Case study: Our MA has helped Headteacher Kerry Hill to promote and champion positive mental health amongst her pupils, staff and the school community

"(...) I don't want robots in my building, I want people who care, who feel and love what they are doing. And that it just means that we have to support the whole person in terms of the staff member, just as we have to support the whole child."

What difference did it make to study the Masters in School Leadership of Mental Health?

Talking about the impact of our MA in her approach, Kerry says:

“The learning and development gained from the Masters has given me the confidence, as a school leader, to try new things to positively enhance my school…

We have designed a bespoke curriculum, underpinned by learning from the masters course incorporating resilience, neuroplasticity and cognition theory to support child and learning development across our school. It is genuinely helping to transform our whole school approach.”

Eyres Monsell Primary School is the first school in the country to be awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools

Eyres Monsell is committed to supporting and developing the positive mental health and well-being of their school community (including pupils, staff and parents).

At Eyres Monsell, mental health is defined as: “…a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

A whole-school approach to mental health

Drawing from a disadvantaged catchment within the lowest 10% deprivation nationally; mental health, well-being and mindfulness are at the heart of the school’s work and culture to support children to overcome barriers and grow as individuals – within and beyond the school gates.

In 2018, after five years in post as Head teacher, the school received a Good grading at OFSTED – the first in its history having previously been graded as Requires Improvement or Special Measures.

In 2018 the school was ranked in the top 10% of schools nationally for its Key Stage 2 results.

The school has a strong ethos linked to mental health and well-being, being the first in the country to be awarded the Gold Status for the Carnegie Centre of Excellence’s Mental Health in Schools’ award.

Masters in School Leadership of Mental Health and Wellbeing: the next cohort starts in September 2021

It’s time to empower education professionals to support the mental health needs of the whole school community. School leaders taking our qualification develop the confidence and skills to effectively support mental health needs of pupils and educators.