Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

CCEMHiS offers research-informed CPD provision to support the effective leadership of the whole school approach to mental health. Our research-informed provision is based around supporting the effective leadership of the whole school and college approach to mental health. We place emphasis on developing the mental health leadership of schools and colleges so that there is sustained capacity to improve in the longer term, resulting in strengthening mental health within their wider community. We adopt a range of professional development models such as self-evaluation, coaching, facilitation, peer-learning and supported professional enquiry. As a result of our work, school leaders from our development opportunities have gone on to lead local, regional and national events on mental health as well as serve on various mental health strategic panels. Our work has enabled schools / colleges to: ● Ensure that mental health and wellbeing for all members of the school community is a strategic priority ● Improve staff wellbeing by creating positive workplace cultures and prioritising staff workload management. These developments have led to improvements in staff wellbeing and retention. ● Improve the wellbeing of pupils through creating school environments which embrace diversity and engender a sense of belonging. This has led to an increase in pupil attendance. ● Increase professional development in mental health and wellbeing which has resulted in reducing the prevalence of mental ill health in children and young people. ● Strengthened links with external services. Our CPD Portfolio includes: Senior Mental Health Lead Training (SMHL) is available for all schools and college. DfE funded grants are available to support the cost of the training. The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools is a DfE Quality Assured Provider of SMHL Training for all four levels - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert and System Leadership. Our courses are research-informed and support school leaders in being able to embed a whole school or college approach in mental health using action plan setting, developing a clear vision and having clear protocols and operational goals. School Mental Health Award A professional development framework which enables schools to quality assure their policy, practice and processes. There is also an iteration of the framework for Further Education, Boarding Schools and ITTE partnerships. Carnegie School Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Community The community is a free to join community with currently over 1,600 members. We offer CPD, peer to peer support, Book reviews, online support and other activity. Masterclasses We offer a range of Masterclasses for School Leaders to attend. Schools can access these individually or as part of a package. Themes include: • Briefing and developing my staff on mental health • Strengthening staff mental health • Engaging parents where their children have a mental health challenge • Embedding mental health in the curriculum • Developing your school mental health policy • Preparing for Ofsted inspection of mental health and wellbeing provision. • Developing coaching cultures that support positive mental health • Taking a strategic approach to evaluating mental health and wellbeing. • Re-evaluating the relationship between behaviour and mental health and wellbeing. • Leading mental health beyond the school: working with the wider community