Insights, news and case studies

Here you will find the latest evidence-based infographics and blogs on mental health in schools and colleges and relevant case studies and information about how important is it to have qualified mental health support for the whole school community.

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Kerry Hill

Kerry Hill is a headteacher and education consultant. In 2018 her Primary School was the first in the country to be awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence’s Gold Status for

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Jo Broad

Jo Broad has been working in the interests of Children, Young People and Families for over 25years on projects promoting Social Inclusion, Creativity, Learning and Wellbeing. After an earlycareer in

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Walter Brennan

Walter Brennan has 23 years’ experience as a mental health nurse. He has extensive experience of delivering mental health training to a wide range of audiences. He has written more

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Erica Hedges

Erica is a qualified therapist working with children and young people in both mainstream and SEND schools. As a Dramatherapist, Erica uses a range of creative techniques such as stories,

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Mick Atkinson

Mick Atkinson qualified as a Social Worker and has extensive experience of working in the field of children and young people’s mental health. Having worked for 25 years in the public sector,

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Gaby Croalla

Gaby has worked in all types of schools as a senior leader and in Local Authorities for 20 years in a variety of roles, being responsible for high quality teaching

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Mark Holmes

Mark entered education after a career at the Environment Agency, and taught Lower Key Stage 2 in a Bradford Primary School where supporting the mental and emotional health of pupils

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Sajda Butt

Sajda is the Director of SB Training and Consultancy, where Sajda leads on offering consultancy to organisations looking at service design and delivery, setting up and facilitating focus groups and

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Claire Wong

Claire has a wealth of experience after graduating with a degree in Criminology and spending the last 17 years working on the Social Emotional Behavioural agenda within schools, working with

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Steve Upton

Steve has worked for the past 32 years in a wide range of primary schools in Essex and Milton Keynes with a variety of roles and responsibilities including 9 years

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Janet Goodliffe

With 15 years’ experience as an Assistant Headteacher, Janet is well-versed in the challenges leadership teams face in the rapidly changing educational landscape. Her last school was the top performing

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Lucinda Powell

Lucinda has been teaching Psychology on and off for 15 years and has an MA in Special and Inclusive Education.  In recent years she has been working with nurture groups

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Bob Craig

Bob is a freelance trainer, coach, consultant and therapist with over twenty years experience in learning and development contexts as an English teacher, curriculum manager, and learning and development manager. 

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Dominique Zakkour

Dominique is an experienced Community Nurse Specialist with demonstrated history of working within the NHS, in school nursing and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services positions. She is skilled in

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Adam Gillett

Adam is our Learning and Development Specialist who, as well as working for Minds Ahead, is Assistant Principal: Student Ethos and Safeguarding at a large (1,800 students) secondary in Barnsley.

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Claire Sewell

Claire recently returned from Thailand after a four-year period teaching at an international school in Bangkok where she was the Head of Learning Support, SENDCo and DDSL.  She is passionate

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Eve Warner

Eve is our Learning and Development Assistant and supports with our social media efforts and communication with applicants to the School Mental Health Specialist.  She is currently studying Marketing and

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Dr Geraldine Strathdee CBE

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, C.B.E. O.B.E, Royal College Psychiatrist of the Year in 2012.  Her current experience includes the following roles: National Clinical Director for Mental Health based in NHS England; Medical Director for

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Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001. After serving as a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, he was appointed Minister

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Dean Johnstone

Dean had a difficult childhood which resulted in him attending seven different schools. Despite that, his potential was noticed and he was nominated by his teachers to apply for the

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