Emotional health & wellbeing

Wellbeing in Education Conference

On 25th March 2019 Portsmouth we held our first Wellbeing in Education Conference at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel. Our keynote speaker was Natasha Devon, Body Image and Mental Health Campaigner.   The conference was aimed at headteachers, governors, wellbeing leads in schools and colleges, pastoral staff, SENCos, ELSAs and a range of professionals who work alongside schools and colleges to support emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.  If you require resources from the conference please contact Sarah Christopher.

Meeting the emotional and wellbeing needs of children and young people is crucial, not least in order for them to be able to learn effectively. We believe that wellbeing, both for children and young people, and for our teachers and leaders, needs to be at the heart of all that schools and other education settings do.

Mental health problems cause distress to individuals and those who care for them. Overall, it is estimated that one in ten children and young people have a diagnosable mental disorder – the equivalent of three pupils in every classroom across the country. Therefore schools and colleges are a vital part of a wider systems approach to promoting positive mental wellbeing and preventing mental illness in children and young people.

There is good evidence that a very real difference can be made to the life chances of children by intervention at the very first sign of symptoms. Promoting wellbeing and building resilience have unequivocal benefits to the long term outcomes for children and young people; this gives universal settings a moral duty to make this a priority.


A Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education has been published, building on the strong work already being done in many schools and colleges across the city. The Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education highlights the fact that in many schools and settings a lot of good practice is already in place. An increased level of awareness of the resources available and a co-ordinated approach across the city will enable other schools and post-16 providers to rapidly build on and develop their own practice to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Copnor Primary School

The implementation of the strategy is a key element of the Portsmouth Education Strategy and will be led and overseen by the PEP Inclusion Group. This is most effective through developing a whole school approach which builds resilience and help to combat stigma.

Building resilience and reducing stigma – misconceptions about mental health and the fear of stigma prevent many young people from seeking help early. The strategy reinforces the need for a shared language and culture around mental health; and the delivery of high quality PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) across all schools. Further information can be found in the PSHE pages

Whole school approach – developing a culture of positive emotional health and wellbeing which is owned by the school community recognising that everyone in an education setting has a role in supporting wellbeing. This includes the development of a joined up approach within schools and across schools to ensure opportunities are not missed, duplication is avoided and information can be shared.

Wellbeing and Resilience Implementation Plan Sept 17

Case Study: Highbury College

Highbury College develops student resilience in a number of ways, including embedding a skills competition culture in our curriculum areas. They are a longstanding national partner and international participant in the WorldSkills UK programme. Over recent years a number of Highbury students have made it through to the national finals in Birmingham where they have competed against their peers from across the UK in very challenging skills competitions. They have had national success in Construction, Computing and international success in Web Design competitions.  They would welcome the opportunity to share our experience in this field with local schools.


Over a third of schools are now actively involved as trailblazers to embed restorative practice across Portsmouth. This builds on an existing strategy led by the Multi Agency Teams to adopt a Restorative Practice model of working based on strong evidence that restorative practice in schools can make a real impact on behaviour, attendance and bullying.

Cottage Grove Primary School

Within the next three years, it is expected that all schools and colleges and academies across Portsmouth will have embedded the Restorative Practice approach. At the heart of restorative approaches are strong and positive relationships between adults, between adults and pupils and between pupils themselves.

Tom Procter-Legg has produced some interesting articles on becoming a restorative school on the TES website. Take a look below:

How to become a restorative school – Part 1: The case for embracing it

How to become a restorative school – Part 2: How to get it right

How to become a restorative school – Part 3: Tackling the Challenges

On 3rd January 2018, an article in the Guardian was published which highlighted how restorative justice in UK schools ‘could help reduce exclusions.’ Click here to read more.

Portsmouth’s first Restorative Practice Conference was held in March 2019. Staff and pupils from Highbury College, Mayfield School, Fernhurst Juniors School shared some the great work that they are doing.

Overall Presentation

Transforming Difficult Conversations Workshop

Breaking the Cycle of Shame Workshop

Restorative Justice to Restorative Practice Workshop

Restorative Schools Network

This area of the website is password protected. Please contact Sarah Christopher  if you would access to the Restorative Schools Network.


Bullying remains one of the top concerns that parents have about their children’s safety and wellbeing; preventing and tackling bullying is fundamental to promoting wellbeing. Portsmouth’s Anti Bullying Guidance and Resource Pack for Schools (January 2018) provides a comprehensive range of information, resources and contacts to help schools develop effective anti-bullying practices.  Further information is also available from The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board.

Anti-Bullying Week 12th-16th November

Resources are available to download from:

Anti Bullying Alliance

Anti-Bullying work needs to be ongoing as part of a whole school. Events such as anti-bullying week are a good way to further raise the profile of this work.

Portsmouth’s Anti Bullying Strategy 2018 – 2020 has been recently revised and approved by the Anti-Bullying Steering Group.


Stonewall publish a  number of excellent resources for schools.

These include:

Getting Started: Celebrating Difference and Challenging Gender Stereotypes in the the Early Years Foundation Stage

Getting Stated Toolkit (Primary Schools): 5 key steps for preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in primary schools

Getting Stated Toolkit (Secondary Schools): 5 key steps for preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools

Celebrating Bi Inclusion in Secondary Schools

An Introduction to supporting LGBT Young People.

All of these resources are available to download from https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/education-resources

Stonewall also have information on LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sex Education here: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/relationships-and-sex-education

Locally, we have produced Portsmouth Trans Inclusion Guidance for Schools and Colleges .

This guidance aims to:

  • Increase the confidence of staff in effectively supporting trans pupils and students or those that are coming out as trans or are beginning to question their gender identity, by providing an introduction to trans identities and the issues trans children and young people may face
  • Provide information that will allow schools to feel confident that they are complying with the Equality Act 2010 and anti-bullying guidance in relation to trans children and young people
  • Highlight areas to consider when developing whole school policy and practice that will allow trans children and young people to achieve at school and help to eradicate transphobic discrimination and bullying.

Please see Appendix 1 of the guidance for details of local and national support or contact Sarah Christopher

The importance of creating a supportive environment where young people can feel safe and be themselves is illustrated by this account from one of the Peer Mentors at the 4U project.


In order for staff to effectively support pupils in their learning and development, they need to feel they are themselves supported and are given training to support emotional health and wellbeing, planned as part of a whole school approach.

The SEMH Offer to schools and colleges outlines the support and training available from agencies across Portsmouth.

Information on Local Training Courses:

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance

Online Training:

MindEd for Professionals and Volunteers offers free and completely open access online education in over 300 topics. The e-learning is applicable to a wide range of learners across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. The aim is to provide simple, clear guidance on children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and development to any adult working with children, young people and families, to help them support the development of young healthy minds.

MindEd for Families is useful for parents or carers who are concerned about their child or who want some hints and tips on parenting? It has online advice and information from trusted sources and will help parents and carers to understand and identify early issues and best support your child.


Please find the leaflet for our new Family Support Project, which will work with families impacted by parental alcohol misuse.  The team is now in place and ready to accept referrals.

If you would like to find out more information about their offer, how to refer, or would like someone from the team to visit any staff meetings, please contact them via the number on the leaflet.

Family Support Project -Leaflet

Service Guide – Professionals and The SEMH Offer to schools and colleges outline the services available and how to access them

Professionals are also encouraged to contact the (CAMHS Single Point of Access) SPA for advice and professional consultation.

Most schools in Portsmouth have trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) who provide additional support for pupils and receive supervision from the Education Psychology Team. Many ELSAs work with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) to providing on-going support in schools following or pending a CAMHS referral.

Early Help and Prevention:

The integrated Early Help and Prevention Service has been established to provide targeted support for those families who need help to strengthen their functioning and improve outcomes, but haven’t met the threshold for statutory service provision. The integrated Early Help and Prevention Service will deliver the healthy child programme which includes individual work, group work and Early Help Plans so as to improve healthy behaviours, relationships and lifestyles.

Teen Discussion Groups -Winter 2019

Triple P Discussion Groups – Winter 2019

Embedding Early Help for vulnerable young people in education outlines the relationship between schools and Early Help.

U Matter is a service for young people aged 11-25 who lives in the Portsmouth area (postcodes PO1 to PO6). It is a service that offers early help with problems before they get too big.

Under 18’s Mental Health Guide.

Service Guide for Parents 2018

Service Guide Poster for Parents 2018 

Behaviour Management Early Help available in Portsmouth for families of children and young people

Simon Says provide support for loss and bereavement. They are able to help schools with: training, advice on individual cases and situations, emergency visits to school following a traumatic death, workshops for pupils as part of PSHE and setting up a bereavement support group.

Portsmouth Young Carers Service: Focused Work with Schools and Colleges
Portsmouth Young Carers Service are currently offering all Secondary Schools and Colleges in Portsmouth the opportunity to book a range of ‘Team Around the Worker’ support. This will initially take the form of free staff training sessions, together with opportunities for the delivery of assemblies and support to set up Young Carers Groups within our secondary provisions. More information can be found here.
Portsmouth Young Carers Service are also offering Primary Schools in Portsmouth the opportunity to take part in free twilight training sessions during October 2019. More information can be found here.


The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership
Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership (PSCP) replaces the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board (PSCB) and will:

  • Develop policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority.
  • Communicate to persons and bodies in Portsmouth the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children 
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the PSCP partners 
  • Participate in the planning and commissioning of services for children in the area of Portsmouth to ensure that they take safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children into account
  • Undertake reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned. 
  • Ensure there is a coordinated response by the PSCP partners and others to an unexpected death
  • Engage in any other activity that facilitates, or is conducive to, the achievement of its objectives

The PSCP will be working closely with our neighbouring Local Authority areas (Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight) on key strategies, while maintaining separate action plans. We will have a joint Independent Chair, and will collaborate to review child deaths, ensuring that learning is shared more broadly. We will also share our online policies and procedures.

We will also continue to provide a local multi agency training offer. More information about the training available to school based staff is available here.

If you are worried about a child, or are concerned about an on-going issue involving a child, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) directly on 0845 671 0271.

Further Information:

Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) Offer

SDAS Newsletter April 2018

SDAS Portsmouth referral form 2018 

Domestic Violence referral pathway 

MARAC Referral Form

PIP Referral form & DASH Risk Assessment  

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence between children in schools and colleges

Home Office: Child exploitation disruption toolkit

Advice for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads

This is advice is provided by the Department for Education (the department). The focus is sexual violence and sexual harassment between children at school and college. For the purposes of this advice, a child is anyone under the age of 18. It provides advice on what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk of it occurring and what to do when incidents occur, or are alleged to have occurred.


As part of our commitment to ‘child centred policing’, Hampshire Police has worked in partnership with education experts and youth practitioners to develop Safe4me, a web-based resource and information library providing support to schools, partner agencies and parents with keeping children and young people safe and informed about current risks they may face growing up.

Designed as a one-stop shop, the free to use website provides a range of subject specific toolkits and sections consisting of useful content such as pre-prepared lesson plans and ideas, activities, advice and additional information from credible organisations; features include news pages, campaigns, service directories and opportunities to share information or get involved in initiatives.

Ongoing development means that Safe4me will consistently evolve according to risks, demand and need, ensuring it remains current and credible at all times. It is important to future development and the overall of value of Safe4me that users have the opportunity to input their knowledge and expertise to the site, inviting users to share relevant information and resources they feel would be of value to others.

Please consider using Safe4me in the work you do with children, young people and their families, signposting colleagues to the site and encourage parents to refer to the relevant support section to help them, where needed, keep their children safe and informed.

Support and assistance is available Monday to Friday from the police education team via the Safe4me contact page. www.safe4me.co.uk

Prevent in Education: A Portsmouth Perspective

New Zealand March tragedy:

 New Zealand Tragedy Primary

 New Zealand Tragedy Secondary

Discussing a terrorist attack with primary children

Discussion framework to be used in the event of a terrorist attack – July 2016


What is the Prevent Strategy?

  • Prevent represents one strand of the Government’s counter-terrorist strategy known as CONTEST.
  • Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
  • Since July 2015, school and a range of other public bodies have a legal responsibility to give due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
  • This is known as the Prevent Duty as is part of a school’s wider safeguarding role.
  • Prevent mythbusting
  • The overall role of schools in safeguarding children is set out in the Government’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education

What are your Prevent Strategy responsibilities?


What support is on offer?

  • Training: for staff or sections of staff so that they are confident in their ability to understand, recognise and refer vulnerabilities that can lead to radicalisation
  • Curriculum: design and mapping to create safe spaces for discussion on extremist narratives and allow challenge to sources of information; support on the implementation of British Values; support on establishing digital resilience
  • Outreach: support and advice to specific individuals on safeguarding policies, current legislation and compliance with OFSTED requirements; risk assessing, auditing and action planning
  • Signposting: to classroom resources for teachers; websites and resources and contacts within the community

Contact: [email protected]

Best Practice of the Prevent Strategy in Schools

  • Effective leadership and management
  • Robust safeguarding policies that include referral pathways
  • Well trained and confident staff
  • Relevant curriculum and embedding of British Values
  • Confident and empowered pupils who think critically and are resilient to all forms of extremism
  • Good Practice in Schools

Prevent Resource Pack

Prevent: A Portsmouth Perspective
Suggested areas for Prevent self assessment
Why is the Education Sector vital?
Good Practice for Schools
Channel: A One Minute Guide

Prevent Bulletins

For further information or to arrange an appointment email John Webster.


The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published its latest guidance report, ‘Improving Behaviour in Schools’

Misbehaviour in schools is not a new issue. And while most pupils in most lessons are well-behaved, it’s a major cause of stress for teachers which also has a lasting impact on the outcomes of the pupils in the class.

The EEF has produced this latest guidance report which aims: to support senior leaders to promote positive behaviour in schools, based on the best available evidence we currently have.

It offers clear and actionable recommendations in three key areas:

  • Preventing misbehaviour happening – eg, by providing breakfast clubs
  • Dealing with bad behaviour when it does happen – eg, using personalised approaches like daily report cards
  • Consistency and coherence in school behaviour policies.

Effective Parental Engagement-a handbook for schools

The Impact on learning of parents who are well engaged in their child’s education has been shown to be one of the most significant factors open to the influence of schools. United Learning has produced this Parental Engagement Handbook to help schools maximise this impact. It contains a review of the research literature pointing to the elements of successful practise in this area, case studies exemplifying these from within the group, and a series of practical tools and information to support parents in working with their children.

Anna Freud Centre
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s charity dedicated to providing training & support for child mental health services. Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust 
The CWMT provides training and resources including downloadable booklets for professionals, parents and young people.

Diversity Role Models
Diversity Role Models works with senior leadership teams and staff to embed LGBT+ inclusion into their school’s policies, practices, curriculum and culture. Their Pathways to LGTB+ inclusion project, which is fully funded by the Government Equalities Office, has been designed by education experts and teachers to support schools in starting their journey towards being LGBT+ inclusive.

Family Learning:
The Community Learning Service seeks to secure a high quality community learning programme which meets local need. The programme will focus on widening participation, developing communities, improving health and wellbeing, increasing skills and supporting personal progression. Family Learning gives the opportunity for parents to come and learn new skills. For part of the session parents and children will work alongside each other. The provision is free of charge to schools, the only request being that schools provide us with a teaching space and refreshments to offer to their parents. They offer a range of courses and bespoke programmes

Mental Health Guides for Parents

These guides have been Co-Produced by parents and professionals in the Future in Mind Co-Production group.

Mind Ed
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
• MindEd for Families
• MindEd for Professionals and Volunteers

Portsmouth Local Offer
For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability

Public Health England
Measuring and monitoring children and young people’s mental wellbeing: a toolkit for schools and colleges.

Sex Education Forum
Conference: Final countdown to statutory RSE – 29 November 2019, London:
This second autumn flagship conference from the Sex Education Forum is designed to support primary and secondary teachers leading or teaching RSE and PSHE,  heads and SLT, pastoral staff, youth workers, school nurses and local authority RSE leads. Keynotes from Professor Emma Renold and Nazir Afzal OBE will address both the practical and political dimensions of implementing high quality RSE, and a selection of exciting workshops will support your continuing professional development. Early bird rates are available until mid-September.

Training for local school RSE advisors:
A new ‘Train the trainer’ style training and support package is available from the Sex Education Forum which provides training for local authority (and similar) advisors who want to provide intensive support with RSE to selected schools in their areaThe training equips advisors to be confident users of the Government RSHE guidance, along with skills and tools to coach schools through a change process leading to high quality RSE provision. Advisors attending the training are provided with a school audit tool which facilitates school action planning, and advisors participate in an action learning set so that they can build a network of peer support in their role.
Enquiries to Lucy Emmerson: [email protected] and see further details of Sex Education Forum support and training available to commission nationwide here.

Solent NHS
A–Z information sheets for parents/ carers and young people.

Talk to Frank 
A to Z list of substances explains appearance and use, effects, chances of getting hooked, health risks and UK law. Includes information on peer pressure,

Think U Know
Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for children, young people, parents/ carers and professionals.

Wessex Healthier Together: Free health advice for parents
For information and advice to help you deal with an unwell child visit www.what0-18.nhs.uk. This website is designed to improve the health of children and young people in Hampshire, Dorset & the Isle of Wight. It has advice on what service your sick child might need, whether they’re well enough to go to nursery/school and information on children’s medication. It also has useful videos for young children to help explain what to expect in places like a GP surgery or when they’re seen by the school nurse, and has easy to understand information and advice on health issues for teenagers.

Young Minds
Audit tools, training materials to develop academic resilience and other resources .


3rd September 2018

Dear Wellbeing Leads,

I hope you all had a good summer and have managed to get a break.

Please find below information on:

  • Diversity Network
  • Anxiety Management-  Training the Trainer
  • Managing Anxiety
  • Support for Loss and bereavement
  • Portsmouth Pride

I would like to start by reminding you that we are launching a Diversity in Education Network on Thursday 6th September from 3.30-5.00pm. This will take place at Charter Academy and an agenda is attached. All are welcome, if you have not already done so, please let me know if you are planning to attend this meeting. If you are unable to join the meeting on 6th September but would like to be on a distribution list for updates and invites to future meetings then please do let me know. [email protected].

CAMHS Training Courses:

Anxiety Management groupwork training

There are a few places still available on this course, which will equip delegates with the skills and resources to be able to deliver group work and support pupils experiencing anxiety. Further details are attached. The first session is on Thursday 13th September. Contact [email protected] to book a place.

Managing Anxiety and Self Harm

Thursday 22nd November

This course will equip staff with the skills and confidence to work with young people who are suffering with anxiety or who are self-harming, details are attached.

Supporting Loss and Bereavement:

I have been in contact with Simon Says. They are able to help schools in the ways below:

  • write a bereavement policy which will mean if they ever find themselves in an instance where a child, staff member or family member is diagnosed with a terminal illness or suddenly dies they already have thought about the way the school will react and have a guideline to follow in an extremely emotional and turbulent time.
  • We train staff, whether it is the whole school as part of an INSET day or a smaller team to feel more confident supporting bereaved pupils and talking about death and bereavement in the classroom environment, training is tailored to a schools individual need but tends to cover

1)     What Simon Says does

2)     How bereavement impacts children

3)     How to help families get involved with Simon Says

4)     Models of grief and how to use these with children

5)     How to talk to children about death at an age appropriate level and their developmental understanding

6)     How to support bereaved children

7)     Practical activities to use in the classroom to explore death and support bereavement

8)     Practical activities to use with bereaved children (including our school resource pack and how this could be used to set up a school bereavement support group)

  • We are able to give advice on individual cases and situation
  • We offer emergency school visits especially if a death has been particularly traumatic i.e suicide or murder
  • We can run workshops for pupils as part of a PSHE focus to get them talking about bereavement
  • Support schools in setting up their own bereavement support groups

If any school wants to know any more information then please feel free to contact Emma Clewer, Education Lead, Simon Says [email protected] .  As they are a small charity they do make a small charge of between £50-£300 for training depending on the number of people and duration in order to cover costs.

Portsmouth Inclusion Conference: Thursday 11th October, Valuing Diversity. To book your place visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Portsmouth Inclusion Conference

Portsmouth Pride: Portsmouth Pride takes place on 15th September with a parade from the coffee cup in Eastney to the bandstand, meeting at 10.15 for at 10.45 start. This will be followed by an event at the bandstand. Portsmouth Education Partnership are proud to be supporting this event. I have just ordered a new banner for the parade and would love to be joined by staff and pupils from our schools and colleges. We will also have a PEP/ Teach Portsmouth stall at the bandstand so do drop by and say hello.

Please note this email has been sent to the contacts that I have as named wellbeing leads and copied to Head teachers. Do let me know if there are any changes to the named wellbeing lead in your school. Please cascade this information to all relevant staff in your setting.

This and all wellbeing updates are available from  https://www.portsmoutheducationpartnership.co.uk/services/emotional-health-and-wellbeing/#sub_section_1149 the password to access these is PEPMEMBER.

I wish you all a healthy and successful term

Very best wishes


5th June 2018

We are delighted to have published our Trans Guidance for Schools and Colleges. This is available on the PEP website and a copy is attached for your information. Hard copies are being printed and will be send to all schools and colleges.

There are still some spaces available on our next 2 day Restorative Schools Training course. This takes place on Monday 18th and Friday 29th. Delegates are expected to attend both days. This training is funded by PCC and there is no cost to schools. Please contact me by Thursday 7th June to book places on this course.

Young People ‘Fixing’ Anxiety Issues: We Want to Get On,

Highlighting issues faced by young people living with the most common mental health problem in the UK, We Want to Get On offers a unique insight into their lived experiences and will provide policy makers with a powerful resource for understanding their lives through their voices; because the real experts are those who know the most – the young people themselves.

You can read a copy of the report here:


9th May 2018

Dear colleagues,

The DfE published a series of documents yesterday Supporting Mental Health in Schools, which includes a number of case studies and may be of interest to you.

I have attached the summary; a link to the full publications is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-mental-health-in-schools-and-colleges?utm_source=bfa777dd-e9c7-4bc3-9930-4ec181bf5140&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Restorative Schools: The next Restorative Schools Network Meeting takes place on Wednesday 23rd May 3.30-5.00pm at Mayfield School. I will send out an agenda for this meeting next week.

21st February 2017

Supporting young people with Anxiety:

CAMHS colleagues are offering a training programme on worries management. This would entail a member of staff (such as an ELSA) attending 4 sessions and would then provide them with the programme and resources to be able to deliver a controlling worries group in school.

Please note this is not to replace any existing support from CAMHS who will continue to run groups and provide face to face support for young people. It is an additional offer which will should mean that pupils with less severe anxiety who may not meet the threshold for CAMHS, or may otherwise face a long wait, will be able access support sooner from trained staff in schools

The cost of this programme will be in the region of £75 per delegate for the full course and resources. CAMHS are planning to offer this course in September 2018 but need an idea of level of interest /potential uptake for this in order to plan their staffing. Please reply by the end of February to let me know if your school would be interested in this offer.

Behaviour Support Guide for parents:

This guide is attached outlining behaviour management and Early Help available in Portsmouth for families of children and young people. It can also be accessed through the PEP and the PCC websites. Please share with colleagues in your settings and promote this information to parents, especially the parenting surgery appointments and discussion groups.

Peer Mentoring

Unloc are offering a Training the Trainers Programme for Peer Mentoring. Whilst this is currently aimed at Secondary Schools, it can be adapted for Primary Schools if there is sufficient demand. Please contact me by the 2nd March if you would like to join this programme. The cost over two years would be £500 to include training, resources and ongoing support and networking. We are able to offer a significant subsidy such that the cost to schools would be £200 for two years. This subsidy is currently available  to schools that sign up by the end of this financial year (you will not need to pay until next financial year). The dates are still to be confirmed depending on uptake. 

31st October 2017

Please find attached the latest version of the service guide listing the main services available in Portsmouth for children and young people with emotional or mental health needs (Up to 25 years of age).  Would you kindly ensure all previous versions of this guide are destroyed and this version is used from now onwards.

Please disseminate this guide and the other information in this email as you feel appropriate.

As you are probably aware Anti-Bullying week takes place from 13th-17th November, with the Theme “All Different All Equal”.

We are finalising the update to our Anti-Bulling Guidance and Resource and Resource Pack for Schools and will share this with you all shortly.

In the meantime I am attaching some resources produced by Stonewall for you to use or adapt as you wish:

A Secondary Assembly  (LGBT – Transphobia and Transphobic Bullying)

A primary lesson plan based on the book “Are you a boy or a girl?” By Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher. ISBN: 9780993192500 Publisher: TQUAL Books.

I would also like to draw your attention to some resources that you may find useful. These are available for schools to download for free:

Available from the Anna Freud Centre:  http://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/resources-for-schools/

I Gotta Feeling :Top tips for feeling good (aimed at secondary school children), 2011

This booklet has been designed by Help4Pupils to help children when they are feeling sad, worried or troubled. It is full of fun simple tips on what to do to improve their mood and maintain emotional wellbeing.

Get up and go Top tips for feeling good (aimed at primary school pupils), 2011

This booklet has been designed by Help4Pupils to help children when they are feeling sad, worried or troubled. It is full of fun simple tips on what to do to improve their mood and maintain emotional wellbeing.

Available from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust http://www.cwmt.org.uk

GCSE wellbeing guides

GCSE wellbeing guides. Separate Guides for teachers, pupils and parents are available to download https://www.cwmt.org.uk/resources . Hard copies can also be ordered for a donation to cover printing costs.

The Portsmouth Education Partnership Website will be going live this week. If you have photos that we can share via this website then please send them to me. I would particularly love to see any of your anti-bullying week activities.

Stonewall secondary assembly – Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Stonewall primary lesson plan – Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Service Guide for Professionals

16th October 2017

Services Guide for Parents

The attached, updated, service guide and poster will hopefully be useful when talking with parents about the services on offer to support children and young people. Please display these in your setting.

For parents who are worried about their child’s behaviour, as well as the school, they can contact the family hubs. The details of the current schedule of services, including parenting surgeries can be found at https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/learning-and-schools/pre-school/childrens-centres  .The family hubs cover the age range 0-19

Exam Stress Scoping

Self-harm presentations at QA hospital in Portsmouth peak around times of exams. This trend is continuing despite self-harm training being offered to all professionals in the city. The young people who present with overdoses, etc. are not always vulnerable pupils but include academically more able. As part of suicide and self-harm prevention work in the city CAMHS would like to ask schools (primary and secondary)  and colleges the following questions;

1)      What does your school provide to give extra support to pupils prior to exam periods?

2)      Is there any additional support or info you would find useful around this subject?

Please respond to [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]< a=””>> by the end of November 2017</mailto:[email protected]<>

Melanie and Anna will then collate responses and then discuss what they could offer in response, this will be fed back to you all.

Exploring Loss workshops:

The workshop is an opportunity for Child Practitioners to understand the impact of loss when experienced by children and young people and their families.

The training is a relaxed day, offering participants the chance to explore:

  • Models of Grief
  • Social and Cultural Influences
  • Ages and stages
  • Language
  • Attachment
  • Resilience
  • Taking Care

Please see the attached flyer for dates and booking information

Please see the attached details of training courses delivered by CAMHs on:

Managing Anxiety and Self-Harm

Neurodevelopmental training Day

CAMHs Training Courses:

Exploring Loss workshop 2017

CAMHS Training Courses 2

Service Guide for parents July 17

Service Guide Parents Poster July 17

20th September 2017

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to introduce myself in my new role as Portsmouth Education Partnership and School Inclusion Manager, I do already know many of you in my previous role as SENCO at Priory School.

I am looking forward to working closely with you all across the Portsmouth Education Partnership.

I know that Mike has already sent you the draft  Education Strategy for your comments. I would like to encourage you to respond to this consultation and/ or to join one of the PEP Groups. If you unable to commit to a group but would be interested in receiving further information on the work of a particular group or being involved in a time limited piece of work then please let me know.

The groups are:

  • Strategic Board
  • School Improvement Board
  • Inclusion Group
  • Initial Teacher Training and Recruitment and Retention Group

Thank you to those who have already responded please send any further responses to the consultation or interest in the groups by Friday 22nd September.

A key part of my post will be to roll out the Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education. Hopefully you have already seen this. An electronic copy is attached for your information.

The strategy recommends that there is a  named wellbeing lead in each school. I have copied in your named lead where you have already given me their details.  If this is not correct or you have not yet given me a contact name please forward this message to them and ask them to contact me.

From a city-wide perspective, this is a new role in schools but it is anticipated that this will improve communication with services, including specialist mental health services.

I see the position of wellbeing lead as a strategic one; having an overview of all of the aspects of wellbeing in your setting and being a conduit for information from other agencies. I would welcome your feedback as I know staff have a number of roles and all have limited capacity.

I don’t anticipate holding meetings for wellbeing leads but will communicate with them via a termly newsletter and occasional emails . I will ask them to share the information I send with all appropriate colleagues in your setting. All information and updates will be shared on the PEP website.

Some initial points that maybe helpful or act as reminders.

  • The CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) teams are available for consultation. Schools can call the SPA for general advice or support on working with young people, e.g. ELSAs with a “stuck case”. You can also call them to discuss an individual child (with parental consent) if you are considering making a referral. The SPA team are available on 023 9268 4700
  • Below are the links to The professionals’ guide and parents’ to the main services available in Portsmouth for children and young people with emotional or mental health needs (up to 25 years of age)



  • Healthy Young Minds Newsletters (for parents) are available to all schools. These cover topics such as anger management, anxiety, exam stress.  Please contact Melanie Wells  ([email protected] ) if you would like copies of previous newsletters and would like to be included on the circulation list for future newsletters.
  • There are some new resources that have been produce by Public Health England for KS3 and 4 (and may also be suitable for upper KS2). The Rise Above project aims to support teachers help young people build crucial life-skills to boost their resilience and improve their mental health and wellbeing – and covers areas such as cyber-bullying, exam stress and body image concerns. Rise Above for Schools resources for KS3 and 4 are available to download at nhs/riseabove/schools
  • Parents are able to access advice and support via the family hubs. These include “Parenting Surgeries ” for parents of children aged 5-19. This can be particularly helpful when dealing with challenging behaviour as this would not normally meet the criteria for CAMHS involvement. Parents (with your support if necessary) can contact the family hubs directly to book a 30 minute appointment. You can download an up-to-date programme and contact details for the family hubs in your locality from https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/learning-and-schools/pre-school/childrens-centres
  • You will be familiar with the referral routes into the Early Help Service. A copy of this is attached for your reference.
  • Please visit and support parents to access the local offer for further information for children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability, including Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/

Upcoming training and Events:

Portsmouth Inclusion Conference, Marriott Hotel, Thursday  12th October to book your place please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Portsmouth Inclusion Conference

SENCO Network Meeting, Guildhall  1-4 pm 8th November

Training from CAMHS:

9th November Managing distress, Anxiety and Self harm. £75 per delegate to include a follow up workshop and electronic resources.

23rd November Neuro-Diversity Training – understanding brain development, how to support children and young people with ASD /ADHD and how CAMHS works

For further information about training from CAMHS  or to book a place on either of these courses, then please contact Melanie Wells. [email protected]

The named wellbeing lead  will shortly be receiving a hard copy of the Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education. Please share this with your colleagues, in particular highlighting some of the case studies of good practice already happening in our schools.

I will be continuing to collect and share examples of things that are working well so please contact me if you have some practice to share.

The Portsmouth Education Partnership Website will be up and running in the near future, I will notify when this happens. As it develops this site will include links to resources, services and areas of good practice that will support you in your work supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.

A Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education