Whole School Approach to Mental Health – Pedagogy in practice


Online via Zoom
15:45 - 17:00

Primary school children smiling at a book

This free Whole School Approach to Mental Health session is exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and Chartered College of Teaching Members. ACAMH is delighted to have teamed up with the Chartered College of Teaching to present these FREE online training series entitled ‘Pedagogy in practice’.

Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept. This series gives teachers an incredible opportunity to take part in interactive expert webinars looking at how to teach key topics in school. Please register at this link and share with friends and colleagues. Please note that the event is for teachers and school leaders.

About the session

Teachers have a role to play in supporting children and adolescents to understand anxiety as part of the new RSHE curriculum, as well as needing to feel confident that they can recognise the impact it may have on the children they work with. This webinar brings together experts from a range of settings to consider both classroom and whole school approaches on supporting pupils in the school to understand pupil mental health. Event attendees will have access not just to the event itself but to supporting materials and resources to help them embed effective practice in their schools.


Barry Carpenter, Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes, Jan Forshaw, Head of Education, Coram Life Education, Jonathan Baggeley, CEO, PSHE Association, Bethan Miller, PSHE Association.

How to book

Please register at this link and share with friends and colleagues. Please note that the event is for teachers and school leaders.

This is a free event, you can, at the point of booking, select to receive a CPD certificate as confirmation of attendance for £5. This will be emailed to you one week after the session.

About the panel

Barry Carpenter has a career spanning over 40 years. His appointments include Professor of Mental Health in Education to Oxford Brookes University, and Honorary Professorships at universities in Ireland, Germany and Australia, as well as Principal, Chief Executive, and National Director for Complex Needs at the Government Department for Education. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford, and speaks and publishes internationally on special needs issues including “Girls and Autism” and ”Engaging Learners with Complex Needs”. He recently became a Patron for the ADHD Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. He serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH). He is the co- author, (with his son, Matthew) of the Recovery Curriculum, which has shaped and influenced the thinking of many schools during the pandemic period.

Saira Saeed – Experienced Leader, DSL, SENCO, Medical Lead, Senior Mental Health Lead within the Secondary sector.  Saira has worked in Secondary education for the last 17 years and has extensive experience as an English and PSHE teacher, DSL, SENCO and Medical Lead in a number of inner-city Secondary schools in the West Midlands. She was a key member of teams in two separate Secondary Schools that worked effectively to see the removal of Special Measures and receive ‘Good’ Ofsted judgements. Saira has successfully devised and strategically led the implementation of effective SEND, Medical and Safeguarding systems in a number of schools throughout her career to date. As she is passionate about all things Safeguarding and SEND, she always strives to share her knowledge with others whenever she can in order to support best practices becoming the norm in as many settings as possible.

Ben Levinson OBE FCCT – As Head Teacher, Ben Levinson led Kensington Primary School to being a flagship school in all manner of areas from inclusion to wellbeing. Under his leadership the school launched an innovative new curriculum, specifically developed to provide the best outcomes for children and prepare them for life in the 21st Century.  Kensington was Primary School of the Year and Mental Health and Wellbeing School of the Year in 2020 and Ben was awarded an OBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to education.  Ben is now an Executive Head Teacher within The Tapscott Learning Trust.

He has advised the Department for Education on workload and wellbeing and was part of the Expert Advisory Group responsible for the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter. He is a National Leader of Education, Chair of Well Schools, a Board member for Thrive at Five and an ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust, the British Council, and TeachActive.

Jonathan Baggaley, CEO, PSHE Association – Jonathan is Chief Executive of the PSHE Association, leading efforts to ensure all children and young people receive high-quality PSHE education. Jonathan led the Association’s campaign for statutory PSHE, bringing together over 100 leading organisations to call for curriculum change. He is now working closely with government and wider stakeholders to ensure the new statutory requirements for Relationships, Sex and Health education achieve their transformative potential. Jonathan has worked in education at a national level for many years, bringing particular expertise in educating young people about risks, harms and opportunities of online technologies. Prior to joining the PSHE Association he was Head of Education at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (now part of the National Crime Agency).  He is currently a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Digital Resilience group and sits on the DCMS Media Literacy Taskforce Steering Board. He is Vice Chair of the National Youth Jazz Collective.

Jan Forshaw, Head of Education, Coram Life Education – Jan began her career teaching across primary and middle schools, including senior leadership roles, in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  Children’s wellbeing and mental health was always at the heart of her work as a teacher and influenced her move to children’s health and wellbeing charity Coram Life Education.  She has been Head of Education at Coram Life Education since 2009, having been Director of Training and before that an educator and senior trainer.  Jan oversees development of the diverse education programmes at Coram Life Education which include provision of high-quality education workshops in school and its acclaimed SCARF online PSHE (including statutory RSHE) curriculum.  She understands that within education the teacher’s role is crucial in helping children to thrive – socially, physically, mentally and academically – and works hard to ensure that Coram Life Education’s ethos and practices prioritise relevant, practical and timely support for teachers, alongside the provision of the highest-quality, inspiring programmes and resources that children deserve and need, to be their best.

Cat Scutt MBE, Director for Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching  – A former English teacher, Cat’s roles have since focused on supporting teacher development both online and through face-to-face activities, with a particular focus on development through collaboration and through engagement with research and evidence.  Cat leads on the Chartered College of Teaching’s work around teacher development and certification, including the Chartered Teacher programme, and their research activities and publications, including their award-winning peer-reviewed journal, Impact. She received an MBE for services to education in 2021 and has been a member of several government advisory groups.

About the ‘Pedagogy in practice’ series

‘Pedagogy in Practice’ is a series of free online events exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and offer insights into best practice in supporting children and adolescents on a range of topics that form part of the statutory Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE curriculum). The series is delivered by an exciting partnership between The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) and the Chartered College of Teaching – the professional body for teaching – two charities dedicated to supporting teachers to make a difference to the mental wellbeing of children and young people and deliver the best possible education.

These sessions will build on our previous ‘Ask the Expert’ webinars. All of these sessions plus a host of other free resources for teachers can be found on our Teacher Hub.

The Chartered College of Teaching

The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers. We are working to celebrate, support and connect teachers to take pride in their profession and provide the best possible education for children and young people. We are dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers from the second they enter the classroom with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils.

To attend this event please register at this link and share with friends and colleagues. Please note that the event is for teachers and school leaders.