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Supporting Mental Health, Positive Behaviour and Well-being: sharing best practice in education.

Laura Miles painting of people

Photo courtesy of Laura Miles - laura@get-wisdom.co.uk

Worcestershire Children’s Services, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the University of Worcester’s Institute of Education jointly hosted a conference on Monday 16th March.

The Conference was opened by the Head of the Institute of Education, Ann Jordan, who welcomed around 130 professionals from across the region.

Brahm Norwich, Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, gave an opening keynote lecture on policy perspectives in the areas of mental health and well-being, and linked this to the need for classroom-based research into support for children and young people.

Peter Harworth, Group Manager for SEN/LLD Inclusion and Assessment in Worcestershire, outlined key issues for regional consideration and introduced leaders from local schools to share best practice.  Later, Matt Stiles, Manager of the Social, Emotional and Mental Health team in Solihull, led group discussions of case studies in order to enable delegates at the conference to share their own experiences and practice.

Laura Miles, from Get Wisdom in Norfolk, reflected on her personal experience of facing mental health and well-being issues whilst in formal education, and identified key areas for consideration and further development.  Drawing on her current experience as a social worker, Laura brought together key themes from the conference in a very engaging and challenging session.

Throughout the day participants had an opportunity to meet with representatives from local specialist services, who brought displays, and to discuss the Worcester Children’s University.

Dr Richard Woolley, Head of Centre for Education and Inclusion at the University of Worcester said: “This was a wide-ranging conference that explored theory, policy, best practice and our own experience. There was a real buzz to the event as colleagues shared their questions and experiences, and the range of expertise represented was very significant.”

The Institute of Education offers a wide range of postgraduate and professional courses, including the National Award SENCo (NASC) and the MA Education (Special and Inclusive Education).

For further information or to request a prospectus please contact the CPD office on 01905 855056 or email cpdeducation@worc.ac.uk