Mental Health in the Workplace – A free introductory session

28th September 2017

8.00 – 9.30am  Services for Education, Holt Court, Aston Science Park

An introductory briefing for Headteachers and Senior Leaders

  • Do you feel confident and equipped to talk about mental health with your staff?
  • Do you want to create a climate where mental illness is destigmatised?
  • Do you want your school to be organisation that understands, manages and promotes mental health as an integral part of working life?

We all talk about physical health. Every half marathon is celebrated, and how a cough won’t shift is discussed at length.  However some subjects are not discussed and they usually involve our minds.

Mental health is a key determinant of the workplace environment as it affects employee retention and team relationships, and every year mental health issues will affect around one in four of us.

Teaching is considered to be one of the most stressful professions to work in in the UK

  • 6 in 10 teachers say their job has impacted on their mental health in the last 12months
  • 1 in 10 teachers say they have been prescribed  anti-depressant drugs to cope with the pressure of their job (NASUWT)
  • 88% of all staff working in education have suffered from stress (Education Support Partnership)

And all of this can be compounded by

61% of employers respond reactively rather than proactively to mental ill health

 “The only way to deal with mental health issues is to normalise it……and to have these conversations in the workplace” Dr Michael Holland – South London and Maudsley NHS

Services for Education is pleased to be working in partnership with Mental Health at Work to deliver practical and skills based mental health training.

This 90 minute introduction will present an outline of what is covered in the full training, details of whole school follow up sessions and describe a delivery model suitable for MATs, School Consortia, Teaching Alliances as well as individual schools.

The full training will equip senior leaders to have conversations about mental health, reduce stigma by increasing awareness, understand and comply with the Equality Act 2010.

Schools that have already had the full training:

  • ‘A fantastic day that will kickstart a focus on this for whole school development.’
  • ‘Very thought-provoking – Thank you!’
  • ‘Excellent presentation’
  • 100% would recommend the course to others.

Click below to book your free place,d71c9a92-428e-9835-88fd-59b67a3a5d7f/view,showevent/


Thinking about your new headship?

Services for Education have developed a programme to support those new to Headship with those parts of the job which may not have been addressed through traditional career pathways.

The Successful Head Teacher: Essential Business Skills is a programme specifically designed for new, recently appointed or aspiring head teachers. This two year programme provides all the knowledge, skills and support participants need in areas not covered by other head teacher professional development opportunities. The programme will provide participants with key knowledge and skills in:

  • People
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Health and Safety
  • Estate Management
  • Resource Management

Benefits include:

  • Membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management with access to a range of resources
  • A minimum of 6 days face-to-face input in year one
  • Extensive peer network support plus visits to G1 schools
  • Invitation to bespoke events with keynote speakers
  • Coaching and support in Year 2

For more information click the link below or email

The Successful Head teacher – Essential Business Skills

A starting point for us as a school to start taking care of the emotional well-being of staff

“A fantastic day that will kickstart a focus on this for whole school development”

“A starting point for us as a school to start taking care of the emotional well-being of staff”

We are pleased to report on the first schools and academy trusts in Birmingham to access the Mental Health in the Workplace training.  This crucial new training provides a practical and skills based mental health training designed for senior leaders.  This 1 day course raises awareness of mental health issues, discusses appropriate language, challenges myths and assumptions, and equips staff with the knowledge and skills to have conversations about mental health. As well as raising overall literacy around mental health, senior leaders are supported in the first steps to ensuring that consideration of mental health is promoted as an integral part of school life.

Consequently we offer further bespoke, wrap around packages of support such as whole school or targeted group training for staff to support both their own wellbeing and that of the pupils.

John Paul II became the first MAT to have this training and senior leaders from Bishop Walsh Catholic School ,  St Edmund Campion Catholic School, Maryvale Catholic Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary and Holy Cross Catholic Primary attended.  The day has a good balance of information, case studies, discussion and skills practice and thanks go to Teresa Cotter (Headteacher at Holy Cross ) for booking the training and to Gerry O’Dowd (Headteacher at St Joseph’s) for making us so welcome.

Hodge Hill Primary took a different approach and Maria Ryan (who had attended the free taster session earlier in the year) invited us to train all of their senior leadership team.  This turned out to be a most interesting and valuable day with the team ready to re-visit their School Development Plan as a result, to develop a culture that truly demonstrates a commitment to a principled approach to managing staff mental health and wellbeing.

For further information and bookings please contact




Looking for the perfect resource for that tricky summer term ‘growing up’ lesson?


Clued Up
“Clued Up for Growing Up” is a series of 16 lesson plans, resources, engaging videos and books to support primary aged pupils.   All lessons were written by practising teachers and all follow a standard, easy-to use format, with objectives, starter activities, main activities and plenary sessions including assessment opportunities.

Here’s what you get:

  • High quality teaching resources based on our popular pupil books
  • Animated Videos
  • Pupil Activities – lesson plans and resources included
  • Comprehensive Teachers’ Guide
  • Safeguarding requirements referenced throughout
  • Linked to the PSHE Association Programme of Study (January 2017)
  • Cross-referenced to the National Curriculum Science requirements

We have structured our resource so that staff have flexibility over what content is taught to what year group with a structured choice of the level of detail provided to pupils. This enables schools to meet the needs of their pupils and community and to work with parents to lower any resistance to, and address concerns about, the teaching of this crucial area of education.  For example: images and diagrams are animations, not scientific drawings; some content is in the books/videos, more detail is in the lesson plans themselves; and some topics are in a glossary section to provide a “script” for staff explanations with more support in the comprehensive teachers’ guide.

Price:  This whole school resource is available at the cost of just £70 (plus £7 postage and packing).  This one-off price also gets you access to a members’ only area of our website to access the videos and any statutory or resource updates as they happen.

How to order:  email

Not yet convinced? Have a sneak peek at one of the videos (aimed at Year 1 or 2 pupils) here:

Clued Up for Growing Up

The Successful Head Teacher: Essential Business Skills

Leadership and management in schools today is more than leading and managing teaching, learning and outcomes – aspects most new leaders are well-versed in. Often it is the business of headship which causes the most challenge. Fundamentals such as employment law, financial management and estates management can leave a new Head teacher with more questions than answers, as for many it is new territory.

Whilst preparation for headship courses have great value, it is only at the point of being a new Head that the reality and enormity of this role emerges.

We are therefore delighted to offer our new two-year programme, ‘The Successful Head Teacher: Essential Business Skills’ to be launched in readiness for a September 2017 start, which will skillfully guide those new to post, or those who are in the process of applying for their first Headship, through this unique journey, exploring six  key components – People, Finance, Legal, Estates Management, Materials and Resources, Health and Safety.

Face-to-face training will be led by key experts in their field as well as partnership input from the Institute of Leadership and Management to help ensure new Head teachers have the necessary business acumen and confidence to be exceptional leaders.

Annual cost for this input £1800, a small price to pay for a comprehensive package designed to make a real difference.

To find our more, please contact

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Trans Gender Awareness training

The 2010 Equality Act provisions to protect against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation includes gender reassignment.  The definition of gender reassignment has removed the requirement for medical supervision and consequently has widened the group of people who are now protected.

As schools we have a duty to uphold the whole of the Equality Act – not just some parts of it – and be considering the possible impact on pupils, staff and parents.

Services for Education are able to deliver an in-school twilight training session for whole staff groups or targeted groups  on trans gender awareness. The aim of the 60 minutes session is:

  • To increase knowledge, information and understanding
  • To challenge stereotypes
  • To consider the difference between social transition and medical transition
  • To practically engage with issues which may affect your school

For further information or to make a booking please contact

‘Ruby, Rafa and Riz.  Feel, Think and Do’ – Birmingham schools leading the way


Following a morning’s training on using the new ‘Ruby, Rafa and Riz. Feel, Think, and Do’, Wyndcliffe Primary School decided to  introduce it right across the school from Year 1 to Year 6.  Kirsty Pollard, the Senior Learning Mentor, took the lead and asked Sal Akhtar to deliver to Years 3 and 4, and Asha Rani to Years 1 and 2, with Kirsty taking responsibility for Years 5 and 6.

“ I was really worried” Asha told me,  “I usually work with groups of 6 children; I had never stood up in front of a whole class of 30 children before. And I was having to teach in front of the class teacher.”

Using the lesson plans in the teacher’s pack to guide her Asha nervously went into the first of six lessons.

“I couldn’t believe it.  The children absolutely loved it.  Even the youngest children in the school understood it and contributed.  When I walked in the following week holding the book they all got excited…I was so pleased.”

By the time Asha reached lesson 4 she had invited the Headteacher to observe her in the classroom such was her confidence in the lessons and herself.

With the 6 lessons all delivered Asha reflected on her experience.

“I never thought as a Learning Mentor I would be able to teach a whole class but the resource gave me the confidence, understanding and skills to do just that.  It was so good to see the children ‘getting’ the ideas in the book; they loved the activities.  You can ask any child in the school and they will be able to tell you about Ruby, Rafa and Riz.  They know the stories and what happened to each of them and why Mr Potter didn’t understand their behaviour.  The work on display reminds them about the relationship between their feelings, thoughts and behaviour.  I shall really miss teaching these lessons”


The children too wanted to talk about Ruby, Rafa and Riz.  This what Year 2 said.

“I like the lessons because you get to tell people how you feel and what you think”

“I can share my ideas with the whole class”

“You get to do fun things and share everything, do more work and think about everything”

“I can tell people in my home or in my school.  Learning mentors, friends, the NSPCC, the Headteacher, Childline”

Finally a word from Headteacher Razia Ali

“After the first lesson the class teachers were really pleased with what the learning mentors were teaching using the Ruby, Rafa and Riz resource. The children were able to articulate what they had learnt and it supported them in making the correct choices and share any concerns they may have had. The whole school staff had training and our next challenge is to create exciting ‘My Space’ areas for the children in the classroom. Watch this space!”

For more information on ‘Ruby, Rafa and Riz’ training and resources, please email

To buy a copy, click here.