Promoting the positive mental health and well-being of the children and adults across the Trust has been one of our highest priorities this year. We are well on the way to achieving our goal of having one or more Mental Health & Well-being Champions in each of our schools.

Nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of the children in our schools is an important aspect of ensuring that they can achieve their potential, so this year, we have prioritised creating opportunities for learning and development around mental health for staff within the Trust. This has begun with Denise Woodhouse, our Social, Emotional and Mental Health Support Officer, training to become a Mental Health First Aid (England) instructor; she is now able to offer a two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid (England) training course.

We are delighted to say we have already trained 14 individuals as Mental Health First Aiders and have two more cohorts scheduled in the Summer term at which point, we will have Mental health First Aiders in all our schools. We are proud to say, the feedback from delegates so far has been overwhelming:

In addition, we are pleased to be developing a Mental Health Champion Forum in a partnership with Anglian Gateway, with the aim of developing a network across the trust and for schools to collaborate with other schools in our region. This provides a time and place to share our experiences, support and learn from each other and develop a greater understanding and knowledge about mental health support in schools.

This is an exciting start to making ‘Mental Health’ a familiar topic in our schools.

We are proud and grateful for the dedication of all our schools to developing a foundation of knowledge, confidence and skills for staff to support both each other and our pupils in being ‘well beings’ and realising their greatest potential.