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This Teacher Hub brings together the resources on our website that is most relevant, and useful, for teachers to use.

  • Sleep and Screen Time – Pedagogy in practice – recording

    This FREE online event was exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and offers insights into best practice in supporting children and adolescents to understand sleep and the importance of good quality sleep, as well as the potential impacts (positive and negative!) of screen time, building on the latest evidence base.

    Research has shown that high-quality sleep has a positive impact on children’s mental health and their academic achievement, yet adolescents in particular may often not get enough sleep, which can negatively impact their wellbeing and performance. The debate about screen time and its potential impact on sleep and concentration has also been well-publicised, if not always in the most balanced way. As teachers and school leaders, it can sometimes feel hard to make an impact on these areas, as many decisions around sleep and screen-time routines are taken outside the school and within families.

    Schools have an important role to play in raising students’ and teachers’ awareness about the importance of sleep and the impact of screen time on students’ wellbeing and their academic achievement. This webinar brings together teachers from a range of settings to share how they are supporting pupils in the school to understand why good quality sleep matters and how it can be achieved, as well as key considerations about screen time and its possible effects both on sleep and more widely.

    Please visit our Teacher Hub for more free events and resources

    Recordings

    Event – Shared approaches – Padlet

    Amy Sayer slides


    Clare Erasmus slides


    Alex McLean slides


    Q&A session – Dr. Lisa-Maria Müller with Jan Forshaw and Jonathan Baggaley

    Additional Resources

    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.

    This is second in a series of FREE online events exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and offers insights into best practice in supporting children and adolescents to understand sleep and the importance of good quality sleep, as well as the potential impacts (positive and negative!) of screen time, building on the latest evidence base. These sessions will build on previous webinars run by ACAMH, attendees are strongly encouraged to watch back the ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions, and in particular the topic of Sleep.

    Visit the Chartered College of Teaching for details on membership and the benefits of being a member.

    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.

  • Anxiety ‘Pedagogy in practice’ recording and resources

    ACAMH are delighted to have teamed up with the Chartered College of Teaching to present a FREE online training series, ‘Pedagogy in practice’, exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and Chartered College of Teaching Members.

    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. The first of these sessions looked at Anxiety, something that pupils, and us, at some point, have all experienced.

    Presenters

    Due to technical difficulties we were limited with the live presentations. These were be given by: Polly McMeeking, SEND Governor, Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School, and Shona McCann, Vice Principal, Riverside School. Jonathan Baggaley, CEO, PSHE Association, joined for the Q&A session, and Cat Scutt MBE, Director for Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching facilitated the session.

    Resources and talks

    Key supporting points from Coram Life Education and SCARF

    How can schools support pupils with anxiety and support wider understanding of anxiety through PSHE and beyond? Dana Abdulkarim, Assistant Principal, Oasis Academy Don Valley

    Padlet with attendees sharing approaches

    Anxiety Reading List

    Anxiety research review

    Dana Adbulkarim briefing note

    Polly McMeeking, SEND Governor, Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School – Slides

    Shona McCann, Vice Principal, Riverside School – Slides

    Q&A session

    Ask the expert session with Professor Cathy Creswell and Helen Manley

    Myth Busting Anxiety with Chloe Chessell

    About the session

    Anxiety is a part of life and some anxiety is essential because it helps us to act to protect ourselves and ensure our safety. However, anxiety can become problematic when it is out of proportion to the threat in the environment, causes distress and interferes with children and young people’s everyday lives. When this occurs it is often considered to be an ‘anxiety disorder’. Anxiety disorders are extremely common and often start in childhood or adolescence. They can have a significant and ongoing impact on mental health and well-being. Anxiety disorders can affect family, school and social life, leisure activities and educational achievement.

    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 teachers from a range of settings to consider how they are supporting pupils in the school to understand anxiety. 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.

    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, and delegates for this session are strongly encouraged to watch these, and in particular the topic of Anxiety. All of these sessions plus a host of other free resources for teachers can be found on our Teacher Hub.

    About the speakers and panel

    Lauren Pinney, Head of Student Wellbeing and PSHE, Hove Park School

    Lauren is an experienced teacher and qualified SENCO specialising in the social, emotional and mental health needs of young people. As Head of PSHE and Student Wellbeing at Hove Park Lauren not only oversees the mental health education for all students but has developed an innovative graduated response to mental health needs, blending universal and targeted inventions within a mainstream setting. She is the founder of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions; an in school project allowing students to gain the skills and experience to become peer mentors which has since been adopted by many schools in the city. Lauren currently leads a team of embedded mental health professionals and chairs Hove Park’s multidisciplinary triage process. She’s also leading on Hove Park’s Covid Wellbeing response for staff and students. Lauren’s specialist knowledge and unique approach to mental health support in school has been nationally recognised and Hove Park was amongst one of the first schools to be awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools. She is an experienced trainer, speaker and advisor in this area.

    Rose Scott, School Counsellor, Hove Park School

    Rose is an integrative arts counsellor with experience working with children and young people form 6 –19. She leads Hove Park School’s Wellbeing Team and works in Private Practice. A Pen Portrait of Hove Parks counselling provision has been included in a Department for Education paper ‘Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools and Colleges’, where the value of having a fully integrated and embedded counselling service was highlighted.

    Shona McCann, Vice Principal, Riverside School

    Shona began her teaching career in 2010. While working in a special school in New Zealand she quickly found her passion for working with young people with special educational needs. She values pupils as individuals and builds positive relationships with them and their families. Equipping pupils with skills for independence is a passion of hers, including supporting emotional and social development.  Shona has recently been appointed as Vice Principal at Riverside School in Antrim. She is currently working on an inquiry-based research project with the Education Authority in Northern Ireland and Professor Barry Carpenter. The project focuses on the impact of Sports and Sensory Sanctuaries on engagement in learning.

    Polly McMeeking, MA(Ed), SEND Governor, Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School

    Polly is a retired executive headteacher and Director of Education from the independent special school sector who, in recent years, has served as Chair of Governors at Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School and currently act as specialist SEND governor with oversight of the development of a new autism resource centre at the school. My expertise lies within the SEMH arena and I am working with staff to establish an innovative “portal” facility as part of the school’s provision for children who display acute anxiety; forms the interface between main school and resource centre, and which establishes practices to sustain low levels of staff anxiety. Drawing on a model of establishment of a “dynamic equilibrium” approach to integration, we hope to maximise the potential of our new development to enhance well being for all members of the school.

    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.

    Dana Abdulkarim, Assistant Principal, Oasis Academy Don Valley

    Dana is a senior teacher in Sheffield, leading on PE and PSHE. In 2000 she became the first Muslim and Arab woman to compete for England Internationally with 67 caps in Rounders, she was the first to then Coach an England side of her own. In 2008 Dana was the first Hijabi Muslim Woman to qualify to teach PE in England. It is Dana’s aim to inspire a lifelong passion for movement, developing wellbeing and the whole child; she aims to develop belonging and toolkits for survival in the world around us.  As a prominent and visible Muslim woman she talks nationally about change, authenticity, anti-racism and visibility using her various sporting experiences and beyond to draw upon. Dana believes every child should thrive, not just survive. Since September 2020, Dana has been a trustee for Chance to Shine, a charity using cricket as a vehicle to develop young people. Most recently, Dana has been named as an ambassador for Sporting Heritage.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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  • Understanding Trauma – Ask The Expert; recording

    For this session we welcomed David Trickey to share his knowledge and insights into trauma, specifically exploring children’s responses to traumatic events, when it might become problematic, how it might present itself and why schools make perfect therapeutic environments to support young people who have experienced trauma. David also answered questions in a session facilitated by leading education professional Professor Barry Carpenter.

    Further resources and links to free events can be found on our Teacher Hub

    David Trickey is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist leading the trauma pathway in Northamptonshire CAMHS; is the co-director of the UK Trauma Council and continues to focus on direct clinical work and the supervision of other clinicians working with traumatised children and young people

    About the ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions

    This FREE ‘Ask the Expert’ online event is exclusively for Teachers, and offers insights into the latest evidence-base around anxiety in children & adolescents. They are brought to you as part of an exciting new partnership between The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) and Coram Life Education (CLE), two charities who are dedicated to making a difference to the mental wellbeing of children and young people.

    Following our pilot events in Autumn 2021 / Spring 2022, we have a series of ‘Ask the Expert’ events over the coming year, to help close the knowledge gap in a range of topics that now form part of the statutory Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum. We think it is important to help equip teachers with knowledge in areas that may be less familiar to them, which is grounded in academic rigour.

    Our ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions are primarily aimed at knowledge building, we will be working on other
    initiatives to help evolve pedagogical approaches based on the evidence we share at these ‘Ask the
    Expert’ events.

    About the event

    By age 18 years, up to 80% of children are likely to have been exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event. However, most children who are exposed to potentially traumatic events do not develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research suggests that up to 7% of children will have developed PTSD by age 18 years, and up to 4% of children have PTSD every year (Breslau et al, 2006; Copeland et al, 2007; McLaughlin et al, 2013). Schools play an integral role in supporting children & young people’s mental health, as an anchor institution in society they can identify, refer and support those at risk, whilst creating positive environments that encourage all children to learn and thrive.

    As teachers, it is important to be aware of common adverse childhood experiences and when and how these may be affecting any of their pupils, in order to be able to look for the cues and clues that children and young people may present and to understand how they may be able to better support them at school.

    Key Takeaways

    • Understand how trauma manifests, by outlining the complex and subjective nature of trauma
      and providing knowledge around when trauma can become problematic
    • Understand how trauma and maltreatment can affect the brain and impact on a child’s ability
      to learn and interact effectively at school
    • Highlight why schools make great therapeutic environments, in supporting the psychological
      needs of young people experiencing trauma

    About the Speakers

    Dr. David Trickey
    David Trickey

    David Trickey is a leading Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in trauma. He works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist leading the trauma pathway in Northamptonshire CAMHS; is the co-director of the UK Trauma Council and continues to focus on direct clinical work and the supervision of other clinicians working with traumatised children and young people

    Professor Barry Carpenter
    Professor Barry Carpenter

    Professor Barry Carpenter has been appointed to the ACAMH Board with special responsibility for disseminating our work to schools, teachers, and others involved in the education of children and young people. Barry is the UK’s first Chair of Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University

    In a career spanning more than 40 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Headteacher, Principal, Academic Director, Chief Executive, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities’ www.complexneeds.org.uk

    Full bio on ACAMH Board page.

    Coram Life Education

    Coram Life Education is the leading provider of relationships, health, wellbeing, and drugs education to almost half a million children across the UK, delivered under the strapline ‘Helping Children Make Healthy Choices’. Trained Educators use evidence-based, interactive, creative methods and resources to stimulate curiosity and imagination amongst children in 1 in 10 English and Scottish primary schools (2,041 schools).

    Our memorable life skills sessions are currently delivered as ‘Life Base’ in school or as ‘SCARF Live Online‘ sessions via Zoom. Coram Life Education takes a three strand approach addressing children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes, and programmes are aligned with the National Curriculum (Citizenship, PSHE Education), covering all Key Stages. Coram Life Education helps schools meet their statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, and Ofsted inspection criteria for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Coram Life Education’s programmes are also aligned with Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. Recognising the role of the community and home life in influencing children’s choices, we design our programme with schools and deliver special sessions and assemblies for parents and carers to amplify our effectiveness.

     

  • Helping Teachers Help Pupils With Mental Health

    ACAMH commits to developing a comprehensive series of resources that disseminate research-informed, evidence-based practice in schools, to support children & young people’s mental health & wellbeing

    Part of our remit as a charitable membership organisation has been to share best evidence in order to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people for more than six decades. Following a hugely successful pilot programme launched in October 2021, ACAMH has made a commitment to expand its mental health in schools initiative, which aims to bridge the gap in teachers’ knowledge and practice in important mental health topics, which are now part of the statutory relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum.

    ACAMH’s ‘Ask the Expert’ webinars are free to attend and developed in collaboration with the education charity, Coram Life Education aim to build knowledge in a range of mental-health related topics that teachers may feel less confident about. Past sessions are available on our Teachers Hub. To date, almost 1,200 teachers and education professionals have joined ACAMH’s ‘Ask the Expert’ webinars to build their knowledge in topics such as screen-time; sleep & mental health; anxiety in children and young people; and the impact of bullying & loneliness. Of those attendees surveyed, 92% said they would recommend the Ask the Expert webinars to their colleagues, with qualitative feedback recognising the value these knowledge-sharing sessions can provide teachers in supporting the needs of their pupils.

    The next wave of Ask the Expert webinars will commence in June and run through until April 2023, with six new topics being added to the series including: trauma, self-harm and eating-disorders. Topics are rooted in the new statutory RSHE curriculum and have been selected based on feedback provided by teachers, in relation to the topics they are most interested in understanding more about.

    To complement the suite of Ask the Expert webinars, ACAMH has partnered with the Chartered College of Teaching to develop an accompanying series of ‘Pedagogy in Practice’ webinars under the same topic headings, which aim to stimulate innovative practice in teaching and learning to meet curriculum requirements and support mental health across the school. The first webinar will be delivered in June covering the anxiety topic, followed by a session on sleep in July, with the further eight webinars scheduled from September through to May 2023.

    The Chartered College are currently calling on practising teachers and school leaders to contribute to this project as webinar speakers, and for teachers, leaders and researchers to contribute case studies in audio, video or written form. This provides trail-blazing schools a great opportunity to share best practice, showcase the excellent work they are doing and recognise the expertise of teachers who are developing and delivering it.

    Professor Barry Carpenter, ACAMH Board Member and Mental Health in Schools Advisory Group Chair said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support that educators have given us in relation to our mental health in schools initiative; the levels of interaction and richness of the questions posed at our webinars has been tremendous. Teachers are telling us they want more professional development in order to support our young people with complex mental health concerns, our Ask the Expert and Pedagogy in Practice series certainly contribute to addressing that need. We are delighted to be able to continue to provide these free sessions over the next year”.

    Do please share our upcoming sessions with your colleagues that are teachers and the resources available on our Teacher Hub.

    Understanding Trauma – Ask The Expert – 13 June 3:45pm start

    Anxiety – Pedagogy in practice – 21 June 3:45pm start

    Sleep – Pedagogy in practice – 12 July 3:45pm start

    Eating Disorders – Ask The Expert – 13 September 3:45pm start

     

  • Improving research-informed practice in schools

    We have recently launched an initiative aimed at teachers, to enable schools to access and put to use resources that can genuinely make a difference to the mental wellbeing and educational outcomes of young people.

    In recognition of the rising mental health challenges faced by children and young people, we have kick-started our Mental Health in Schools initiative, with the aim of producing a series of webinars for teachers which disseminate research-informed, evidence-based knowledge and practice around current key issues in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

    The first of this pilot series, known as ‘Ask the Expert’ aims to increase the knowledge of teachers and consists of 4 x 75-minute live webinars, with an expert guest speaker and hosted by Professor Barry Carpenter. The webinars have been developed in collaboration with the education charity, Coram Life Education. Topics are rooted in the new statutory relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum, with Screen Time and Sleep delivered in the Autumn term of 2021 and Anxiety and Common Mental Health Conditions coming in Spring 2022.

    The second of this pilot series, coined ‘Pedagogy in Practice’, is aimed at creating engaging
    resources for teachers relating to mental health teaching themes in the RSHE framework and is
    closely aligned to the ‘Ask the Expert’ series. ‘Pedagogy in Practice’ aims to stimulate innovative
    practice in teaching and learning to meet curriculum requirements and support mental health. The pilot phase will include the development of two modules: Sleep and Anxiety, and will be developed in partnership with The Chartered College of Teaching during the first half of 2022.

    Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE, D. Litt, PhD, ACAMH Board Member and Mental Health in Schools Advisory Group Chair, said “We are committed to helping improve the knowledge needed by Teachers to deliver the statutory Relationship, Sex & Health Education (RSHE) curriculum requirements, specifically in relation to subjects pertaining to mental wellbeing. We are also looking to build capacity for differentiating and personalizing content to meet individual, as well as group needs.”

    He goes on to say “Schools are an anchor institution in supporting young peoples’ mental wellbeing, we believe ACAMH and our partners Coram Life Education and The Chartered College of Teaching can truly make a difference by sharing the best evidence in a way that is accessible and tailored to the needs of teaching professionals.”

    We plan to develop a wider series of Ask the Expert & Pedagogy in Practice resources over the course of the next 18 months, incorporating up to ten of the most pertinent topics within the RSHE framework, such as Trauma, Self-Harm and Bereavement.