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Mental Health and Wellbeing in children and young people.

We know that 695,000 children and young people in the UK between the ages of 5-16 have a significant mental illness: 39,000 children are affected by anxiety, 18,900 are affected by ADHD, 10,800 are affected by depression, 68,100 are affected with a conduct disorder. 41,921 CYP were hospitalised (2014) for self-harm, and the rate of suicide in our CYP has hit an all-time high (Public Health England). It is estimated that at least three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health issue.

Circles for Learning is a unique project for KS1-KS3 and because of this the Teachers who introduce it into the classroom tend to be unique as well. Those who train as Circles for Learning Practitioners are looking for something special that is new, research based, exciting and ignites children’s interest. They are Teachers, Heads, Wellbeing Leads and TA’s who believe that classrooms need to support the development of the key areas that develop positive mental health and wellbeing as well as academic growth.

Circles for Learning has been designed to support the development of positive foundations for mental health and wellbeing in CYP from KS1 –KS3. The Circles for Learning Project develops knowledge and understanding in the 5 key areas that influence positive mental health and wellbeing:

The Circles for Learning Training is divided into two key areas:

1. Developing a clear understanding of the theoretical concepts that underpin the five essential areas that form the foundations for positive mental health and wellbeing:

• Positive Relationships.
• Emotional Literacy.
• Self-awareness.
• Skills for Learning.
• The Brain learning and behaviour.

2. How to be successful Circles for Learning practitioner and run the project in schools, including primary, secondary mainstream and special schools.

If you are passionate about helping the CYP you teach to develop positive foundations for MHWB then Circles for Learning could be the project you want. If you would like to talk about the project in more detail then get in touch with Alison at alisonwaterhouse@circlesforlearning.co.uk and she will organise a time to talk to you. She knows that a teacher’s day is beyond busy so she will fit around you. You can then discuss what you need for the children and young people you are working with and if and how training to be a Circles for Learning Practitioner is the right way to go.

Circles for Learning offers a proactive approach to supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing with prevention at its heart.

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Circles for Learning Online training:

Online training offers a wide variety of benefits including:

• Flexibility to study when it suits you.
• Cost effective.
• Enabling the sharing of ideas and learning with others through the online forums.
• Supporting information retention.
• Enabling progress tracking and feedback.
• Easy and accessible.
• Engaging learners with a range of graphics, videos and support from their online trainer.

ALL courses are CPD accredited and supported by an experienced and qualified online coach. Each course is 20 hours CPD and starts from as little as £89.00.

To read about the objectives and course content for the online courses please click here: Mental Health and Wellbeing - Online training portal

Not only is the training suitable for teaching professionals who wish to develop the Circles for Learning Project within their class but they are also ideal for staff development around Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Each course is supported by a book full of resources and activities for teachers to use in the classroom KS1-KS3. To read about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Teachers Toolkit click here: Mental Health and Wellbeing Teacher Toolkit

Circles for Learning has been created and written by Alison Waterhouse. Alison set up and developed a Therapeutic school in Kent, has worked with the Anna Freud Centre, Young Minds, Optimus and is an Independent SEND and Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor for schools. She is a qualified Educational Psychotherapist and has her own independent practice in East Sussex where she supports CYP, their families and schools. She has written several books for teachers including the Mental Health and Wellbeing Teachers Toolkit, Wellbeing Champions and Creating a team of Learning Mentors.

If you would like to find out more than Email Alison at alisonwaterhouse@circlesforlearning.co.uk and she will organise a time to talk to you. She knows that a teacher’s day is beyond busy so she will fit around you. You can then discuss what you need for the children and young people you are working with and if and how training to be a Circles for Learning Practitioner is the right way to go.