Half of all lifetime mental health illness begins by the age of 14. Schools have a vital role to play in prevention, spotting early warning signs, and supporting good mental health and wellbeing for all children and young people.

This essential conference brings together primary schools, secondary schools and mental health experts to offer a range of practical approaches and showcase best practice from schools leading in this area.

The event – hosted jointly between leading publications Children & Young People Now, Headteacher Update and SecEd – takes place at Maple House, Birmingham, B4 6TB on Friday 29th June 2018.

The government green paper, Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision, contains a raft of measures intended to support all professionals to detect problems early and improve the speed at which young people receive treatment.


Keynote sessions will provide:

Update on progress and ambitions of the children’s mental health green paper

Practical ideas and trusted resources for developing a provision and ethos that better promotes the mental health of every learner

In-depth look at the Mental Health First Aid in Schools programme


Seminars will cover:

  • The evidence base of positive psychology and resilience, and how to build relationships and develop the attitudes, skills and experiences that promote good mental health
  • Offering pupils time and space to talk to be true to themselves, and the challenges this brings
  • The role of child development and neurodevelopmental difficulties in shaping provision
  • How building resilience and emotional wellbeing within schools can improve learning outcomes
  • Empowering young people to take control of their emotional health and wellbeing through mindfulness
  • Working with parents through a whole-family approach to wellbeing
  • Delivering mental health support to pupils from a team of professionals  
  • Meeting the needs of individual children
  • Age and stage-appropriate wellbeing provision in education



This event is designed for those working in primary or secondary education as well as the wider workforce, and is relevant to:

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy headteachers
  • Senior leadership team members
  • Heads of year
  • Pastoral leads
  • Subject heads
  • SEND professionals
  • Classroom teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • School nurses
  • Local authorities
  • Education advisors
  • Governors
  • Local authority children’s and families’ services
  • Commissioners of services
  • Youth service leaders
  • Early help teams
  • Counsellors and therapists
  • CAMHS professionals
  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Public health professionals
  • Children’s and young people’s charities