The Anna Freud Centre has launched its 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework, a simple, free and interactive tool to help schools and colleges 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 Change, Working Together, Understanding Need, Promoting 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.

For more information about the rest of the seminars in the series click below.

Please contact for any queries relating to the 5 Steps or our seminar series.

Seminars and materials

Leading Change

This seminar, chaired by Professor Peter Fonagy, was the first of the series and focuses on the first of our 5 steps: Leading Change.

Our expert speakers include Dr David Frost, a national expert on teacher leadership. Together the panel explore the link between leadership and mental health, and offer insights into how schools leaders can go about creating a culture shift to embed whole-school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Download the presentation slides.

Read David Frost's blog post - 5 Steps: Leadership for mental health in schools.

Understanding Need

This seminar, chaired by Jaime Smith, is the second of the series and focuses on the step Understanding Need. 

Our expert speakers include Professor Jessica Deighton, (Professor of Child Mental Health and Wellbeing, UCL; Director of Innovation Evaluation and Dissemination, AFNCCF; Director of Evidence Based Practice Unit, UCL & AFNCCF) and Nick Tait (Programme Manager, Child Outcomes Research Consortium, and previous Headteacher).

Together they discuss how schools and colleges can assess and meet the mental health needs of their pupils and students, and consider some of the following questions:

1. How do you identify pupils at risk?

2. How do you measure and monitor the wellbeing of your pupils?

3. How do you develop and measure interventions available to support those pupils?

Download the presentation slides.

Download the Using measurement tools to understand pupils’ mental health needs resource.

Download seminar Q&A.

Read Dr Rebecca Somerfield's blog post - 5 Steps: Understanding mental health need in schools.

Supporting Staff

This seminar, chaired by our Chief Executive Professor Peter Fonagy, is the third of the series and focuses on our step: Supporting Staff

Our key note speaker for this seminar was, Education Support's CEO Sinéad Mc Brearty, who talked about school staff wellbeing based on research conducted by Education Support.

The panel also included The Anna Freud Centre's Lesley French who focused on the Trispace service for schools, and how using a mentalization approach can help support school and college staff; and Conny Brandt from Peterhouse School, who spoke about the benefits of surveying staff to understand need and develop support.

Download the presentation slides.

Read Sinéad Mc Brearty's blog - 5 Steps: Supporting staff wellbeing in schools.

Promoting Wellbeing

This seminar, chaired by our Chief Executive Professor Peter Fonagy, is the fourth of the series and focuses on the step: Promoting Wellbeing. 

Our key note speaker for this seminar was Jonathan Baggaley, Chief Executive of the PSHE association who talked about how pupil wellbeing can be promoted through the curriculum via PSHE education.

The seminar also included a presentation by Dr Lili Ly who spoke about the role of Education Mental Health Practitioners and how they can help to support wellbeing in schools. We ended the seminar with a presentation by Michelle Roddy, Assistant Headteacher & Director of Wellbeing, Safety and Resilience and Chris McCormack, Headteacher from St Bonaventure’s school who talked about how they have implemented a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing which mirrors our 5 Steps Framework.

Download the presentation slides.

Read Jonathan Baggaley's blog - 5 Steps: Promoting wellbeing in schools.

Working Together

This free seminar will take place via Zoom on Thursday 29th April 2021.

Click here to book your place.

The seminar will be chaired by Professor Peter Fonagy, and is the fifth and final seminar of the 5 Steps seminar series. This seminar will focus on: Working Together

The panel for this seminar will include: Hannah Stolton, CEO of Governors for Schools, Stephen Taylor, Founding Headteacher of the Pears Family School, and Andy Cooke, Service Delivery Manager for Pupil Support Services at Telford & Wrekin Council.

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