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Mental Health Update

April 2022 

This year school has been working hard to improve our Mental Health provision even further. The focus has been on increasing capacity for early identification and support. We are very excited to share with you the following updates on the many successes we are already celebrating.

Please see the table below for a summary of our current Student Mental Health provision. The focus this year has been increasing capacity for early identification and support. We have been working closely with MH England, York University and Leeds Beckett to determine the best approach for this.  

Nat Adams | Student Mental Health Lead

Mental Health First Aid Youth Training 

  • The PTA provided funding for MHFA Instructor training. 
  • This means school can now offer this MHFA Youth training course at cost. 
  • We have currently trained 16 x members of the pastoral team and 16 x members of the Student Leadership Team.  
  • School is now committed to increasing the capacity for this so we can get more staff and students this valuable training. 
  • It is hoped that by the end of this academic year 1 in 5 staff will have this valuable training. 

SLT Mental Health Drop ins and referrals 

  • The SLT are about to launch a lunchtime drop-in session for Year 11 students and a PBT referral system so they can start working with students and apply their MHFA training.  
  • This will initially be a trial for a four-week period after which they plan to launch this to the wider school with more Post 16 students being trained to support. 

Mental Health Champions 

  • 16 x Year 12 iLeaders were given the one-day Mental Health Champions training  
  • This course enables students to go back champion mental health in their designated support areas. i.e PBT, LGBT+ Safe space, antibullying groups etc… 
  • The group is now preparing PBT, assemblies and wellbeing activities for National Mental Health Awareness Week in May.  

Mental Health lessons 

  • In Term 1 we worked closely with York University’s Psychology department on mental health provisions in lessons.  
  • Using the most up to date research, in liaison with one of the professors and three masters’ students we have devised a series of lessons to support students Mental Health. 
  • These are being worked into the CSI and Cz programme 
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