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School Leaders

Reducing barriers to learning.

School leaders, including both the SLT and Governing body, must be fully on-board to create a supportive and fulfilling culture at a school in regards to its staffs emotional and mental health. This section contains hints, tips, and ideas for school leaders.

   Anna Freud – Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have put together a series of useful resources and guides designed to support School Leaders in embedding support for staff wellbeing. You can view their staff wellbeing booklet here: ...Read more

   Build Back Childhood A really interesting read: Before the pandemic, a child’s health, wellbeing and life chances were powerfully shaped by the circumstances of their birth. The pandemic has painfu...Read more

   Derby Inclusion Conference… 5 weeks to go

Get your place booked... Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Inclusion Leaders, Behaviour leads, Senior Mental Health Leads, SENCos, Teachers, Governors. ...Read more

   DSMHL Network dates

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   Establishing a Wellbeing Committee

Successfully establishing and maintaining an effective Wellbeing Committee can be vital in embedding a culture of support in relation to the emotional and mental health of school staff. An effective Wellbeing committee can be a vehicle for positive change and constructive feedback. The...Read more


There is still time to book if you haven't already: Derby city schools and local organisations you are invited to join us for our InclusionConference. It aims to celebrate and share local expertise that are building in Derby city,supporting schools to be inclusive. ...Read more

   Mental Health Masterclasses We are launching our Masterclasses, a series of online webinars covering a variety of topics, from Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum to Emotional Intelligence.  ...Read more

   Now that’s what I call leadership – Free Webinar

Come and join a LIVE webinar with the amazing Peter Anderton - where he will cut through the noise around leadership and reveal the two rules EVERY leader needs to know. ...Read more

   Questions for school leaders and governors

Below are a number of useful questions for School Leaders and Governors to consider when implementing policies, procedures and guidance relating to the emotional and mental health of their staff. They cover topics are such as Governance, confidence, support, training and a whole schoo...Read more

   School Workload Reduction Toolkit

Managing staff workload is a vital strain of any school culture that actively engages with and supports its staffs emotional and mental health. This toolkit is a set of practical resources for school leaders and teachers to help reduce workload, produced by school leaders, teachers and...Read more

   Senior Mental Health Lead’s

If you haven’t yet claimed funding for the training of mental health leaders in your school, there is another opportunity to do so this year. This funding is in addition to the previous Opportunity Area funded training and Derby schools are encouraged to use this DFE opportunity to train addit...Read more

   Staff mental health in education toolkit

People are more and more aware of the need to support children, young people and those in education with their mental health. But working in education can have its intense demands and pressures too. Whether in colleges, schools or universities, it’s important to look out for staff and...Read more

   Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development

Effective professional development for teachers is a core part of securing effective teaching. It cannot exist in isolation, rather it requires a pervasive culture of scholarship with a shared commitment for teachers to support one another to develop so that pupils benefit from the highest quali...Read more

   Workload and Wellbeing Action Plan

Successfully embedding Workload and Wellbeing Action Plans for your staff can be vital in cementing a culture of support in relation to the emotional and mental health of school staff. Effective Workload and Wellbeing Action Plans can be a vehicle for continuous progress, quick identification of...Read more