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The Whole School Approach at St Martins

On Tuesday 19th November we visited St Martins specialist school in Alvaston, Derby to see how the school has fully embraced and embedded a whole school approach to its young people’s Emotional and Mental Health. The first thing that is apparent when visiting St Martins and speaking to the staff for the first time is […]

‘The Big Book Of Blobs’

The Big Book of Blobs, written by Pip Wilson and Ian Long, is a useful (and highly photocopiable(!)) tool for helping Primary and Secondary school children to explore their feelings. Blob characters are depicted in many different situations which can be used as a springboard for meaningful discussion on a range of issues and topics. […]

Tackling Stigma in a Primary and Nursery School

Dale Community Primary School and Stonehill Nursery SchoolDesignated Senior Lead for Mental Health: Louise Foster, Headteacher Dale Primary and Stonehill Nursery schools both sit under one Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health (DSLMH), Louise Foster, who is also the Headteacher for both schools. Before joining Cohort 1 of the programme, they were already investing in […]

Small changes make a big difference

City of Derby AcademyDesignated Senior Lead for Mental Health: Pam Bancroft City of Derby Academy (CODA) have introduced some small changes that make a huge difference to the way their school makes you feel. One of the most noticeable is the replacement of a traditional bell for between classes, which has been replaced by music. […]

Using pupil voice to re-brand school ethos and Values

Silverhill Primary School,Headteacher: Andrew Gallagher Silverhill Primary school used the Emotionally Healthy Schools Project as an opportunity to re-brand their school ethos and values around wellbeing, before moving on to developing their action plan. Andrew Gallagher, Headteacher and Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health (DSLMH) took inspiration from the quote: “They may forget what you […]