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Where next?

Thursday 7 October 2021, 9.30am-4.00pm
Free to attend

The question of where we need to be on mental health is one that schools have long been tackling.

Today, we remain in the shadow of COVID and the question of where next is more important than ever.

By taking a microscopic look at practice both in and out of our sector, we share ideas and the most current thinking on mental health with anyone who demands more for their communities.

Partnered with TES

Connecting and supporting more than 13 million educators globally, Tes is one of the largest and most active communities of school teachers and leaders in the world.

Did you know?

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
1 in 10 children reported as having a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder
70% of children have not had appropriate interventions at an early age
75% of all education staff have faced mental health issues in the last two years

The agenda

By sharing a platform with people at the forefront of our schools, we address the reality faced by many within our sector.

We will also hear from the most important names in government, academia and elsewhere sharing their incredible insights and experiences.

This isn’t just about now nor is it a one-off conversation. We aim to present the reality faced by schools and to bring people in our sector together to address challenge collectively.

Mental health in schools – where next

Professor Willem Kuyken Director, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre
Sir Anthony Seldon Former Headmaster of Wellington College
Dominic Herrington National Schools Commissioner
Professor Helen Dodd Professor of Child Psychology, University of Exeter
Jaime Smith Director of the Schools Division, Anna Freud Centre

Meet our speakers

Willem Kuyken
University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre

One of the world’s foremost mindfulness experts, Professor Kuyken is a Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science and director of the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre. 

Professor Kuyken has been awarded the May Davidson award for outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology and was made a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is currently leading a five-year study with the Wellcome Trust on the benefits of using mindfulness practices in schools.

Sir Anthony Seldon
Former headmaster and political historian

A transformative headteacher and radical reformer, Sir Anthony pioneered wellbeing and happiness classes at Wellington College in 2006. He is of the firm belief that there is no more important task for schools than teaching wellbeing.  

At the core of wellbeing lessons is the idea that children leave school knowing more about who they are, what they want to do with their lives, how to manage and look after themselves and how to relate well to others and to their environment around them.

Ms Jaime Smith
Schools Division, Anna Freud Centre 

Jaime has worked in education all her life, starting as a secondary school teacher in London and working in local authorities to support children excluded from school.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools programme was established at the Anna Freud Centre under Jaime’s direction as was the Schools in Mind Network which has now engaged over 29,000 schools’ professionals.

Professor Helen Dodd
Child psychology, University of Exeter

Professor Dodd has been a prominent figure in the @playfirst campaign for schools to prioritise children’s play throughout the pandemic. She has an interest in the psychological benefits of free play, time in nature and time outdoors. 

Professor Dodd holds a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship, which funds a program of work examining the relationship between children’s play and mental health. She was recently officially recognised by the British Psychology Society for her outstanding contribution to developmental psychology.

Dominic Herrington
National Schools Commissioner

Dominic Herrington was appointed the national schools commissioner in 2019. He and his team of regional schools commissioners work closely with school leaders, teachers and governors to achieve the best education system possible for all children in England. 

Dominic was previously the regional schools commissioner for south east England and south London and has also led on a range of policies and programmes at the Department for Education including specialist schools, school improvement and 14 to 19 reform.

Matthew Hopkinson
Department for Education 

Matthew Hopkinson is policy lead for pupil physical and mental wellbeing at the Department for Education.

Matthew leads policy on school approaches to pupil wellbeing support, anti-bullying and PE and school sport.

Janet Leighton
Director of Happiness, Timpson retailer

Timpson was one of the first big companies to recruit a director of happiness, a position Janet has been in since 2004.  

Timpson has over 2,000 outlets in the United Kingdom and Ireland and has regularly featured in the top 10 of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Jon Severs
Editor, Tes News

Jon is the editor of Tes News. A household name in education, Tes is one of the largest professional communities in the world, connecting and supporting more than 13 million educators globally.

The source of the latest education news and advice, the Tes website attracts over two million visitors per month. With arguably the most active community of teachers in the world, Tes has been providing an invaluable service to schools for over 100 years.

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