This full day course is designed for school leaders and staff with a responsibility for health and wellbeing in their school.  The programme focuses on the context of mental health in children and young people, as well as that of teachers and support staff, and the impact of poor mental health on the quality of teaching and learning in a school.

The programme is aimed for experienced staff, working on current programmes and looking for specific techniques and methods which work to enhance mental health and well being across the school.  based and throughout the day there will be tried and tested approaches and specific focuses to drive emotional wellbeing forward in your school and achieve a positive, healthy, confident emotionally healthy culture.

The programme is designed also for those looking for INSET in-school on this theme, either for whole school staff, or for smaller groups ( to discuss further, please call Keynote on 01625 532974).

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The context of emotional health and wellbeing in schools for both staff and students
  • How to develop a positive whole school culture
  • Why adopting a whole school approach to positive emotional health is crucial, including the impact on staff absence and productivity, and pupil behaviour and attainment.
  • Setting up a staff and student working party
  • Conducting a baseline assessment of current provision and forming a whole school action plan
  • How to complete workplace wellbeing audits
  • Utilising assessment and measurement tools
  • How to set up and develop appropriate systems for monitoring, reporting, tracking & measuring impact
  • We will also look at tried and tested ideas based on research and current practice


  • Gain a valuable insight into the pertinent issue of emotional wellbeing in schools, and how taking a positive approach to this can reduce staff absence and improve attainment for students.
  • Learn how to develop robust tracking and monitoring systems which enable you to collect wellbeing related data about students so you can tailor future provision accordingly.
  • Learn how to complete a baseline audit of your current provision before utilising the findings to produce a whole school action plan.
  • Develop an understanding of how to set up systems and processes which will enable you to measure the impact of the provision you put in place.
  • Gain more confidence in supporting colleagues and students with issues relating to their emotional health and wellbeing
  • Headteachers and Principals
  • Healthy School Leads
  • Pastoral Care Leads and their teams
  • Health and Wellbeing Leads
  • PHSE leads
  • Inclusion Managers
  • HR Managers
  • Mental Health Champions
  • Mental Health Leads
  • SEND Professionals
  • Directors/Heads of Safeguarding and their teams
  • Subject Heads
  • Heads of Year
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.00 – 10.10am
Introductions and setting the context

  • Welcome introductions of the course leader and attendees.
  • Discuss the aims and objectives of the session and set ground rules for the discussion of sensitive issues/ confidentiality.

10.10 – 10.40am
The context of mental health in children & young people

  • The context of mental health in children & young people. Including common mental health disorders, stats and prevalence.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact of this on emotional health and academic attainment
  • How poor mental health impacts educational outcomes and life chances
  • Why schools need to work proactively at encouraging positive emotional health.

10.40 – 11.20am
The context of mental health in teachers and support staff

  • The impact of poor mental health in teachers and support staff and why it is important for schools to prioritise the issue in terms of cost, productivity, staff retention and the quality of educational provision, including the impact on teaching and learning
  • The challenges of teaching and working with young people
  • How to positively support staff to avoid workload, stress and burnout becoming an issue.

11.20 – 11.35am

11.35 – 12.30pm
Taking a whole school approach to support positive emotional health and wellbeing

  • Promoting a positive school culture around health and wellbeing, and reducing the stigma around the issue of emotional health
  • Setting up a staff and student working party
  • Incorporating emotional health into the curriculum

12.30 – 1.00pm
Audits and baseline assessments

  • How to conduct baseline audits and assessments of current wellbeing provision. Including staff, student and parent surveys.

1.00 – 2.00pm

2.00 – 3.00pm
Taking a strategic overview

  • Developing a whole school health and wellbeing action plan that links to the school development plan
  • Partnership working and utilising external agencies and services

3.00 – 3.15am

3.15 – 3.50pm
Taking a strategic overview (continued)

  • Setting up a health and wellbeing referral panel, including tracking, monitoring and intervention systems to record data and measure impact.
  • Tips and advice including tried and tested approaches
  • Keeping evidence and working towards a wellbeing award for the school
  • Useful resources, tools and measures to support both staff and students

3.50 – 4.00pm
Feedback and review/ depart

  • Review the content of the session and revisit aims
  • Delegates to complete feedback form

Matt Bromley

Education writer and advisor

Matt Bromley is an education writer and advisor with twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as headteacher. He works as a public speaker, trainer, and school improvement lead, and is a school governor. He writes for various newspapers and magazines and is the author of numerous best-selling books. His education blog, voted one of the UK’s most influential, receives over 50,000 unique visitors a year.