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Participation and pupil voice (DfE Senior Mental Health Leads)

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About this course

This two-part course is accredited by the Department of Education as part of the funding for Senior Mental Health Leads in schools. It will explore the link between pupil voice, resilience and positive social and emotional outcomes and explore ways to actively strengthen the impact of pupil engagement across the whole school community.

Funding applications for Senior Mental Health Leads are now open. You can find out more about who is eligible and how to apply through the Department of Education website. Once your application is approved you can book your place on the course using the link below.

The course is run in two parts:

  • Part 1: Understanding how to promote participation to improve outcomes
  • Part 2: Implementing an inclusive and effective approach to pupil voice

The first part of the course builds the foundations for embedding pupil voice within your setting, by exploring what good participation is and the different areas of school life that can benefit from the inclusion of pupil voice activities. The second part of the course focuses on the importance of hearing from a diverse range of voices and how to identify and remove some of the barriers to this in order to achieve the best outcomes for the whole school community.

At the end of the first part of the course, participants will be encouraged to start developing a pupil voice plan for their own setting. Before the second session, they can submit a draft of this to the course facilitators. There will then be space within the second part of the course to receive feedback and develop this plan further through group work, utilising the learning from the session and the experience of other participants to create a comprehensive and workable pupil voice plan that can be taken back to their schools to begin implementing.

If you have any enquiries about the course please contact [email protected]

Please note: YoungMinds is not liable for the reimbursement of any costs, should a DfE grant application not be successful. 

Course details

  • Two-part online workshop: Participation and pupil voice
  • Length: 10am -1:30pm with breaks
  • Suitable for: Senior Mental Health Leads within Primary, Secondary, College and other educational settings
  • Price: £500 + VAT: £100

Course dates

  • 9 Dec '21 and 13 Jan '22 Online Workshop - Digital - 09 December - 3 hours and 30 minutes - 20 spaces remaining
  • 10 Nov and 24 Nov '21 Online Workshop - Online via Zoom - 10 November - 3 hours and 30 minutes - 20 spaces remaining
  • 16 Nov and 7 Dec '21 Online Workshop - Online via Zoom - 16 November - 3 hours and 30 minutes - 20 spaces remaining
  • 3 Dec and 17 Dec '21 Online Workshop - Digital - 03 December - 3 hours and 30 minutes - 20 spaces remaining

What you will learn

During this course, participants will:

  • establish a shared understanding of pupil voice
  • explore what participation is and how it could work in your school
  • explore how embedding participation can improve outcomes for the whole school community
  • consider how we can ensure that our work is inclusive, collaborative and enhancing

Why take the course?

Incorporating the voice of students into the policy- and decision-making process of a school can achieve wide-ranging benefits for both the school and its students.

These can include improved academic attainment, more positive relationships across the school community, a reduction in exclusions as well as improving emotional literacy and behaviour.

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on current pupil voice activities within your own setting, develop a plan to implement a whole-school approach to participation and discuss any concerns or difficulties they may have about doing this.

Book your spot

£600 per person inc. VAT

£600 per person inc. VAT

£600 per person inc. VAT

£600 per person inc. VAT

£600 per person inc. VAT

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Only 20 spaces remaining

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