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The Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing (MHEW) Agenda in schools and colleges is underway, with a series of workshops to introduce concrete ideas and resources to support development of a ‘whole school approach’, as outlined in the Government Green Paper of 2017.
Please note that this programme is open to all East Sussex schools and colleges and is separate to Hastings Opportunity Area work (HOA) and any other regional projects which have been independently funded. Hastings area colleagues are welcome to attend all of these events to supplement the input received through the HOA, however if in any doubt, please contact Judy Perraton: judy.Perraton@eastsussex.gov.uk.
School and college leaders and key staff are invited to attend the programme of workshops covering the 8 key principles of the whole school approach:
- Leadership & Management
- Ethos & Environment
- Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
- Staff Development
- Student Voice
- Involving parents/carers
- Identifying need and monitoring impact
- Targeted support
This is to enable schools/colleges to complete a detailed audit of MHEW practice and provision in their communities, leading to an action plan. This is helping to identify strengths as well as areas for development, and encouraging collaboration through EIP cluster partnerships. The workshops are open to all staff, governors and associated practitioners interested in embedding good practice in MHEW, and bookable through East Sussex Learning Portal: https://childrens.eastsussexlearning.org.uk/courses/bookings. The aspiration is for all school/college settings to have a designated Mental Health Lead to champion the MHEW agenda. There is one workshop per term in 9 locations, covering 2 of the above principles per term, with a review in term 5.
Achievements and progress during the academic year 2018-19 will be celebrated at a whole day MHEW conference on 26th June, at Brighton University, with top speakers and practical workshops on MHEW issues.
Schools Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Adviser
Phone: 01273 335089