Delivering Mental Health training to members of AIM Alliance Schools
It is a sad fact that the need to provide emotional and mental health support to students and staff is increasing whilst resources to provide it are reducing. As such AIM Alliance Schools, of which London Academy is the Lead School, are delighted that eight of our members are benefiting from the Place2Be's 'Mental Health Champions' Programme funded by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
The programme draws on 20 years of experience to deliver strategic support to School Leadership Teams. The Teams take steps towards becoming 'mentally healthy' school communities through four key steps:
- Undertaking a school-based audit
- Identifying priority areas for improvement and developing plans to achieve this
- Developing effective communications with the relevant bodies for effective referrals
- Considering how wider staff teams can be empowered to advocate for children’s mental health
Earlier this week 18 members of staff from across the alliance met for the first full day’s training on a course which will run to March. The staff involved were keen to undertake the course, with one commenting, “I am hoping that the training will increase my knowledge around the mental health needs that some students may have. I hope the insight provided will assist me to break down some of the barriers that may prevent our students from achieving their full potential.”