Mental Health & Well-Being Resources

BEP have collated a host of reading and resources to support schools, pupils and their families encourage good Mental Health & Well-being during the time of COVID-19.

Lockdown & Returning to school

ANNA ROBINSON – BEP, AMANDA DANIELS – BCC, ERIN DOHERTY – FORWARD THINKING BIRMINGHAM

Returning to School, What now and what next? A Mental Health &
Wellbeing Perspective

As we move into a different phase of what we hope is continued recovery and repair, Amanda Daniels, Erin Docherty and Anna Robinson explore emerging themes around emotional health and wellbeing and what that means for school leaders across the city.


Nichola jones – BCC, Professor colleen mclaughlin – university of cambridge, professor robin banerjee – university of sussex

Overview of the transformation programme for SEND CYP and for wellbeing / Emotional Resilience / Back to School! Relationships as the key to emotional wellbeing

Nichola Jones is lead for BCC on Well-being as well as SEND. In her session she gives an introductory overview of the transformation she is leading.

Colleen provides the evidence and rationale for the need to change our emphasis in education today and provide a broader more fit for purpose education that recognises all the needs of young people in schools.

Robin highlights and discusses the value of a relational approach to supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Drawing upon both recent and established theories and research findings, Robin illuminates the key dynamics of young people’s social relationships and how they relate to behaviour, emotional functioning, and academic engagement. The implications for supporting the school community in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is discussed.


Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk – university of dundee

The Science of Relationships: How they help to reduce anxiety in
school classrooms and corridors

Coronavirus has introduced brand new anxieties into schools, from the classroom to the corridors to the staff room. In this presentation, Developmental Psychologist Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk explores how that anxiety can be managed by focusing on the relationships staff build with pupils. She looks at the science of relationships, explaining where anxiety comes from and why it is that, for human beings, social interaction play such a key role in making things better – or worse. It will help viewers to understand that a lot of what they need to ‘do’ in this time of transition doesn’t look like a lot, but that the way staff greet pupils (and colleagues!), speak to them, listen to them and especially laugh with them have a massive impact on biology. Understanding this basic science is often a huge relief, because it boosts confidence about what we need to ‘do’ when times are tough. 


Andrew Moffat MBE – excelsior mat

Mental Health & Well-being Post Lockdown

In the last 6 months, our childrens’ worlds have shrunk. What strategies can schools use to support mental health and wellbeing post lockdown?


professor Miranda Pallen – university of birmingham

The impact of ‘lockdown’ on learning and wellbeing from a young person’s perspective – findings from the CONTRAST study

In this session, findings from a survey completed by young people aged 11-15 years during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions is presented, focusing on learning and wellbeing. The variation in young person’s experiences will be explored, and implications for those working with young people discussed.


chiara cappellini – national literacy trust

Children and Young people’s literacy attitudes and behaviors during school closure

Chiara presents research led by Dr Christina Clark on Children’s reading before and during lockdown and links with mental health and wellbeing.


Maintaining good well-being and mental health during lockdown – a guide for students

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