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Schools training

On average, around six children in every UK classroom have a parent with a mental illness or mental health difficulty. Our Time trains school staff to recognise and support these students through a whole school approach and high quality resources, developed in collaboration with teachers, health professionals and young people. We know this issue impacts students’ ability to take full advantage of their education, so we specialise in supporting this group of children by equipping staff with simple but powerful skills and key learning. We give you the confidence and tools to help these students to engage positively with school and all it has to offer.

Our approach

Our child-centred, practical approaches promote discussion and empathy, and don’t single students out. The aim is not for staff to become therapists or counsellors, but to create an environment where all school members support one another, stigma is reduced and those who have an unwell parent are supported positively.

Our training is interactive and respectful of your staff – we recognise that staff know their students best. We offer insights and techniques to support pupils who may have challenging family situations, which are hard to address due to stigma and students’ protective behaviour towards their family. We work through discussion tasks, as well as practical activities, to keep learning stimulating, reflective and enjoyable.

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The need

Children who have a parent with a mental illness are likely to be stressed or anxious sometimes. They’re often withdrawn rather than disruptive because they don’t want to expose themselves or their family to unwanted attention. Identifying these young people isn’t always easy, but our training enables schools to engage with students on their terms, raise awareness of the issue amongst their peers and staff and create a school culture which is open about mental illness as well as mental health.

Our courses

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Free introduction for senior teams

We offer schools an initial awareness-raising session for the senior leadership team, delivered in person or live streamed, outlining key statistics and issues, plus school based resolutions for pupils who have parents or carers with a mental illness. This session takes between 45 minutes to an hour, and includes time for high level needs analysis in your setting, together with an overview of how our programmes can align with your values and mental health and well-being initiatives.

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Whole-school knowledge and understanding training

Designed for teaching staff who are in direct and regular contact with pupils, this training delivers key knowledge about the issues experienced by those who have a parent with mental illness. Staff are trained to recognise behaviours and understand the small but significant ways they can provide support, without becoming mental health specialists. A range of materials are used to ensure engagement and build confidence during this hour-long session, which can be delivered virtually or in person.

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Talking with children and young people who have a parent with a mental illness

This training is designed for more specialist staff in your setting who work to directly support children and young people. SENDCos, pastoral care, counselling, school nursing, designated teachers, safeguarding, SMH and behaviour teams would benefit from specific knowledge and practical understanding of communicating with this group.

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Tailored consultancy

We support whole school cultures with vulnerable children at their heart, and are experienced in consulting on how best this can be achieved, specifically considering those who experience parental mental illness. Contact us for more information on how to create or develop strategic change to influence mental health and well-being outcomes.

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Children’s PSHE courses

We have developed high-quality PSHE courses for children, including a sequence of lesson plans and resources to embed into your existing PSHE curriculum. Differentiated for Years 1-3, Years 4-6 and secondary audiences, our teacher guides and interactive resources – including animations, videos, quizzes and discussions – will engage and inspire children and young people. A 45-minute online tutorial is available to help navigate the materials in advance, giving teachers the confidence to deliver key messages.


How our courses work

Where is training delivered?

Our Time is based in London but we deliver training to schools and colleges throughout the whole of the UK. We can deliver training in person, through a live video stream, with video tutorials or a combination of all three.

How long is training?

Each of our training sessions vary in length and can be adapted to your needs. They usually range from one to three hours, and can be split across different days and held during the hours that work for you.

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