If we cherish children and young people's health and mental wellbeing, the real issue becomes how to promote and maintain quality relationships and have better conversations about change.
If the key determiners of change is the quality of relationships then how do we ensure that our systems and structures create the right conditions for healthy relationships to thrive? What is the school’s capacity for healthy relationships? Do staff and students know how to listen and speak to each other? Do the school’s values bring people together or keep them apart? Do the leaders in the school create the conditions necessary for our psychological need for trust and safety?
This workshop will explore these questions along with the value of improving children and young people's mental health and wellbeing in the school setting through secure connections, purpose and affirmation.
Andy Williams, External Consultant and Former Deputy Headteacher, Monmouth Comprehensive School
Andy Williams has worked as a schoolteacher for over 28 years. He won the prestigious National Teacher of the Year Award in 2000 and until July 2018 was Deputy Headteacher at Monmouth Comprehensive School.
Since leaving teaching Andy has worked alongside Professor Steve Rollnick exploring values-based leadership and culture change. He has worked within different Local Authorities, Police Services, CAMHS and even a Championship football club! He is passionate about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in schools and the workplace and its impact on relationships and leadership.
Case Study Speaker:
Darryl Williams, Assistant Headteacher, Wellbeing, Monmouth Comprehensive School
Darryl Williams has worked as a secondary PE schoolteacher for 23 years. He has worked in the pastoral and wellbeing field for the majority of this time. He is passionate about Action Research in behaviour, mind-set and wellbeing and how these influence and impact the holistic development of students and staff regardless of sector or, stage of education transition.
Having worked alongside Dr Belinda Hopkins in developing relational practice at Monmouth Comprehensive School, based on restorative principles influencing ethos and culture change (behaviour being integral to successful teaching and learning pedagogy), he remains passionate about further developments in all aspects of wellbeing. He continues to represent on the Advisory Panel for School Health Research Network, collaborate with cluster education, other external agencies and health providers in the critical place of mental health and wellbeing in learning organisations, and its impact on relationships, wellbeing and styles of leadership.