Training for schools

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Our programme for schools and young people provides evidence-based presentations and training sessions that motivate, build confidence, inform and offer practical ideas and tools that can easily be put into practice.

Talks and training sessions can be run for small or large groups and can last from 90 minutes to a whole day, depending on your requirements. To ensure the greatest possible impact we like to deliver multiple sessions in one location (e.g. to staff and parents or staff and students), to a fairly large audience or to staff from several schools or other youth settings.

At Charlie Waller, we advocate a whole school approach to mental health.

Working in a holistic way can create a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing to benefit pupils, staff and the wider school community as well as providing evidence for Ofsted.

Whole School Approach

Our experienced, expert trainers can work with your school to introduce policies and processes to support wellbeing in a holistic way. Mental health training for staff is part of this evidence-based approach.

A designated Charlie Waller trainer with expertise and knowledge in youth mental health will provide consultation, training, and guidance to build on your strengths and help with areas for development. We will advise you on how to measure progress to show the impact of your activities.

The Charlie Waller partnership with schools is practical, supportive, and evidence-based. We will ensure achieving this whole school approach to mental health is manageable for schools and help you to deliver ‘everyday magic’ throughout the school.

We ask schools to invite all members of staff to attend and take part in the mental health training sessions: not only teaching and pastoral staff, but also librarians, cleaners, technicians, facilities and catering staff where possible.

Do you offer 'ad-hoc' training sessions?

Yes!

As well as our partnership work we are continuing to meet requests for 'one-off' training sessions. 

The benefits of our training for educators

It is widely recognised that a child or young person’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical health, social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. It is therefore fundamental for them to be able to thrive in life.

Underpinning all our work in schools is a belief in a “whole school” approach that promotes children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing using our framework of ‘the 2 Ps’: People and Processes.

Our offer aims to embed mental health and wellbeing into the school’s community in a way that fits their unique needs and priorities. It applies evidence-based approaches that promote wellbeing and see children flourish, learn, succeed, and develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience and positive mental health.

Who is the training for?

Ensuring that all organisations and communities have access to high quality mental health training is crucial to their success. Mental health training is essential for everyone as it encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, reduces stigma and creates a positive culture.

When inviting attendees to a talk or training session the event organisers should ensure that the topics are relevant to all the participants and their roles so that they remain engaged and derive clear benefits from the training.

Our courses can be developed and made accessible to those in a non-specialist mental health role including students and pupils, parents, teachers, volunteers, boards, governors, managers and employees.

Organisations should ensure that there is sufficient time and support given to those who attend the training, to have safe conversations and share questions that may arise

Pupil only sessions

If our trainers are speaking to pupils we advise that all staff should receive training on mental health as well. This ensures they have the skills and confidence to have any conversations that may arise as a result of these sessions.  

We also encourage schools to have an ongoing relationship with one of our trainers in order to support the development of the school’s overall offer of mental health support. This means the sessions delivered are not ‘one-offs’ nor the only input around mental health that pupils receive that year. 

Our trainers may ask schools for information around their PSHE curriculum, and how they are planning to support pupils before and after sessions, before confirming a booking. 

Cost

The cornerstone of our offer to schools is that it should be free of charge - this has been a key element of our offer since the charity’s inception in 1997. We are not directly funded by local authorities or CCGs, so our work is enabled through fundraising.

While we do not charge schools for our services, we do ask you to make a donation if you can. We also like to encourage schools to undertake fundraising activities for us to enable our work to continue. We are always grateful for these donations and in awe of the energy and creativity schools and individuals put into their fundraising!

As a guideline, we estimate a full day's training would cost approximately £500 per event and any donation you are able to make would be very welcome.

Training during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the current COVID-19 pandemic the Charlie Waller Trust is offering live training sessions via Zoom and Microsoft Teams on mental health topics as an alternative to face-to-face training.

 

Read more about our online training here.

Lead time

Our trainers are usually very busy, particularly at certain points within the academic calendar. To ensure that we are able to fulfil your request for training, we ask you to try to give at least three months’ notice for bookings.

Teen Brain Matters

Teen Brain Matters is an interactive 2-hour workshop with lots of opportunity for discussion. It includes a presentation on the teenage brain followed by activities for the participants.

This workshop is run for parents and carers OR for educators, with each session being adapted to the relevant audience.

The session covers the main changes in the brain during the teenage years:

  • Hormones
  • Risky behaviour
  • The social brain
  • Sleep
  • The role of parents/carers and other adults

Participants receive a practical workbook to use during the session and to keep for future reference.

More about Teen Brain Matters

We know that, other than during the first three years of life, the brain goes through the biggest change in its development during adolescence. This is a critical time in teens’ lives and as parents, carers and teachers we have a crucial role to play in helping to guide and develop them to grow into healthy and successful adults.

The Teen Brain Matters workshop combines the latest understanding of neuroscience and developmental psychology with practical strategies to help attendees understand the changes teenagers are going through, and what they can do to support them.

The workshop has been developed for The Charlie Waller Trust by Dr John Coleman OBE, a psychologist with an international reputation for his work on the teenage years.

Delivered by experienced trainers

A group of Charlie Waller Trust trainers have worked with Dr John Coleman to deliver this workshop based on his work.

Request a Teen Brain Matters session

Workshop must be booked by schools (including for parents and carers) using our training request form. Please specify when prompted that you would like a Teen Brain Matters workshop, and if applicable include the name of the Charlie Waller trainer you have been in contact with.

Read more about Dr John Coleman's latest book 'The teacher and the teenage brain'

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