Response in partnership with Oxfordshire YouthOne-EightyNHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Oxfordshire County Council is pleased to be delivering Oxfordshire’s ‘Wellbeing for Education Return’ training. 

What is the Wellbeing for Education Return Training package?

The Department has developed this new, national training package for education staff for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care, Health Education England, Public Health England, NHS England and Improvement, and an expert advisory group. 

It aims to provide schools and colleges with support and tools to enable education staff to respond to the emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their pupils and staff. 

Children’s Minister Vicky Ford said:      

“It is only natural that some children and young people – just like many adults – may still be feeling anxious or sad as a result of coronavirus, especially those who have been away from the classroom for so long.

“We’ve provided webinars, online resources and training modules for teachers ahead of the new term to help them address mental health and wellbeing issues among children and young people as they return to school in September. Now, on top of this unprecedented package of support, we are going further by launching this new scheme, backed by £8 million, to bring in additional expert advice to schools and colleges from trained professionals.

“There is no one simple solution to solving mental ill health, but by providing this wide range of support, we are adding to the wealth of resources available – building on millions the Government has already invested in mental health charities to support adults and children affected by the pandemic.”

Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries said:

“This pandemic has had huge consequences for us all. Children, parents, teachers and school staff have had their lives turned upside down, and it’s important we recognise the effect this can have on mental wellbeing.

“That is exactly why we are ensuring the right support is in place for when school returns this September.

“This scheme will help empower staff and parents to spot the signs when children are struggling and enable them to offer emotional support, whether they are dealing with bereavement, stress, trauma or other anxieties triggered by recent events.”

Mike Simm, Chair of Trustees at One-Eighty, says:

“For nearly ten years, One-Eighty has worked with vulnerable children in schools to help to overcome barriers, often psychological, to their engagement in Education. We introduced our Make Me Smile project, a mental health awareness programme in over 120 Oxfordshire primary schools, to provide further support. We are delighted to be able to assist in strengthening support to schools in this crucial area.”

What does the Training Consist of?

The Wellbeing for Education Return training programme is free to all primary and secondary schools/colleges. It comprises two 1 ½ hour webinars which will run as twilight sessions across two weeks in October / November 2020—following the webinars, attendees will be offered the opportunity to join forum sessions for ongoing support. These will be run once a month from November 2020 – March 2021. The expectation is that each school will nominate a lead person to undertake the training. This lead person will then guide schools/ colleges in developing a ‘whole school/college approach to embedding specialised learning into the school. 

Webinar 1: This training focuses on whole school/college approaches, wellbeing and support of resilience building in the context of Covid-19. 

Webinar 2: This training focuses on those who may need additional support, including signposting for people across the Whole School/College community with one or more of; Loss, Bereavement, Grief, Anxiety, Low Mood, Stress, Trauma in the context of Covid-19.

To find out more:

For further information about the training programme, please contact [email protected]

Please visit our Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) page that can be found by clicking here for more resources and information.