Key Points
  • Practical guidance to support mental health and wellbeing amongst teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Inspiration from award-winning colleges and schools who are developing a whole school approach to culture change around mental health
  • Learn more about the role of senior management and how to support the wellbeing of senior leaders and headteachers
  • Understand the challenges for newly qualified teachers and hear solutions to improve retention
  • Boost your skills to tackle stress and workload management
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive, Mind - member Department of Education’s Expert Advisory Group on Staff Wellbeing
  • Sinead McBrearty, Chief Executive, Education Support
  • Ben Levinson, Headteacher, Kensington Primary School - Winner of 2020 Tes Award for Wellbeing & Mental Health and Member of EAG
  • Simon Pirotte OBE, Principal & Chief Executive, Bridgend College - Winner of Mind's Gold Achieving Excellence Award for Workplace Wellbeing 2020
  • Evelyn Forde MBE, Headteacher, Copthall School
  • Joan Deslandes OBE, Headteacher, Kingsford Community School
  • Samantha Morgan, Director of People, Bridgend College
  • Martin Hodge, Senior Professional Officer for Policy, Voice The Union
  • Maria Cunningham, Head of Education, Teacher Development Trust
  • Steve Edmonds, Director of Advice and Guidance, National Governance Association
  • Gary Wilkie, CEO, Learning in Harmony Trust


Westminster Insight’s Digital Conference will equip senior managers in education with the tools they need to support the mental health and wellbeing of school staff. Take away practical strategies to promote good staff wellbeing through periods of uncertainty and change. Understand how other schools have adapted their mental health and wellbeing strategies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Break down the barriers preventing teachers and staff from accessing support.

This half-day virtual event will be broadcast live from our studio in London and delivered via an interactive online platform. Put your questions to our expert speakers and hear from award-winning schools and educational experts in mental health.

The conference is suitable for school leaders and representatives from local authorities and health services.

Learn how to develop a whole school approach to mental health and support staff members with mental health issues. Discover new tactics and ideas to support senior leaders and headteachers who consistently report the highest levels of stress. Understand the specific health and wellbeing challenges for NQTs and improve retention amongst this key demographic.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:15
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Gary Wilkie CEO, Learning in Harmony Trust

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09:15 - 09:45
Keynote Address: Teacher Mental Health - The National Picture

 
  • Overview of the teacher mental health crisis and what needs to happen to move forward
  • Understanding the challenges and changes that teachers have faced during the pandemic, and the impact on their mental health 
  • The importance of teacher mental health for whole-school mental health 
  Questions and Discussions - 09:35 – 09:45

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Paul Farmer CBE Chief Executive, Mind - member Department of Education’s Expert Advisory Group on Staff Wellbeing

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09:45 - 10:15
Lessons Learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic on How to Establish and Maintain Collegiality for Teacher Mental Health

 
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way schools support the mental health of teachers, and what learnings can be taken forward to improve staff support 
  • Establishing community and connection through effective peer support spaces and supervision 
  • Maintaining collegiality through periods of uncertainty and change   
Questions and Discussions - 10:05 – 10:15

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Sinead McBrearty Chief Executive, Education Support

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10:15 - 10:45
Best Practice Case Study: Bridgend College *2020 Winner of Mind’s Gold Achieving Excellence Award for Workplace Wellbeing

 
  • Hear from the winner of Mind’s Gold Achieving Excellence Award for Workplace Wellbeing on how they’re taking a successful whole-school approach to improving teacher mental health and wellbeing
  • Identifying challenges and breaking down barriers preventing teachers from receiving support 
  • How senior management can lead by example in opening up conversations about mental health   
Questions and Discissions – 10:35 – 10:45

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Simon Pirotte OBE Principal & Chief Executive, Bridgend College

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Samantha Morgan Director of People, Bridgend College

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10:45 - 11:15
Intermission

 

11:15 - 11:45
Looking After Your Own Wellbeing: An Individual-Level Approach to Teacher Mental Health

 
  • Whole school approaches versus what can be done at an individual level to help manage teacher mental health
  • Practical, actionable advice for the individual on managing stress and finding the right support 
  • Managing expectations and focusing on what lies within an individual’s control to empower staff to prioritise their own wellbeing where possible
Questions and Discussions – 11:35 – 11:45

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Monisha Jefcut Training Manager, Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families

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11:45 - 12:15
Improving Teacher Retention through Professional Development

 
  • Understanding the challenges causing teachers to leave the profession
  • The links between teacher wellbeing and effective CPD
  • Creating the school working conditions that improve staff retention
Questions and Discussions – 12:05-12:15

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Maria Cunningham Head of Education, Teacher Development Trust

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12:15 - 12:45
Panel Discussion: Tackling Heavy Teacher Workloads and Poor Work / Life Balance

 
  • Understanding the impact of heavy workloads on teacher mental health, and what can be done to help to streamline workload, reducing the assessment burden, and supporting teachers through the accountability system 
  • Promoting trust and championing teacher autonomy 
  • Establishing effective communication channels between staff and SLT, and breaking down stigma to enable teachers to ask for help 
Questions and Discussions – 12:35 – 12:45

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Evelyn Forde MBE Headteacher, Copthall School

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Martin Hodge Senior Professional Officer for Policy, Voice The Union

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12:45 - 13:10
Panel Discussion: Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Headteachers and Senior Level Staff

 
  • Understanding the challenges specific to senior leaders, who consistently report the highest levels of stress amongst all education staff, and what can be done to help
  • Encouraging openness and effective peer-to-peer support through teacher support networks 
  • Taking a whole school approach to teacher wellbeing, inclusive of staff at the top, to help overcome isolation 
 Questions and Discussions – 13:05 – 13:15

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Joan Deslandes OBE Headteacher, Kingsford Community School

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Steve Edmonds Director of Advice and Guidance, National Governance Association

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Ben Levinson Headteacher, Kensington Primary School, Winner of 2020 Tes Award for Wellbeing & Mental Health and Member of EAG

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13:10 - 13:15
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

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Gary Wilkie CEO, Learning in Harmony Trust

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End

Speakers

Maria Cunningham Head of Education, Teacher Development Trust

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Joan Deslandes OBE Headteacher, Kingsford Community School

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Steve Edmonds Director of Advice and Guidance, National Governance Association

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Paul Farmer CBE Chief Executive, Mind - member Department of Education’s Expert Advisory Group on Staff Wellbeing

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Evelyn Forde MBE Headteacher, Copthall School

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Martin Hodge Senior Professional Officer for Policy, Voice The Union

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Monisha Jefcut Training Manager, Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families

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Ben Levinson Headteacher, Kensington Primary School, Winner of 2020 Tes Award for Wellbeing & Mental Health and Member of EAG

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Sinead McBrearty Chief Executive, Education Support

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Samantha Morgan Director of People, Bridgend College

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Simon Pirotte OBE Principal & Chief Executive, Bridgend College

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Gary Wilkie CEO, Learning in Harmony Trust

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Venue details

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