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Halcyon Education helps schools and colleges follow a whole school approach to mental health. Download our 10 Steps to a Mentally Healthy School to get started, available on our website.

Halcyon Education Anna Bateman

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Halcyon Education helps schools and colleges follow a whole school approach to mental health. Download our 10 Steps to a Mentally Healthy School to get started, available on our website.

    Ainthorpe Primary School – Using Headstart to give students a voice

    Ainthorpe Primary School – Using Headstart to give students a voice

    Pupils from Ainthorpe Primary, along with a member of their senior leadership team, tell us about their experience of using a Lottery funded programme called Headstart to promote a whole school approach to mental wellbeing.

    We also hear from Gail Teasdale, Headstart Programme Manager in Hull about the strategy behind this initiative to move schools away from simple tick box exercises when putting mental health prevention in place.

    • 32 min
    Lincroft Student Leadership

    Lincroft Student Leadership

    This interview with students of Lincroft Secondary School demonstrates the success of a student wellbeing team in action and the innovative measures they have put in place to support students in their school.

    The students specifically identified stigma as a barrier to their peers seeking help and support when needed, and explained how they created an open culture of discussion around mental health, to make it less scary for those in need.

    • 30 min
    Nina Jackson and the ‘slinky’ approach to a positive return to school.

    Nina Jackson and the ‘slinky’ approach to a positive return to school.

    In this interview, Nina talks specifically about the challenges that pupils have faced in recent months during lockdown, and in the coming months as they prepare to return to what will be a noticeably different school environment.

    She talks of a ‘slinky’ approach to the new challenges ahead, to keep children moving forward in a positive way. Find out what this means and how this can help you shape your approach to welcoming students back into the classroom.

    • 46 min
    Putting PSHE at the heart of schools

    Putting PSHE at the heart of schools

    And so to help you even further with your PSHE planning, Episode 3 features an interview with Damian Hewitt from Jigsaw PSHE. He shares his extensive experience, as a head teacher and executive headteacher, of how to ensure PSHE is at the heart of the school. We discuss the conditions that make a PSHE curriculum become more than just a lesson and the importance of creating a shared responsibility and learning behaviours.

    Jigsaw PSHE is one of our sponsors and is providing all schools with a free downloadable a comprehensive ‘Recovery Curriculum’ to support you as pupils return.

    • 29 min
    Getting connected after isolation – An interview with Mark Goodwin

    Getting connected after isolation – An interview with Mark Goodwin

    As we gradually welcome children back into school, it helps to have a strategy of positive communication about the times we have all been through.

    There is a lot of talk in the media about the need to ‘catch up’, ‘the lost generation’ and ‘lost time’, however this does not engender a feeling of hope and positivity for staff, pupils or their parents.

    Rather than using what Mark Goodwin terms a ‘deficit language’ in this insightful interview, he guides us along a path of positivity, especially when communicating with children who have really struggled during their time away from school.

    Mark has also kindly shared this handout – How to Turnaround a Kid – The Cookie Jar Checklist, which is a perfectly succinct guide to preparing for and welcoming children as they return to school. You can download it from our website https://halcyon.education/podcasts/.

    • 30 min
    Introduction to Halcyon Podcasts Season 2

    Introduction to Halcyon Podcasts Season 2

    Halcyon Podcasts Season 2 Mental Health in Schools.
    Welcome to the second season of Halcyon Podcasts, putting mental health and wellbeing in schools at the centre of our interviews with everyday experts and students. We’re delighted to bring you a range of valuable insights, advice and practical strategies, and thank all of our interviewees for the time that they have generously given to share their knowledge.

    All of our podcasts are supported by handouts which can be downloaded and used in your school setting.
    Visit https://halcyon.education/podcasts/ to download the handouts.

    • 2 min

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