Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Education for Mental Health conference

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Who this event is for

  • Prospective students - postgraduate taught
  • Prospective students - postgraduate research
  • Staff - teaching
  • Staff - research
  • Current students - undergraduate
  • Current students - postgraduate taught
  • Current students - postgraduate research
  • Academic community
  • Alumni
  • Ticket only


Main Lecture Theatre, B Building, Harcourt Hill Campus


The School of Education conference will provide opportunities to critically examine and explore current concerns with regards to the social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people across all types of schools and alternative Educational Provisions. 

Welcome and Introductions by Jon Reid

Co-founder of @ResearchSEND Michelle Haywood.

Keynote speaker is Professor Barry Carpenter - Due to unforeseen circumstances, a keynote from Professor Barry Carpenter will not be included in the day's programme; the conference team hopes to reschedule Professor Carpenter's lecture as part of a future School of Education seminar or SEND/SEMH conference.


Our wide range of speakers for the day includes a keynote lecture from Professor Tamsin Ford.  Professor Ford will speak on “Exclusion and Mental health”.


You will be able to attend morning workshops such as:

  • The Nature & Case for Whole school Compassion Focused Initiatives - Dr Mary Welford
  • Attachment and Emotional Development in the Classroom - Dr David Colley
  • Exclusion and SEMH - Professor Tamsin Ford
  • "All behaviour is the right behaviour - a case study on whole-school behaviour improvement" - Jarlath O’Brien
  • The role of Nurture in schools in supporting SEMH - Dr Ruth Seymour
  • Using the  Whole School SEND Reflection Framework to support better mental wellbeing of both staff and pupils - Simon Knight

Afternoon workshops include:

  • SEMH and the SEND Code of Practice: the role of the SENCo - Helen Curran
  • Where does SEMH sit with SEND and what, in addition to the emotional and behavioural impact, does it mean for learning? - Chris Rossiter
  • “ Sing The Body Eclectic: Body, Mind and Soul in Neurodiverse Education” - Barney Angliss
  • Trauma & SEMH - Mike Armiger
  • What can educators do to support the mental health of the children they teach? - Dr Rachel Hayes

Refreshments and lunch will be served.