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Over 1,300 people from across the country registered to attend our October 2021 conference to hear people at the forefront of our schools, government, academia and elsewhere sharing their ideas.

Taking place in Children’s Mental Health Week, our free virtual conference was delivered in partnership with Tes.

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10 February 2022
Making mental health part of our everyday conversations

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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.

Making mental health part of our everyday conversations

Never has it been more important to keep the conversation around mental health going.

Our speakers included Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, Professor Peter Fonagy and Jonny Benjamin MBE, founder of the mental health charity Beyond.

We were also be joined by colleagues from the University of Cambridge, Yale University and the Department for Education.

Making mental health part of our everyday conversations programme

Professor Peter Fonagy Chief Executive, Anna Freud Centre
Jonny Benjamin MBE Mental health campaigner
Marc Brackett Founding Director of Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence

Meet our speakers

Professor Peter Fonagy
Chief Executive, Anna Freud Centre
Professor Peter Fonagy
Chief Executive, Anna Freud Centre

Peter Fonagy is the chief executive of one of the world’s leading child mental health research, training and treatment centres in the Anna Freud Centre.

He is also head of the Division of Psychology and Language Studies at UCL and a senior national clinical adviser on children and young people’s mental health for NHS England.

Marc Brackett
Founding Director of the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence
Marc Brackett
Founding Director of the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence

Marc is the founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Centre of Yale University. 

He is also the lead developer of RULER – an evidence based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by nearly 2,000 schools across the US and in other countries. Marc’s book ‘Permission To Feel’ was published in 2019 and is a valuable resource for leaders, educators, parents, students and researchers on making emotional intelligence come alive. The book draws on psychological research, educational practice and Marc’s own life experiences.

Dr Tamsin Ford CBE
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
Dr Tamsin Ford CBE
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

An internationally renowned child psychiatric epidemiologist, Tamsin Ford’s research focuses on the effectiveness of interventions and the interface between education and health systems.

Tamsin is also part of the Research Advisory Group at Place2Be and vice-chair of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Jonny Benjamin MBE
Mental health campaigner
Jonny Benjamin MBE
Mental health campaigner

Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner and founder of youth mental health charity, Beyond.

Having been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder at the age of 20, he began sharing his story on YouTube and now speaks publicly about living with a mental illness.

Lakmini Harkus
Headteacher at E-ACT Greenfield Academy
Lakmini Harkus
Headteacher at E-ACT Greenfield Academy

Lakmini Harkus joined as headteacher of E-ACT Greenfield Academy in Bristol in 2020.

Growing up in Knowle, Bristol, our children face levels of deprivation among the highest in the country. Under Lakmini’s leadership, the academy has an unwavering focus on the wellbeing of staff and children no matter their backgrounds.

Professor Claire Hughes
Psychology, University of Cambridge
Professor Claire Hughes
Psychology, University of Cambridge

Claire Hughes has been Professor of Developmental Psychology at Cambridge since 2012.

She is Deputy Head for the Psychology Department at the University of Cambridge and Deputy Director of the Centre for Family Research. Claire’s research interest is in autism and hard-to-manage preschool children.

Helen Amass
Commissioning Editor – teaching and learning, Tes Magazine
Helen Amass
Commissioning Editor – teaching and learning, Tes Magazine

Helen is the commissioning editor for teaching and learning content at Tes Magazine. 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. 

With arguably the most active community of teachers in the world, Tes has been providing an invaluable service to schools for over 100 years.

Prior to joining Tes, Helen was a secondary English teacher at a Hertfordshire school.

 

Emma Martin
Educational Psychologist, E-ACT
Emma Martin
Educational Psychologist, E-ACT

Emma Martin joined E-ACT in September 2018 as an educational psychologist in Bristol.

Emma supports six E-ACT primary academies and Launchpad, a specialist therapeutic and early intervention setting in Bristol. Prior to joining E-ACT, she worked for two local authorities and has extensive experience as a senior educational psychologist.

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