Delivering and evaluating effective mental health and wellbeing interventions in school: applying learning from HeadStart’

Schools across the country are working to improve mental health and wellbeing but learning is not being systematically captured and shared.

In this two-part course (9th and 23rd March) you will learn about the experiences and findings of the Headstart Programme, and how these can inform the development of support for mental wellbeing in your school.

The HeadStart programme took a ‘test and learn’ approach, and strategic investment from The National Lottery Community Fund allowed theory, research and best practice to be applied in interventions and approaches in six local areas.

In this course, we will consider planning, delivery and evaluation of support, and the benefits of taking a ‘test and learn’ stance.

Themes will include:

  • peer support models
  • student engagement and voice
  • supporting parents
  • multi-agency approaches
  • working with the wider community

For each theme we will share approaches taken by local partnerships and reflect on their experiences and learning from implementing each type of activity.

Participants will benefit from case examples and practical ideas for interventions, complementing the development of a whole-school approach. 

Participants will learn to:

  • apply recent learning to their school context when developing a whole-school approach to mental wellbeing
  • plan wellbeing support and intervention that draws from evaluation research and implementation learning
  • integrate monitoring and evaluation into planning and delivery.

Who is this training suitable for?

Staff in schools who support mental health and wellbeing including senior mental health leads (SMHL); SENDCOs, pastoral support teams. (Prior attendance at SMHL training is not necessary, however the training has been designed to complement this and other AFC courses.)

This online training is in two parts:

Part one - 9th March 2023

Part two - 23rd March 2023

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Nick Tait and Rachael Grant

Programme Manager and Regional Officer

CORC's Programme Manager, Nick Tait and one of our Regional Officers, Rachael Grant will take you through this Headstart Training. You can view more about each individual here:

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