Pooky is the Director of the Children, Young People & Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. The Schools Programme training team provides evidence-based presentations and training to schools and in other youth settings.
Talks and training sessions can be run for small or large groups and can last from an hour to a whole day, depending on your requirements. To ensure the greatest possible impact we like to deliver multiple sessions in one location (eg to staff and students), to a fairly large audience or to staff from several schools. We recommend that if our trainers are speaking to your students, they should speak to your staff as well – either before or on the same day. This helps give staff confidence in having conversations that may arise as a result of the training.
We don’t charge for our training – it’s all free. However, we very much welcome donations to cover travel and other costs for our trainers. Some schools also like to raise funds for us after they’ve received training: find out more and download a fundraising pack here.
We also ask schools to help us evaluate the work we do with them.
The topic and exact content of each session will be tailored to your needs and can be discussed with the trainer. If you aren’t sure exactly what topic you want, below are some sessions that our trainers often deliver:
- Eating disorders
- Promoting positive mental health
- Developing a whole school approach to wellbeing
- Resilience and coping skills
- Exam stress
- Supportive listening skills
- How to be a supportive friend [for pupils]
We also run weekly webinars about children and young people’s mental health. They are free and you can share or adapt them however you like. Find all recorded sessions here.
If you have questions you can send us an email
CWMT Schools Programme Info
This can be useful to share with colleagues and gives a overview of our schools training. We also support staff working with children and young people in other settings.
CWMT Schools Trainers
For detailed information about each of our trainers, please click through to their page below.
Andy is a qualified teacher and youth worker with experience in both formal and informal educational settings, including at The Prince’s Trust and BEAT, the eating disorder charity.
Aileen has worked as a psychiatric social worker, delivered mental health training and also has a career in academia.
Dick has been a housemaster, English teacher, rugby coach and a headmaster, and he has a passionate interest in the emotional wellbeing of young people.
Gemma is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor at the University of Huddersfield with 20 years’ experience in the field. Prior to working in education she worked in the NHS within specialist eating disorder services as a Clinical Team Manager. She is a trainer for beat, the National Eating Disorder Charity as well as for CWMT.
Gill is a Clinical Specialist with over 25 years’ experience with CAMHS
Ian has held various roles in public health including Healthy Schools, You’re Welcome, substance misuse services and HeadStart.
Jenny has worked for several eating disorder charities and with the Maudsley Hospital since her eldest son recovered from anorexia ten years ago. She is also a trainer for BEAT, the eating disorder charity, and a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor.
After qualifying as a Psychiatric nurse in 1996, Claire worked in a variety of mental health services, both in-patient and community. She is currently undertaking a PhD that is exploring the emotional wellbeing of primary school children.
Rachel has been Director of Self Harm UK, and is founder of Freedom From Harm. She has a BA Hons Degree in Childhood and Youth, with a focus on Mental Health, and developed Alumina, an online pro-recovery programme for 14-18 year-olds.
Zoe Woodworth has nearly 10 years of working in the training, community and health sector and is an associate of MHFA England.