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    About us

    Halcyon Education is headed by Anna Bateman.

    I set up Halcyon Education following a decade as an education advisor, head of a team responsible for a transformative emotional literacy curriculum, and 14 years as a teacher and leader in an inner city school.  I wanted to wholly focus on promoting practical ways in which the curriculum, school processes and culture are planned and to ensure they are rigorous in establishing emotional well-being and resilience. This focus and preparedness means we are not waiting for a crisis to happen before acting, and identifies those members of the school community who may less visible and need more support.

    Having worked in partnership with 100’s of schools over the years, and advised the Department for Education (DFE) on the senior mental health lead role, I have gained extensive understanding and knowledge of Mental Health within the education context. My working week is spent with primary and secondary Senior Mental Health Leads, and I’ve recently trained as the local DFE Well-being education recovery trainer. I have also been a governor responsible for school improvement on two Interim Executive governing Boards.

    Through this extensive experience, I’ve identified that there are predominantly two problems facing schools and school leaders:

    1. Schools have an ad-hoc approach to mental health issues and find themselves reacting to crises and fire-fighting as problems arise
    2. Schools have lots of ideas and know where they want to be with their schools’ mental health, they just don’t know where to start or how to get there

    If your school fits into both or either of these categories, then it would be beneficial to talk to us at Halcyon, to discuss the methods and plans needed to put in place a whole school approach to mental wellbeing.

    We’re here to offer support and guidance through consultancy and coaching so please do get in touch by email or book an initial conversation.

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    Halcyon Education has worked with the Children’s Society over the last few years – the quality of their work, particularly the ability to engage frontline teachers and senior leadership teams in schools is impressive – they are at the forefront of work to improve emotional and mental health in schools.

    About Anna

    Anna operates at the forefront of new initiatives for mental health in schools. She has unquestionable passion to drive these forward to the benefit of schools, school leaders and of course pupils and students.

    Mental health credentials and CPD

    Anna is wholly committed to updating her knowledge and understanding around resilience and mental health and annually attends relevant conferences and training days. As well as as an Early Years Education degree and Qualified Teacher status, she is also:

    • An accredited facilitator for the Academic Resilience Approach (Young Minds)
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid Trained
    • A licensed PATHS trainer (promoting alternative thinking strategies)
    • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained (ASIST)


    We work with a number of educational establishments as well as charitable organisations that support young people.

    Recent clients include

    The National College

    Provide informative articles, webinars and design bespoke training, updating schools with the latest updates from DFE and governmental guidance


    Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) training (whole school)


    Supervision and training for mental health leads in schools

    University College Birmingham

    Mental health lecturer to PGCE students

    Birmingham Education Partnership

    Strategic wellbeing lead, Secondary and Primary schools

    Birmingham City Council

    Adoption and Fostering Team, running a 6 week course for parents post-adoption

    Optimus Education

    Mental health conferences, previously a wellbeing award advisor

    Department for Education

    Mental health green paper advisory group in a voluntary capacity

    Harrow International School

    Coaching and support for a newly appointed senior lead for mental health

    National Online Safety

    Design content for guides, deliver webinars and provide advice and guidance to schools