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The following Cross-Phase opportunities are available:

Managing Difficult Conversations 

Due to the popularity of this course, the Minster Teaching School Alliance is pleased to be able to offer a second twilight training session on the subject of Difficult Conversations. The two hour workshop will include:

  • Key features to bear in mind when planning a difficult
  • conversation
  • Key strategies to use in a difficult conversation
  • What to do if the difficult conversation does not have
  • the desired impact
  • Sharing examples of challenging behaviour and
  • practising the difficult conversation

The session will be aimed at staff with a middle or senior leadership responsibility, although would be relevant to all staff leading others in schools.

Date: Thursday 11th October 2018

Cost: £35 per person

For every two paying participants per school (or family of schools of 100 pupils or fewer) we are offering one additional fully subsidised place.

Early Bird Offer for Alliance Members only - £30 pp if booked by Friday 20th July 2018 (3 for 2 offer still applies)

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Mental Health First Aider Course

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. 

What will I learn? 

The two-day Mental Health First Aiders course provides an in depth understanding of  specific mental health issues and covers four main units:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self-harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as  cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. 

Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Each and every MHFA course is delivered by quality assured instructors. 

How will attending a Youth MHFA course help? 

The course will increase awareness of young people’s mental health. The two day course will allow you to develop practical skills to identify a range of mental health issues and support a young person to get the help they need. 

Youth MHFA in education

We believe that the most effective way to safeguard young people and foster whole school wellbeing is to train a blend of staff in all schools. 

Pilgrim School and Ash Villa School will be running this  two-day Youth MHFA course at the Minster School, Southwell on 18th and 19th July 2018.  

The cost per delegate will be £250, to include refreshments and course materials. 

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Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues in a Mainstream Setting 

This workshop is aimed at teachers and support staff from primary and secondary schools. We are seeing increasing numbers of students experiencing poor mental health at a time when the services traditionally available to support these young people are less accessible. This workshop, delivered by two experienced practitioners, aims to give colleagues in mainstream schools a range of practical strategies to support students.

A two-hour workshop will include:

  • The local and national context
  • Common mental health issues affecting young people
  • The kinds of behaviours linked to mental health issues
  • Practical tips and strategies for teachers to use to support students
  • The chance to work on a strategy or individual case study for your own school

We will be offering a second date during the Autumn Term 2018.

Cost: £45 per person

EARLY BIRD OFFER FOR MEMBERS ONLY - £35 PP (date to be confirmed)

Please email Trish O'Malley to register your interest.