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    Emma Spillane Attachment and Trauma training

    Emma Spillane: Creating a ‘ready to learn’ environment for pupils who have experienced trauma

    Emma Spillane works with schools to support them in creating a safe environment in which vulnerable children feel calm, grounded and ready to learn. In this interview, she details 3 specific areas of interest where schools can make adjustments that make a difference to the daily experiences of their most vulnerable children.

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    Student Voice It's OK not to be OK

    Student Voice – “It’s OK not to feel OK”

    In this interview with three secondary students and their head teacher it is encouraging to hear one pupil state “It’s OK not to be OK”. An open culture around mental health in their schools ​has provided the support they need, and the confidence to speak about mental health. Find out more about their strategies for improving mental health, from transition to year 7 throughout all year groups.

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    first 100 days as a senior mental health lead

    The first 100 days as a senior mental health lead

    This podcast is released to coincide with the newly launched Senior Mental Health Lead Training Grant from the Department for Education. Anna Bateman offers two themes for success to embed mental wellbeing in schools.

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    Clinical Psychologist Asher Patel

    Flexing your approach to mental health in schools

    “No one wants to get mental health wrong’ says clinical psychologist Asha Patel. Find out her strategies for helping schools tailor their responses to individual students’ different mental health journeys.

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    A blueprint for primary school life after lockdown

    Head teacher Richard Ellis has a positive, considered approach to mental wellbeing in school, both for his staff and children. This interview is both practical and inspirational.

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    Creating a mentally resilient school

    Anthony Beckett is a senior assistant headteacher and mental wellbeing and safeguarding lead. He has succeeded in building mental resilience across the whole school, for teachers as well as students. Find out how.

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    Young carers – how to spot them and provide the right support

    This is an enlightening interview discussing the difficulties in spotting a hidden carer, who often goes unnoticed when dealing with the challenge of looking after a parent or sibling who has a mental health difficulty.

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    Believe you can achieve – with Dan Gardiner and Marcus Isaac

    Dan and Marcus say that if you believe, you can achieve. They help students identify their strengths and acknowledge their true self-worth which in turn builds confidence that they can overcome obstacles and make their way in life.

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    Student Voice – a whole school approach to preparing for exam stress

    An interview with 3 year 11 students to hear their views on exam stress and what they feel schools and teachers could do to help them prepare for their all important exams and alleviate stress levels when under exam pressure.

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    Ainthorpe Primary School – Using Headstart to give students a voice

    Pupils from Ainthorpe Primary, along with a member of their senior leadership team, tell us about their experience of using a Lottery funded programme called Headstart to promote a whole school approach to mental wellbeing.

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