Leanne Connelly


Millbrook Primary school


Leanne has been a teacher for 25 years specialising in Early Years and Forest school. She obtained her level 3 practitioner in 2009 and became a Trainer in 2013. Through this training her journey into learning about mental health and wellbeing in education began. When she took the role of Assistant Head in 2018 her responsibilities also included becoming the DSL and Pastoral Care Lead. There was an increasing demand to support parents, families and children with diverse needs so Leanne trained in Lego, Art, Play and Grief therapy and disseminated this to staff to be implemented within school in all key stages. She implemented a Forest School programme which ran within school ensuring every child in the school received a session each week. This had positive impact on behaviour and learning as well as the emotional intelligence with both children and staff and have supported schools in delivering the same programme in their setting. Building on this and with the increasing demand for 1.1 counselling in school, she embarked on qualifying as an Integrative Counsellor and will complete this in January 2022. This will enable her to deliver 1.1 support for parents and families who need it. She continues to deliver Forest School Training to schools and other organisations and in June this year took the role of Mental health and Wellbeing Coordinator in Tameside. 

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