About this event

  • Date and time Wed 12 May 2021 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry, Mind

This webinar will explore how the mental health of teachers and school staff have been impacted by pandemic school closures, subsequent re-openings, and the pressures of delivering education in unprecedented circumstances. During the programme delegates will have the opportunity to engage in debate about the impact of the school closures during the UK lockdown period. 

During this webinar delegates will:

  • Understand how the teaching community has coped with the challenges and changes of the past year. 
  • Gain a greater awareness of the risks and early signs of school staff burnout and how this can be recognised and avoided.  
  • Recognise the importance of the mental health of staff in promoting mental health in the whole school.  

Join us to hear from educational professionals about how school communities have adjusted their working environments and how staff have supported each other in these unprecedented circumstances.

Don't miss other episodes in this series:

Episode 2: Wednesday 5 May 2021 from 10:00am to 12:45pm - COVID-19 and the mental health of children from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK

This webinar series is held in association with Mind, the mental health charity. 

We would like to thank The Helen Hamlyn Trust for their generous grant in support of this webinar series.

This episode is part of the psychiatry series: Transforming mental health in schools and colleges. Participants will be able to take the concepts and ideas explored during this series and adapt them for use in the classroom and clinical practice. This webinar has free CPD accreditation. 

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterward. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Key speakers

Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen

Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Chair of Conference Steering Group

Speaker's biography

Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen is a member of the RSM Psychiatry Council and Chair of the steering group for this conference and webinar series. She is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). She is also a member of the Academic Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London, and editor of the mental health e-learning platform, MindEd. She has an academic background (a PhD from University College London) and her research explores the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders in low-income countries, and digital innovations for improving children and young people’s mental health in schools and colleges. She also has research interests in methods to support young people with mental illness to make important decisions about their futures.  She is a school governor in Lewisham and this role gave her insight into how schools can struggle to obtain appropriate help and advice to support the wellbeing and education of children with mental health difficulties. With this in mind, Jacqueline has put together this series of conferences "Transforming Mental Health in Schools and Colleges" at the Royal Society of Medicine in an effort bring health and education professionals together and spur on public engagement and debate.

Dr Hester Mannion

Dr Hester Mannion

Psychiatry Trainee

Speaker's biography

Hester is a psychiatry trainee currently working within a mental health trust in London. Prior to training as a doctor, Hester worked in London and Oxford as a secondary English teacher and worked closely with charitable organisations to support homeless and vulnerably housed groups in the capital. Her own experiences within teaching and experiences in CAMHs have fostered a particular interest in the professional wellbeing of school staff and the impact of this on whole school communities.

Alison Peacock

Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Chief Executive Officer, Chartered College of Teaching  

Speaker's biography

Professor Dame Alison Peacock is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a new Professional Body that seeks to raise our status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College Cambridge and a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University. Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.


Sinead McBrearty

Sinéad Mc Brearty

Chief Executive Officer, Education Support

Speaker's biography

Sinéad spent the first half of her career at KPMG’s financial services business unit working in marketing, product development and strategic planning. She moved to the not-for-profit sector as Deputy Chief Executive at Social Enterprise London, and subsequently a Director at social enterprise Women Like Us/Timewise. Before joining Education Support, she worked as an organisational development consultant with Systemic Coaching Partners, and was a visiting lecturer at Imperial College London & the Royal College of Art. Sinéad advocates for a systemic approach to wellbeing and mental health, highlighting the significance of teacher wellbeing for pupil learning and mental health, as well as social and economic outcomes. She is a governor at a south London primary school.

Jonathan Glazzard

Professor Jonathan Glazzard

Head of Department, Department of Children, Education and Communities, Edge Hill University

Speaker's biography

Professor Jonathan Glazzard’s research focuses on mental health, wellbeing and inclusion in education. He is a qualitative researcher and uses a broad range of approaches, including narrative methodology, visual/participatory methods and more traditional interviews and focus groups. Jonathan’s recent projects include exploration of head teacher resilience, teacher and child mental health and the experiences of teachers who identify as LGBTQ+.

Raph Kelvin

Dr Raphael Kelvin

MindEd Consortium National Clinical Lead

Speaker's biography

Dr Raphael Kelvin is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and National Clinical Lead for the MindEd e learning Consortium. He is a lead developer of and trainer for BPI (Brief Psychosocial Intervention). He is also Head of Strategic Policy for ACAMH (The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health). Raphael has broad and deep understanding and experience of how work at the coalface of mental health services, care systems and school mental health support, sit within local and national systems. He has led on national mental health improvement programmes; he was formally the national lead for workforce planning for the RCPsych, and the National Advisor for CYP mental Health at the Dept of Health England (2009-2012). He led the creation, and early establishment of the NHS DH/NHS England National CAMHS improvement programme (CYP IAPT, 2009-2012). He has also led the creation and development of the MindEd programme (2012-ongoing).  He brings over 35 years of clinical practice and clinical research, designing training curricula and programs and working at the heart of national government to bring about step changes for young people and their families.

Niall Hand

Niall Hand

Headteacher, Prendergast Ladywell School

Speaker's biography

Niall Hand is the Headteacher of Prendergast Ladywell School serving 1300 students aged 4-16, and part of the Leathersellers Federation of Schools. The Prendergast Ladywell School ethos of CARES, Community, Ambition, Resilience, Effort and Success is used as a framework to support students social and emotional wellbeing, preparing them for learning, and life after Ladywell. Niall has worked in a number of comprehensive schools in London and is committed to an inclusive and aspirational education for all, enabled by a curriculum that provides can provide a safe space for students to engage with the world we live in. Schools must be places where diversity is valued, where students are safe, happy and heard.

Helen Watkinson

Helen Watkinson

Newly Qualified Teacher, The Fulham Boys School

Speaker's biography

Helen Watkinson is a newly qualified English teacher at The Fulham Boys School in London. She gained her PGCE from King’s College London in 2020 and was awarded the Blackwell Prize for the English cohort. She holds an English Language and Literature degree from University College London and an MA in Acting from The Drama Centre London. Before training as a teacher, Helen pursued her passion for theatre working as an actor, director, and workshop facilitator.

Gary Wilkie

Gary Wilkie

Chief Executive Officer, Learning in Harmony Trust

Speaker's biography

Having started his teaching career in Newham in 1989, and after being Head Teacher at Sheringham Primary School from 2000 - 2014, Gary is now the CEO of the Learning in Harmony Trust which has 9 schools spanning East London and Essex.. He has been a National Leader of Education and was a member of the NLE Fellowship in 2015. Gary has spoken at a range of conferences both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from Assessment for Learning to Recruitment and Retention in MATs. He is currently a member of the DfE Expert Advisory Group on Teacher Wellbeing, and chairs Forum Strategy's Group focusing on Pupil and Staff Wellbeing.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Chair of Conference Steering Group and Dr Hester Mannion, Psychiatry Trainee

Wellbeing and recovery: The importance of compassionate leadership

Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered College of Teaching

Staff wellbeing and mental health: What teachers tell us

Sinéad Mc Brearty, Chief Executive Officer, Education Support

The relationship between teacher mental health and pupil learning

Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Head of Department, Department of Children, Education and Communities, Edge Hill University

MindEd introduction: Online free MH&WB learning resources

Dr Raphael Kelvin, MindEd Consortium National Clinical Lead

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen

Niall Hand, Headteacher, Prendergast Ladywell School, Helen Watkinson, Newly Qualified Teacher, The Fulham Boys School and Gary Wilkie, Chief Executive Officer, Learning in Harmony Trust

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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