The Scottish Government has put pupil health and wellbeing within the top three topics of focus for improvement across schools in Scotland, along with fundamental class subjects literacy and numeracy. This timely and interactive training course provides you with the chance to share your school’s experiences and hear from some best practice schools across Scotland on their successful strategies in supporting pupil mental health.

Learn how to embed a positive culture of mental health awareness and implement strategies of early intervention in your school. With the Mental Health Foundation reporting that 10% of young people aged between 5 and 16 years having a diagnosable mental illness, and fewer than 25% of these children receiving appropriate treatment, it’s more important than ever to focus on tackling mental health in children as early as possible.

Attend this course to gain a clear strategy on how best to support children and young people with mental health needs in your school. Return to your school with the best approach to make a positive impact on all of your pupils’ mental wellbeing and resilience.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives


David Hughes

Headteacher, Thornlie Primary School
Fellow, Scottish College for Educational Leadership
10:00 - 10:45

Creating a Whole School Approach to Prevention

  • Overview of how the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 will affect your school
  • Consider the impact of early intervention and prevention policy
  • Recognising common warning signs and supporting mental health before more specific needs arise
  • Teaching pupils to deal with stress and anxiety from an early age
  • Understand practical tips for children, teachers and parents


Rachael Hood

Families, Children and Young People's Manager for Scotland, Mental Health Foundation
10:45 - 11:15

Developing Successful Links Between CAMHS and Schools

  • Working with Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services to provide additional support for children
  • Understanding when to escalate to a third party
  • Knowing about further treatments available and how to access these


Eileen Bray

Service Manager, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:00

Case Study: Engaging with the School Community and Parents

  • Hear how best to engage internally with both teachers and pupils when promoting positive mental health
  • Learn strategies for effective engagement with parents, carers and other external agencies
  • Providing clear channels of communication between parents and schools
  • Explore how to implement meaningful training to fully engage with everyone in the school community
  • Highlighting the impact of technology and social media on children of all ages


Kevin Quinn

Deputy Headteacher, St. Andrew's Secondary School
12:00 - 12:30

Engaging Strategically with Local Councils and External Partners

  • Understand different levels of support and tools available from local councils
  • Creating and working within a meaningful partnership between schools and councils
  • Practical strategies to implement to achieve best results, prevent ill-health and combat any problems as quickly as possible
  • Ensuring effective signposting to services


Yvonne McNeilly

Policy Lead for Education, Argyll & Bute Council
12:30 - 13:00

Supporting and Training Staff

  • Raising staff awareness about identifying and reporting mental health problems in pupils
  • Overcoming challenges associated with stretched resources
  • Accessing external support for teachers and staff members
  • Learn strategies to combat teacher retention and how to ensure staff feel valued
  • Educating all staff in supporting mental health provision


Lena Carter

Head of Teaching & Learning, Lochgilphead High School
Principal Teacher for Looked After Children, Argyll & Bute Council
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:15

Case Study: Embedding a Culture of Mental Health Awareness

  • Engaging with the school community and creating change on the ground: many a mickle makes a muckle
  • Championing creativity: crucial and cost effective
  • Love Your Mind Strategy: implementing a new approach
  • Reducing stigma and creating an open space for meaningful dialogue


Anne Connor

Head of S6, George Heriot's School
14:15 - 14:45

Case Study: Implementing the Growth Mindset

  • SCARF Strategy: implementing a new approach to support pupil mental health
  • Engaging the whole school community and creating a change of ethos by equipping staff
  • Making sure every pupil is considered at each stage of development, including ASN pupils


Elaine Sykes

Principal Teacher, Mile End Primary School
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Developing a Mental Health Action Plan and Strategy to Implement in Your School

  • Learn best strategies to incorporate mental wellbeing in to pupil learning
  • Discuss and develop the current policies for mental health and wellbeing in your school and how you can make improvements to these


Jonathan Wood

Head of Service, Scotland & Wales, Place2Be
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Hilton Carlton – Edinburgh

19 North Bridge

0131 472 3000

Hilton Carlton

Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. Simply email [email protected] after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

Q: I have special dietary requirements, how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to [email protected] or call 0800 542 9440. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

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A: You will receive the joining instructions and reminders, 2 weeks, 1 week and 3 days before the course date. Please check your spam box to see whether the joining instructions were sent there, if not please call 0800 542 9440 so we can have these sent to you immediately.

Q: I can no longer attend the course, can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made at any time but must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected] with the replacement's details.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee.

Q: Why haven’t I received the speaker’s presentation?

A: Speakers presentations are sent a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or [email protected] if it has been more than a week.

Q: Will there be WI-FI?

A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

Q: Can’t find what you are looking for?

A: Why not contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected]