NewStart is an expert-led approach to whole school improvement for resilience.
At BEP there are a number of ways we provide support to schools around mental health and well-being:
Training for all schools through our ‘mental health shorts’ CPD series available throughout the year on key themes
Training and supervision for staff in school
Whole school approach through the NewStart approach in secondary schools (this is now being extended to some primaries as well)
NewStart is an expert-led approach to whole school improvement for resilience. Currently funded through the NHS to work with secondary schools in the city, this asset-building approach helps school leaders develop sustainable, whole school, targeted systems that build resilience approaches. The key is to support pupils and staff raise achievement over time.
As an asset-building approach rather than a prescriptive programme, NewStart seeks to build strength and confidence within existing school systems.
Our school improvement resilience leads are highly experienced education professionals with extensive experience in schools. Trained by Young Minds and Brighton University in the Academic Resilience Approach and overseen by a clinical lead through Birmingham Education Partnership, the team will work with you to:
Offer consultancy to senior leaders to review your school’s ethos, culture, systems and processes around Emotional Health and Well-being and a strengthened position in relation to Ofsted expectations.
Coach key staff to understand the circumstances, the tools available and how to apply them to move learning into sustainable action.
Help schools to use tried and tested methods to identify pupils who are vulnerable to poor outcomes (both education and well-being) and step up support sooner through whole school and targeted approaches.
Lead differentiated training to your staff on resilience and emotional well-being.
Strengthen the pupil voice in your school by building resilience through engagement with young people.
Provide opportunities to share practice and undertake CPD with colleagues and professionals across the city.
Project Lead: Anna Robinson (BEP Mental Health Lead)
Transforming children and young people’s Mental Health Support Teams and pilots.
A Therapeutic Review aims to explore and build on the work already in place to support the mental health, well-being and attainment of the whole school.
KiVa is about celebrating diversity and increasing social inclusion by fostering attitudes of tolerance and acceptance in everyone.
DfE Wellbeing for Education Return Training for Mental Health Senior Leads
In order to support children and young people as they return to schools and colleges, Birmingham Educational Psychology Service (EPS) and Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) provided a training session for Senior Leads for Mental Health. The session was based on a national programme developed jointly by the DfE, Department for Health and Social Care, but adapted to meet the needs of Birmingham’s children and young people. You are able to watch a recording below.
The Birmingham Children’s partnership Offer
Here you will find information around support services, tips for well-being as well as themed support on specific issues that schools and families are facing at this time.
On the back of some requests from schools we have created 3 voiced over sets of slides specifically aimed at parents. They cover self-care, anxiety and sleep.
The Inclusion newsletter is currently sent out fortnightly. The purpose of the newsletter is to ensure all schools are informed of all BEP Inclusion initiatives and activities and signposted to any events, training, resources or updates that BEP feel would be of value to schools.