research findings suggest that those who already were experiencing a Mental Health condition found that the pandemic exacerbated their symptoms, or in some cases led to worsening of their conditions, or the onset of new conditions. Equally, we are also seeing more young people also experiencing Mental Health challenges than ever before.


  • Gain a wider understanding of contemporary Mental Health challenges for students
  • Explore how to support teachers with regards to Mental Health education
  • Develop knowledge of strategies to enhance Mental Health awareness
  • Pre-emptive tactics to maximise student progression in 2021/22
  • Take away suggestions supported by research of working towards resilience and coping within students
COURSE DATES London | Friday 19th October 2021
  • Mental Health Leads/ Safeguarding stafF
  • Teachers
  • Personal Tutors/Heads of Year
  • Support Staff
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an in-school course


Key issues & challenges surrounding student mental health 2021/22

10.00 – 11.00am

  • Key issues & challenges surrounding student mental health 2021/22
  • Anticipating the escalation of previously diagnosed Mental Health conditions brought on by lock-down
  • The effect of zero socialisation on students – lack of communication, exposure to peer group and companionship
  • Which are the key manifestations of poor mental health in students – heightened Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Depression and the rising numbers of self-harming?
  • The current picture and what the emerging research suggests about the academic year ahead from a mental health perspective
  • Defining the urgent priorities of Mental Health Leads both new and established

Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 11.15am

Practical strategies – setting students up for success!

11.15 – 12.30am

  • Targeting the appropriate strategy for the identified mental health need
  • Minimising the academic damage of prolonged isolation
  • Buffering against the adverse effects of lock-down on student mental health l Preparing for the outcomes of delayed socialisation on student behaviours

Lunch and informal discussion

12.30 – 1.30pm

Creating an integrated whole-school approach to Mental Health

1.30 – 2.30pm

  • Why separating the pastoral from the academic doesn’t work
  • Developing and implementing a systemic mental health provision
  • Fostering a culture and ethos of support and non-judgement from the top down
  • Understanding the importance of working towards an environment of open communication which supports students being able to discuss their feelings and needs
  • Staying abreast of continuing developments in Mental Health awareness

Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 2.45pm

The Mental Health of Marginalised Groups

2.45 – 3.15pm

  • Consider the key areas of change we have seen across the UK with regards to student Mental Health
  • What we can do to support education staff with their own Mental Health during what has been an unpredictable time
  • Investing in Mental Health education and awareness for all staff
  • Rallying staff to contribute to a whole-school approach towards Mental Health l Techniques for embedding Mental Health support in Pedagogy

Preparing to teach those badly affected by covid

3.15 – 4.00pm

  • Consider the specific aspects of mental health which have been particularly heightened with regards to ethnicity, SEND and social class
  • What support have we put in place for those who may well have been more effected by Covid-19
  • Pre-emptive strategies for students with support plans
  • Collaborating with school counsellors and the wider safeguarding tea
  • Supporting students who have experienced domestic upheaval

Jessica Parker

is an international education consultant and Mental Health champion with a background in both Psychology and Education. She has delivered training around the world on a number of Mental Health and Safeguarding topics. Jessica has also worked on a number of government projects and programmes including those ran by the Department for Education around improving mental health in children and young people.