Key Points
  • Adopt a whole-school and whole-system approach to the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Wales
  • Hear an overview of the New Curriculum for Wales 2022 and how to develop a broad and balanced curriculum in relation to mental health and wellbeing
  • Listen to case studies on how to develop a coherent whole-school approach that supports all pupil's health and wellbeing
  • Implement cross-sector collaborative approaches to children's mental health and wellbeing in schools
Guest of Honour

Lynne Neagle AM Chair of The Children, Young People and Education Committee, National Assembly for Wales

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Overview
Expert Speakers

  • Lynne Neagle AM, Chair of The Children, Young People and Education Committee, National Assembly for Wales
  • Dr Dave Williams, Professional Adviser, Children's Mental Health, Welsh Government, Chair, Children in Wales and Divisional Director, Family and Therapy Services, Aneurin Bevan University Local Health Board
  • Dr Julie Bishop, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health Wales
  • Cressy Morgan, Lead for Health and Wellbeing, ERW
  • Caroline Newman, Headteacher, Gladstone Primary School and ACE ambassador for the Barry Schools cluster
  • Dr Ian Smillie, Senior Educational Psychologist, Gwent Attachment Service/Whole School Approaches to Emotional Wellbeing, Child and Family Psychology and Therapies Service, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Marc Batten , Assistant Headteacher, Wellbeing, Engagement and Inclusion, Bassaleg School, Newport
  • Ben Lane, Well-Being Coordinator, Bassaleg School, Newport
  • Elizabeth Williams, Co-Lead for Education, Developing a Cross Sector Mindfulness Strategy for Wales
  • Dr Graham Moore, Deputy Director, DECIPHer and Reader in Social Sciences and Health, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • Joan Roberts, School Health Research Network Manager, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • Dr Sue Roffey, Director, Growing Great Schools Worldwide
  • Dr Robert Brooks, Educational Psychologist, Gloucestershire County Council


The new Curriculum for Wales features Health and Wellbeing as one of the six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE) and the development and design of the Health and Well-being curriculum needs to be reflected in the school’s ethos and environment, support services and policies.

Senedd Insight's Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference will feature key stakeholders to explore how schools, the NHS, the voluntary sector and local authorities can adopt a whole-system, whole-school approach to children and young people's emotional and mental health and well-being.

Taking place, on 27 January 2020 in Cardiff, Wales, this one-day event will feature keynote speaker, Lynne Neagle, Chair of The Children, Young People and Education Committee, National Assembly for Wales and a host of others on how to adopt a whole-school and collaborative approach to children's mental health and wellbeing in schools.

This event will also showcase whole-school case studies from ACE ambassador and headteacher of Gladstone Primary School in Barry - the first school in Wales to receive accredited status as a trauma informed and mental health aware school. Plus the assistant headteacher and director of standards for wellbeing of Bassaleg School in Newport, which was commended for its focus on mental wellbeing in its Estyn May 2019 report .

Join us at our Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Conference to learn how to adopt a whole-school and whole-system approach and improve the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Wales.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:15
Registration

 

09:15 - 09:20
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Graham Moore Deputy Director, DECIPHer and Reader in Social Sciences and Health, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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09:20 - 09:50
A Whole-School and Whole-System Approach to the Emotional and Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People in Wales

 
  • Mind over Matter - A report on the step change needed in emotional and mental health support for children and young people in Wales
  • The progress we're making and where we are with the actions 
  • The Committee’s view on the available resources
  • The Committee’s role in the work of the Joint Ministerial Task and Finish Group on delivering a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing 

Speakers

Lynne Neagle AM Chair of The Children, Young People and Education Committee, National Assembly for Wales

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09:50 - 10:20
Keynote Address: Mental Health and Wellbeing and the New Curriculum for Wales 2022

 
  • Overview of the new Curriculum for Wales
  • Health and wellbeing AoLE 
  • Developing a broad and balanced curriculum in relation to mental health and wellbeing
  • A whole-school approach to wellbeing
  • Timeline and key dates

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Cressy Morgan Lead for Health and Wellbeing, ERW

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10:20 - 10:55
Panel Discussion: Developing a Coherent Whole-School Approach that Supports All Pupils’ Health and Wellbeing

 
  • How can Wales deliver a cross-sector whole-school approach?
  • Joint Ministerial Task and Finish Group on a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing 
  • How can schools work together with a range of other professionals from statutory and third sector bodies, most notably health but also local authorities, social services and the voluntary sector to improve the provision, commissioning and delivery of services 
  • Building and strengthening better cross-sector and cross-professional relationships to work better together
  • Modelling new ways of working to assist with this
  • Developing a coherent whole-school approach that supports all pupils’ health and wellbeing
  • Practical advice about implementing ‘whole-school’ approaches, how to go about it, what it might cost

Speakers

Julie Bishop Director of Health Improvement, Public Health Wales

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Lynne Neagle AM Chair of The Children, Young People and Education Committee, National Assembly for Wales

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Dr Ian Smillie Senior Educational Psychologist, and Therapies Service, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

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Dr Dave Willams Professional Adviser, Children's Mental Health, Welsh Government, Chair, Children in Wales

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10:55 - 11:15
Coffee

 

11:15 - 11:50
Collaborative Approaches to Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

 
  • Is the traditional model of CAMHS still appropriate for meeting mental health problems of children?
  • Exploring why children are getting mental health problems in the first place
  • Strong focus now on multi-agency work to children's mental health and wellbeing
  • Linking specialist expertise with people who already have relationships with children - how can this be implemented at a whole-school level and what support is needed to implement it?
  • Working with leadership teams in schools to understand what we mean by a whole-school approach
  • Redesigning the school environment, the school curriculum and what happens in schools generally so that emotional health and wellbeing and physical health and wellbeing are threads that run through the whole school
  • Adapting the training available to teachers to be better equipped to understand children's needs
  • Whole-school approach pilots - what are the aims and what have we learnt so far?


Speakers

Dr Dave Willams Professional Adviser, Children's Mental Health, Welsh Government, Chair, Children in Wales

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11:50 - 12:25
Addressing the Challenges Schools Face with Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People and Adopting a Whole-School Approach

 
  • Making transformational change while it's still business as usual and with increasing budget constraints
  • What do we really mean by wellbeing 
  • Why wellbeing matters
  • How do you develop the vision
  • Leading school and student wellbeing
  • Securing school-wide buy-in and getting your staff on board
  • Strengthening relationships between staff, pupils and parents
  • Staff mental health and wellbeing


Speakers

Dr Sue Roffey Director, Growing Great Schools Worldwide

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12:25 - 12:55
School Health Research Network: Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Young People in Wales

 
  • An overview of the School Health Research Network
  • National data around mental and emotional health and wellbeing in Welsh schools
  • Emerging evidence on how best to improve young people's mental and emotional health and wellbeing in a school setting

Speakers

Joan Roberts School Health Research Network Manager, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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12:55 - 13:55
Lunch

 

13:55 - 14:25
Developing Mindfulness as part of the Whole-School Approach

 
  • The contribution mindfulness can make to emotional and mental health in schools
  • How mindfulness can support the new Curriculum in Wales
  • Securing and maintaining high quality mindfulness experience

Speakers

Elizabeth Williams Co-Lead for Education, Developing a Cross Sector Mindfulness Strategy for Wales

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14:25 - 14:55
The Ingredients for Creating Mentally Healthy Schools and Districts: A Canadian Perspective

 
Dr Robert Brooks spent a month in Canada researching mental health and wellbeing promotion in schools via a Travelling Fellowship generously funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. While there he met a large number of provincial leaders and practitioners who were proud to show him their best practices in answer to a single question, “What are the key ingredients for success in promoting MHWB in schools?”. Dr Brooks will now share with us his findings on the commitment that is required to becoming a mentally healthy school, including passion, vision and leadership, quality data, a focus on school climate, a social emotional learning curriculum, systematic support services and community partnerships.

Speakers

Dr Robert Brooks Educational Psychologist, Gloucestershire County Council

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14:55 - 15:30
A Whole-School Approach Primary Case Study: Gladstone Primary School, Barry

 
  • Becoming the first school in Wales to receive accredited status as a trauma informed and mental health aware school
  • Putting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, parents and staff at the forefront of everything we do
  • The journey Gladstone has been on in terms of securing the buy-in of every member of staff
  • What impact has it had/what different has it made?
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences agenda and ACE awareness

Speakers

Caroline Newman Headteacher, Gladstone Primary School and ACE ambassador for the Barry Schools cluster

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15:30 - 16:05
Secondary Case Study: Bassaleg School, Newport – emotional and mental wellbeing for all

 
Bassaleg school is working hard on developing its strategies and interventions to support the whole school community so that all stakeholders are supported and informed regarding managing, assessing and improving their own mental health. As a large school of nearly 1,800 young people and 156 staff, they are mindful of the need to support and inform all of their stakeholders. This case study will demonstrate how they, as a school, work with all their community to support their needs and the many initiatives that they have put in place to manage their wellbeing. A recent May 2019 Estyn Inspection identified this area in school as ‘excellent’.

This presentation will include:

  • How they share the vision with young people, parents and staff
  • Their involvement in: The Arrow project, The Guide project, Newport Mind ‘The Whole-School Approach’, Gwent community psychology service, wellbeing ambassadors and the young people’s mental health council – all designed to work with whole-school support or targeted interventions for specific year groups
  • Initiatives to support vulnerable groups – LGBT+, Young Carers, LAC etc
  • Strategies to ensure that learner voice is actively initiating change and that their opinions are listened to
  • How the new Wellbeing AOLE is helping to promote wellbeing and how this is being embedded and delivered in curriculum and non-curriculum time

 

Speakers

Marc Batten Assistant Headteacher, Wellbeing, Engagement and Inclusion, Bassaleg School, Newport

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Ben Lane Well-Being Coordinator, Bassaleg School, Newport

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16:05 - 16:10
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Graham Moore Deputy Director, DECIPHer and Reader in Social Sciences and Health, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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16:10 - 16:10
Close

 

End

Speakers

Marc Batten Assistant Headteacher, Wellbeing, Engagement and Inclusion, Bassaleg School, Newport

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Julie Bishop Director of Health Improvement, Public Health Wales

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Dr Robert Brooks Educational Psychologist, Gloucestershire County Council

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Ben Lane Well-Being Coordinator, Bassaleg School, Newport

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Dr Graham Moore Deputy Director, DECIPHer and Reader in Social Sciences and Health, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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Cressy Morgan Lead for Health and Wellbeing, ERW

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Lynne Neagle AM Chair of The Children, Young People and Education Committee, National Assembly for Wales

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Caroline Newman Headteacher, Gladstone Primary School and ACE ambassador for the Barry Schools cluster

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Joan Roberts School Health Research Network Manager, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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Dr Sue Roffey Director, Growing Great Schools Worldwide

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Dr Ian Smillie Senior Educational Psychologist, and Therapies Service, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

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Dr Dave Willams Professional Adviser, Children's Mental Health, Welsh Government, Chair, Children in Wales

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Elizabeth Williams Co-Lead for Education, Developing a Cross Sector Mindfulness Strategy for Wales

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Venue details

Cardiff


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