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Training and Development

Reducing barriers to learning.

Ensuring effective training and development for staff in a school environment is vitally important to staffs own personal and professional development, the development of the children and young people in the school, and the health of the whole school community.

Please be aware that this page is updated as regularly as project staffing allows. If you know of any training that should be listed here, please contact us as:


It's not too late to register:

We will be joined by some amazing speakers to highlight the importance of Anti-Bullying Week & the need to spread the One Kind Word message



Did you know kindness can help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing? Research shows that being kind has clear benefits for our mental health. Find out more about what these benefits are from the kindness matters guide

Mental Health Foundation
   5 Steps Seminars

NB: Anna Freud

The Anna Freud Centre has launched its 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework, a simple, free and interactive tool to help schools develop a whole setting approach on their own terms. We will be holding five seminars throughout the year based on each of the steps: Leading ChangeWorking TogetherUnderstanding NeedPromoting Wellbeing and Supporting Staff.

Our latest 5 Steps seminar - Promoting Wellbeing was held on Thursday 4th March 2021.

Click here to download the presentation slides.

Our next seminar will be 5 Steps: Working Together on 29th April. Click here to book your place.

   A range of great Derby websites

Continue to provide support for the important work underway in schools to support staff, pupils and families in schools. Each of them has live resources and a rolling programme of supportive activity and training for schools. Visit them to see what’s available:

   Anna Freud – Seminar

Anna Freud has helped to train thousands of educators to become Senior Mental Health Leads in their schools and colleges. They have arranged a free seminar to hear about how it's going, the challenges and how SMHLs can help transform the next generation's mental health!

   Anna Freud NCCF @AFNCCF

In 2023 Anna Freud are running free training for school staff on delivering and evaluating effective mental health & wellbeing interventions in schools!

Book your place now:

   Boundaries, Rest and Letting go

NB: EducationSupport

We’re bringing together a panel of experienced #teachers, #HR leads and #mentalhealth experts, who will give advice and tips on:

*Setting boundaries

*Making time for rest

*Letting go of work

Tickets and more info:

   Can we make prevention in mental health really work?

The Transformation Seminars are a series of free online events where we contemplate the future of children and young people’s mental health. Join us as we ask some of the most eminent names in mental health: what would most contribute to a transformation of our approach to mental health?

The case for prevention and early intervention in mental health is well established and the potential benefits in health and economic terms are frequently stated. Yet, progress in the widespread implementation of effective prevention is slow and challenging.

There are multiple reasons for this, and in this talk Professor Paul Ramchandani wants to discuss some of the hard truths and challenges we face if we are to make prevention a reality.  Including, but going well beyond the Child and Adolescent Mental Health system.

The next one is on 2 November and you can book your place here:

   Compassion and Wellbeing in Education Day

An exciting opportunity with UK and Worldwide leads.

Click to book:

   Derby City Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

“Securing a strong mental health and wellbeing culture for your pupils and staff”

Tuesday 15th March 2022 9am-3.45pm at Pride Park Stadium DE24 8XL

This conference is for Designated Senior Mental Health Leads, Senior Leaders, Pastoral Staff, Learning
Mentors, SENCOs, Teaching Assistants and key partners and stakeholders. The cost is free for
Designated Senior Mental Health leads (including supply costs) and £50 for all other practitioners.
Key-Note Speakers include Nina Jackson -the importance of staff wellbeing and Tamba Roy - the importance of children and young people's wellbeing.
Schools will learn best practice to install a wellbeing culture in school that is pro-active and the means to feel positive about your school approach. Sessions will provide information about positive evidence-based practical strategies to help promote the mental health and wellbeing of the school community and the local provision on offer to support the prevention and early intervention of mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Contact with enquiries.

   Derby Inclusion Conference

Get your place booked...

   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.

   Derby OA Inclusion Conference & Showcase

Schools are invited to attend the following conferences. Places are funded through the OA Inclusion Programme so they’re free to attend and schools are welcome to bring along several members of staff including Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Behaviour Leads, SENCOs, Pastoral Leads, Governors, Trustees, Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

OA Inclusion Conference and Showcase
Thursday 5th May, Pride Park Stadium

Booking link: OA Inclusion Conference (

Join us for a morning of networking where we will showcase the work of the OA Inclusion Programme, share our social impact research, launch our Inclusion Charter and look ahead to the future vision for inclusive schools.
Keynote Speaker: ‘Tune in and hear me’ Dr Carrie Grant MBE, Broadcaster, Vocal and Leadership Coach and Campaigner.

   Don’t forget to book on….

Derby City Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

Securing a strong mental health and wellbeing culture for your pupils and staff

Tuesday 15th March 2022


Pride Park Stadium DE24 8XL

Key-Note Speakers:

Nina Jackson -the importance of staff wellbeing Tamba Roy - the importance of children and young people's wellbeing


Schools will learn best practice to install a wellbeing culture in school that is pro-active and the means to feel positive about your school approach.

Schools will be aware of a range of positive evidence-based practical strategies to help promote the mental health and wellbeing of its school community.

Schools will be aware of the local provision on offer to support the prevention and early intervention of mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Who should attend?

Designated Senior Mental Health Leads, Senior Leaders, Pastoral Staff, Learning Mentors, SENCOs, Teaching Assistants and key partners and stakeholders

Cost: Free for Designated Senior Mental Health leads (including supply costs) £50 for all other practitioners

Plus FREE virtual training for all Midday Supervisors and Mental Health Governors

To book your place at the conference please contact Jayne Hadfield at Please note bookings will close on Friday 18th February

   DSMHL Network dates
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We have dates planned for future Designated Senior Mental Health Leaders Training for your diaries. These will all be held on MS Teams.

Wed 12th October 2022 – 1pm to 2.30pm

Wed 14th December 2022 – 1pm to 2.30pm

Fri 3rd  February 2023 – 1pm to 2.30pm

Fri 17th March 2023 – 10am to 11.30am

Wed 17th May 2023 – 1pm to 2.30pm

Fri 30th June 2023 - 10.30am to 12pm*

* this may change to possibly a day – considering face to face celebrating good practice day – will be confirmed.

Agendas will be sent out nearer to each date. To book places on any of these dates email

   Five ways to increase your happiness in 2022!
Art of Brilliance


Come and join our amazing webinar led by the Brilliant Doctor of Happiness, Andy Cope.

You will hear tips and techniques to help you be more positive and motivated. In short, we will remind you how to be your best self.

Andy is a sought-after keynote speaker and authority on employee engagement, wellbeing and human flourishing.

Andy studied happiness for 12 years for his PhD, so has an extensive knowledge of the subject.

So come and have fun and join in a thought-provoking session and put that extra spring in your step!

   From Mental Health to Mental Wealth

At the art of brilliance their NEW Wellbeing Award can transform your team’s mental health! They want people to feel confident, resilient, creative, motivated, empathetic, agile, & who have real purpose in their lives. This programme equips them! Full details here:…#wellbeingaward


   Funded training opportunities

NB: Derby & Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing NHS Derby & Derbyshire CCG

These exciting virtual training opportunities are for Derbyshire and Derby City Professionals working with children and young people, and are fully funded by NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG

To book a place on any of the sessions, please visit the website

   Have you booked on yet?
   How can teachers get the most out of relationships with the parents and carers of their students.



Register for our free webinar for practical tips from a fantastic panel of experts:


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 Inclusion
Conference. It aims to celebrate and share local expertise that are building in Derby city,
supporting schools to be inclusive.

click here

Inclusion Conference flyer Values into Action.pdf (

   Inclusion Training
Inclusion Charter - The Derby Direction

Calling Derby City Schools, have you booked your place yet?

Relational, Attachment and Trauma informed classrooms
7 day course, starting Thursday 5th October 2023
This course takes relevant concepts from neurodevelopmental research and attachment theory, brings them into the classroom, and empowers school staff to apply this knowledge to the teaching and learning process.
Click here to view the full flyer:

   Mental Health and Well Being

Below is a quick link signposting to all the NHS recommended Mental Health and Well Being organisations that are used in Derbyshire.

   Mental Health First Aid Training Available

Derbyshire County Council have launched new training dates to increase awareness, knowledge and skills across Derbyshire.

There are two Mental Health First Aid courses available, one for supporting adults and one for supporting young people. Youth courses are available free of charge, with Adult courses available at a subsidised rate for Derby City Schools.

You can find more information about the range of courses here or get in touch with us using the contact us page.

   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.

   Mental Health Masterclasses



Please note there is a cost for the masterclasses.

   Mental Health Podcasts


Check out the 'Let's Talk: Mental Health' podcast brought to you by @mentalhealth. They have got together with different people & experts to chat about mental health. Available wherever you get your podcasts


   Mental Health Training

This is primarily focused at staff and volunteers who aren't qualified mental health professionals. It reflects a whole-system cross-sector workforce approach to prevention and support, and reinforces that mental health is everyone's business.

Follow the link for a number of free courses:

   Mental Health Training

Mental Health Training for FREE.

These training courses teach individuals how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

The training is delivered both face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) course.

The youth Mental Health First aid courses teach the skills and confidence to help spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. The adult Mental Health First aid courses are suitable for individuals whose role may include provision of support to adults who may have emotional distress, be at higher risk of mental health difficulties, or who have experience of mental health problems. Participants must be over 18 to attend our courses.

Mental health awareness course

This is a half-day course designed to increase skills and confidence of staff and volunteers. It gives participants a general awareness and understanding of mental health, including addressing stigma, and an overview of resources and services.

The course is suitable for public-facing roles that require general mental health awareness or as an introduction to the topic of mental health. It's currently available as a virtual (online interactive) course only.

Suicide awareness and prevention

This training course builds general awareness and understanding of suicide, addresses stigma, provides details of resources and services and equips you with related skills. It's suitable for people who may come into contact with vulnerable individuals at risk of suicide.

It's currently available as a virtual course only. The course consists of a combination of individual e-learning and a half-day group virtual (online interactive) training session. The e-learning consists of 3 short modules which take approximately one hour to complete in total and which must be completed prior to attending group virtual (online interactive) training session.

Suicide bereavement training

Funded by Joined Up Care Derbyshire, this virtual (online interactive) training is for staff and volunteers from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, working in either Derbyshire or Derby.

Follow the link for more details:

   Mind Derbyshire


Derbyshire Mind are bringing you a week free activities focusing on nature and mental wellbeing.

Please get involved and book tickets to the activities that interest you.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

   National Autism Trainer Programme Conference in autistic mental health

Do you work with autistic people? Join Anna Freud's conference to learn how the National Autism Trainer Programme can improve how you work with autistic individuals!

• Free

• Tuesday 30 April, 12:30

• Online For anyone interested in autistic mental health.

   Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024

Have you got all your resources ready?

Have you registered for the free events?

   Non-attendance Training

Derby City Schools

Emotionally Based School Non Attendance
3 day course, cohort one starting Wednesday 18th October 2023
This course is for infant, junior and primary schools and develops an understanding of the impact on students who are having severe difficulties attending school, how to identify those at risk of developing difficulties and how to help them.

   Now and Beyond – Have you signed up?

Now and Beyond annual, virtual (and free!) mental health and wellbeing festival for educational settings is back on 7th February 2024.

Sign up now!

   School Mental Health Specialist -DFE Assured

@Minds_Ahead - Train whilst you work.

When we researched the School Mental Health Specialist programme, we found that headteachers want to have a member of staff on site, working for them as a part of their team, trained in #mentalhealthsupport.

Read more

Why School Mental Health is important right now. Calling all teachers and support staff! Learn more about this DfE assured qualification for schools and colleges. Get the brochure, and enquire now.

School Mental Health Specialist – DfE assured

   School Mental Health Specialist Qualification


On-site School Mental Health Specialists are well placed to help reduce inequalities by providing early intervention and tailored support. Download a brochure to find out more about this role:…

   Senior Mental Health Lead Training

A two-day online training course for senior mental health leads, helping you develop a sustainable whole-school approach to mental health.

The CPD-accredited course combines the expertise of Anna Freud Centre’s clinicians and tutors with a knowledgeable community of practice. 

Book your place:

   Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Did you know the Department for Education is offering a grant of £1,200 for eligible state-funded schools to train a senior mental health lead? Schools can now claim a 2nd grant if the trained lead has left the setting.
Don’t Miss Out! Click here to claim your grant now!

   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 additional staff.

Please click here:

   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 quality teaching. The thousands of professional decisions that must be made every day need to be informed by the best evidence, knowledge and professional wisdom.

Please see the standard here:

   Story Stem Assessment Profile Training


A great training opportunity to learn how to use the story stem assessment profile to gain insight into how children aged four to nine perceive family roles, attachments, and relationships using a non-intrusive approach. Follow the link for course details.

   Suicide Bereavement Training for Derby & Derbyshire – FREE ONLINE


Joined Up Care Derbyshire have commissioned Harmless to deliver half day Suicide Bereavement training sessions online for staff and volunteers from a broad range of statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, working within Derbyshire county and City.

Please note that you must work with people in Derby/shire in order to meet eligibility criteria for this free training session

This course is designed to enable participants to effectively explore and understand the following:

- The magnitude of suicide bereavement

- Suicide loss as a unique form of complex bereavement

- 'Complicated grief', trauma, and other individual responses to suicide

- The wider impact of bereavement on those exposed to or affected by suicide

- The stigma and shame associated with suicide and bereavement

- Bereavement by suicide as a unique risk factor for suicide

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   Talking about anxiety – Free Seminar

Have you booked on yet?

This is an opportunity to attend a free seminar about anxiety in children and young people and practical tips for addressing it with a panel of experts on May 22nd 16.30-18.00.  The seminar is provided by Anna Freud.

   The Kindness Principle Conference For Derby City Schools

Delivered by Dave Whitaker

Free to attend for Derby City Schools. Thursday 30th June 2022 Pride Park Stadium

Use the link to book your place;

   The Wellbeing Workout kicks off today at 4pm……
The Wellbeing Workout is designed as a mental health ‘6-pack’. The 6 webinar programme is designed to equip you with knowledge, skills and know-how to upgrade to ‘best possible self’ more often... and it starts today at 4pm.

The Wellbeing Workout is hosted live via Zoom - Today's session features Dr Andy Cope, presenting "The Art of Being Brilliant - Your Wellbeing Launch Pad". The session starts at 4pm and will be available on catch-up tomorrow.

   Transforming school cultures through Relationships and Sex Education

Young people are telling us, in local ( RSE Portal Survey) and national (Sex Ed Forum RSE Poll)  research, that the RSE they receive is’ not yet helping them to navigate the realities of their lives’( quote from Ofsted  Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges 2021).

This session will support schools to explore effective pedagogy in RSE that helps to increase young peoples’ meaningful engagement and fosters inclusion of their everyday experiences.

The session will be led by Dr Emily Setty, University of Surrey, who will share her expertise from research and resource development with young people in schools.  This will include learning from the guidance document Guidance for Schools on Designing and Delivering Safe and Effective RSE – Transforming School Cultures (
For secondary schools outside of Derbyshire there will be a cost of £55 per delegate.

   Upcoming FREE webinars on mental health in school and colleges​

Webinars for teachers, school and college leaders

   Upcoming training opportunities


Overcoming Mental Health Stigma in Muslim Communities (45 mins online – Monday 25th March 10am, Thursday 28th March, 1pm or option to be sent resources and recording of the session) KoothTalks for local service professionals: overcoming mental health stigma in the Muslim community. (

How you can support your child to manage exam stress (45 mins online – Monday 22nd April 1pm, Thursday 25th April 6pm or option to be sent resources and recording of the session) KoothTalks for parents and carers: How you can support your child to manage exam stress (


Developing an understanding of Child Sexual Abuse – Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March 9.30am-4.30pm both days – online via Zoom.

NSPCC Developing an Understanding of Child Sexual Abuse Training March 24 Tickets, Tue 26 Mar 2024 at 09:30 | Eventbrite