Recently the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, the Charlie Waller Institute and Reading University joined forces to run a conference about the latest research about mental health in schools.
It can be tricky to make academic research feel usable in the classroom, but I think that all of the speakers did a great job of conveying the latest research in a meaningful way and providing inspiration and ideas for those working directly with young people in schools and other organisations.
Pooky Knightsmith – What next? Putting Theory into Practice
My session wrapped up the day and was about putting theory into practice and explored how we can embrace the use of evidence informed practice in school. If you don’t have time to watch all the sessions, you might find my session useful as I tried to cherry pick from everything else that had been shared throughout the day.
Shirley Reynolds – Starting as we mean to go on: Improving mental health and well-being in schools
Neil Humphry – Are the kids alright? Exploring the intersection between education and mental health
Mick Cooper – School-based counselling: A review of the evidence
Jess Deighton – Developing evidence-based approaches to monitoring mental health and well-being in schools
Lord Layard – Are our children happy at school?
Time to Change young champions shared their stories:
We ended the day with a panel discussion which included everyone who had spoken throughout the day (and looked a lot like we were about to commence a game of musical chairs!)
You may also be interested in the series of podcasts that were recorded to support the day:
You can access presenters’ slides and also view a wide range of research posters that were shared on the day here.
A huge thanks to colleagues at Reading University who made the day possible and spent a huge amount of time planning. I hope that you find the content useful – please do leave a comment with any feedback (good or bad) you have – and also let us know if you’d be interested in us running similar events in the future.