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Anna Batemen interviews Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education, currently working at the Institute of Effective Education. Estelle shares her vision for ensuring wellbeing is at the heart of every school’s vision alongside a good standard of education.

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I’ve had unprecedented access to a rich variety of interviewees for this series of podcasts, enabling us to listen and learn from their real life experiences – challenges and successes.

The interviews aim to set aside any assumptions we may have about mental health in schools so that we can freely explore topics and issues. I am grateful to each participant for giving their time freely and being willing to share their thoughts.

I hope you find the podcasts useful in your role. There are additional resources supporting the topics discussed in each episode, you’ll find them next to each podcast on this page. Feel free to download them to use in your own setting for training or to shape your mental health in schools strategies.

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Treading the Line – Improving Wellbeing and Mental Health

Mental Health in Schools: Episode 1

Anna Batemen interviews Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education and member of the House of Lords. Estelle is currently working at the Institute of Effective Education and is Chair and advisor for the Birmingham Education Partnership.

Estelle shares her vision for ensuring wellbeing is at the heart of every school’s vision alongside a good standard of education. In the current political and economic climate, it’s understandable that schools focus on results and academic attainment, however Estelle believes that following a broader curriculum, allowing space for creativity and valuing the whole school community creates an environment where mental health and wellbeing are more likely to thrive.

Introducing the Mental Health in Schools Podcast Series

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Welcome to Halcyon Podcasts. I’m delighted to bring you a new series of podcasts that puts mental health and wellbeing at its core.

Each podcast contains in depth interviews with everyday experts who share their wisdom, thoughts, insights and ideas. We hear from pupils too, who speak candidly about the challenges they face day to day.

Please refer to the additional resources that accompany each episode where you’ll find supporting material to help you embed new strategies in your setting.