Heather Madsen, Headteacher of Red Oak Primary school, Lowestoft, reflects on the first meeting of the School Mental Health Specialist Design Group

A gathering of professionals from a range of backgrounds across Educational settings and specialists in Mental Health attended Parliament on Wednesday 9th October to discuss, debate and evaluate the ways in which schools could develop an accredited programme of study enabling key staff to manage and support mental health and well being within schools. Given the increased awareness and challenges Educational settings face together with diminishing local resources, increased knowledge and skills is the drive behind meeting needs as early as possible. Supported by Nicky Morgan (MP), this initiative identifies the excellent practice already taking place but also highlights other avenues.
Find out more about Minds Ahead’s work in developing a new School Mental Health Specialist role for our school by visiting this page
Heather Madsen, Headteacher of Red Oak Primary school, Lowestoft