Booking Deadline: Fri March 15 2019

A Whole School approach to supporting mental health and well-being


Good mental health and well-being greatly increases our ability to learn and take in new information. Good physical health is assumed to be an important part of our daily lives but mental health often can be forgotten.

When we are in a good place emotionally and socially our mental health and well-being can be nurtured and supported. It allows us to face life’s challenges, make confident life choices, feel good about ourselves and learn confidently.

Since the publication of the final version of the SEND Code of Practice in 2015 schools have been looking at ways of supporting children and young people with their social, emotional and mental health needs.

This course goes one step further and looks at developing a whole school approach to supporting mental health and well-being by including all staff, parents and the wider community in the process.


What is mental health and well-being?

Why is this so topical?

Why is it important for schools to address SEMH needs?

Mental Health and well-being of pupils

Mental health and well-being of staff

Mental health and well-being of the wider community

Learning Objectives

A whole school approach to supporting mental health and well-being

Using the Mental Health Standards

Developing a Mental Health Policy

Tools and resources

Specialist support

About the Presenter

Lorraine Petersen OBE

Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and Head Teacher. From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

As a result, Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs and the teachers, SENCOs and support staff that work with them.

During her time as CEO of nasen, Lorraine worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership (formally the Teaching Agency) and UKTI. She has been a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences (that as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations).

In 2009 Lorraine was awarded an OBE for her services to education.

In 2010 Lorraine was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Education Research Awards and in 2013 the Outstanding Achievement Award at BETT

In 2013 Lorraine established Lorraine Petersen Educational Consultancy and currently works independently, delivering training and supporting schools and local authorities with their SEND policy and practice.

In 2015 Lorraine successfully completed the IPSEA SEN Foundation Legal Training and has been appointed as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester.

In 2016 Lorraine became an Advocate of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Lorraine is currently Director of Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance and is a Governor at Chadsgrove School.

Lorraine has recently undertaken training to become a Mental Health First Aider Instructor.


The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF

Event Details

Mon 1 Apr 2019

10:00 - 16:30

The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF

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Delegate Pricing

NASS Member
£ 160.00

Associate Members
£ 180.00

Non-NASS Members
£ 210.00