Mental Health in Educational Settings


Event type Day Conference

Council Chamber, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

Supporting the mental health needs of children and young people in an educational setting is fast becoming an essential skill.

The government’s recent green paper, ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’, has placed a clear emphasis on providing mental health support for children and young people within their educational settings.

But how can you do this effectively?

This exciting conference combines presentations from Academic Researchers from both an education and health background on this hottest of topics. The conference will also have presentations from inspiring speakers who are witnessing the scope and scale of this issue at the frontline.

You can book only by phone as there only just 5 spaces left. Please call 020 7403 7458 Mon-Fri 0830-1730.

Learning Outcomes

  • Detailed understanding of mental health needs of children and young people within education settings
  • Practical tips and advice to theory into practice with innovative approaches for support
  • Lived experienced examples and case studies

Who should attend
SENCOs, Teachers (primary, secondary, and Higher Education), Educational Psychologists, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Local Government Officers (Education / CYP Support Services, Social Care.)


09:00    Registration

09:25     Welcome – Les Lawrence, Chair of Children’s Quarter, former Chair at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, former Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

09:30    Mental Health Matters in Schools: Big Picture and Detail – Les Lawrence

10:00    Student-led Mental Health Research in Schools – NIHR Clinical Research Network Young Persons Advisory Group

11:00     Break

11:30      Creating a Climate in the school and the home which helps children’s mental health: things to do and not to do – Sir Tim Brighouse, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, Non-executive board member of Research Machines and Advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

12:15      Overview of key messages and issues to consider – Les Lawrence, Chair of Children’s Quarter, former Chair at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, former Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

12:30     Lunch

13:30      Mental Health in Schools: A Headteacher’s perspective – Dr Rona Tutt OBE is a Past President of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). She continues to be involved in the Association’s work, chairing the National Forum for Neuroscience and Special Education (NFNSE) which is hosted by NAHT, as well as representing the Association on a number of other bodies.

14:30     Exclusions and Wider Impact Issues – Sarah Woosey, Partner, Head Of Education And Community Care, Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors

15:00     Break

15:20     Delivering Mental Health interventions to schools in Birmingham – Erin Docherty, Clinical Lead Nurse at NHS, Nurse of the Year 2016 (NT Awards), Nursing in Mental Health 2016 (NT Awards), Improving Access to Mental Health Care in General Practice (Nursing Times 2017)

16:00     Panel Discussion led by Les Lawrence – Panel: Nick Taynton (Lead Manager, Birmingham SENDIASS),  Sir Tim Brighouse, Dr Rona Tutt, Sarah Woosey, Erin Docherty

16:30     Conference closes


Amongst our aims is the dissemination of information to bridge the gap between rigorous research and best practice in relation to child and adolescent mental health. One of the ways in which we do this is through our events, and we try to make these as accessible and affordable as is reasonably possible. The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining.

Publications/Digital Members & Students– £39
Platinum Members & SENCOs & Teachers – £49
Gold Members – £59.00
Silver/Bronze Member – £69.00

Non Member – £89.00