Our 5 Steps seminar series
The Anna Freud Centre has launched its free 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework, which is an evidence-based tool which supports you to decide on your own approach to mental health and wellbeing in 5 simple steps.
This framework was created to help schools and FE colleges develop a consistent approach to wellbeing that considers the needs of pupils, staff, the importance of leadership, and the role of the community.
The 5 Steps are Leading Change, Working Together, Understanding Need, Promoting Wellbeing and Supporting Staff. Each of these steps includes two-six practical actions that educational professionals can take to make sure that promoting mental health and wellbeing is integrated across the whole school or college curriculum.
Since October 2020 we have hosted five seminars based on each of these 5 Steps, bringing together expert panels of speakers to discuss these themes. To re-watch the seminars or to download the presentations please click on the steps below:
Seminar recordings 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.
- 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?
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Working Together
This seminar, chaired by Director of the Schools Division, Jaime Smith was the fifth of the 5 Steps series and focused on the step: Working Together.
Our keynote speaker for this seminar was Hannah Stolton, CEO of Governors for Schools, who talked about the importance of the role that Governors have in promoting mental health in schools and FE colleges.
The seminar also included a presentation by Andy Cooke, Service Delivery Manager for Pupil Support Services at Telford & Wrekin Council, and Stephen Taylor, Founding Headteacher of the Pears Family School.