Developed to meet the recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion, the All on Board training supports staff in developing partnerships with parent and carers.

"A study looking at the societal cost of mental health problems by the London School of Economics showed that the societal burden of mental disorder is 90% borne by schools... I think it's inevitable that the solution has to be found in changing the way schools operate to deal with mental health problems more efficiently. For me, the Pears Family School is one of these key innovations" - Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre

Two things seem true: Mainstream schools can only be more inclusive if they have access to more expertise and more resources to deal with students with complex needs; and AP schools can only increase reintegration with a greater skill and knowledge base, increased targeted support and improved partnerships with local schools.

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Our training is designed to support school professionals and to enhance existing quality provision. Our training team is made up of people who have current, on-going experience of working in mainstream and AP schools as well as consultant psychotherapist experience in mental health and systemic family work. We are committed to the view that there are no easy answers when dealing with complex and challenging behaviours; that building relationships at all levels will always be central to good practice; and that there are systems and approaches which we can always learn from to improve outcomes. Our training, based on a model of family intervention with a 30-year track record, has been developed and codified at The Pears Family School over the last 6 years and trialled in local AP and mainstream schools. We have now secured funding to offer the training to mainstream schools nationally.

The All on Board training consists of two twilight sessions (dates as stated) that run from 4pm to 5:30pm. Delegates must attend both twilight sessions.

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Aims of the training

The training aims to support inclusion and reintegration by:

  • Increasing the capacity of mainstream to deal with complex need
  • Providing a means by which school staff can create a systemic formulation for children at risk of exclusion
  • Creating a structure to communicate formulation-driven targets to TA and teachers
  • Stimulating positive and functional engagement with parents/carers and other family members
  • Providing a range of contexts to create change in parent and carer engagement and understanding of their child’s difficulties
  • Giving schools the opportunity to reflect on the complex web of professional provision and resources around mental health and inclusion and hone a coherent approach
  • Bridging the gap between the language used by education professionals and mental health professionals to describe their practice with children
  • Developing consistency of approach between communities of schools.
Contact information

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  • Two twilight sessions (1hr 30 minutes each) plus access to self-guided resources

The Anna Freud Centre brings together those with a stake in the mental health of children and young people. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive a bi-monthly e-newsletter and occasional updates about the Centre's training and events. 

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