PaJeS together with Place2Be, the mental health and wellbeing charity will be beginning their Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme for Jewish Schools this coming school year.
Research conducted by PaJeS into the current provision offered across Jewish schools, unearthed a considerable need for effective and professional training in order to manage and treat matters of student mental health and wellbeing across the Jewish schools community, funding was awarded from the Wolfson Jewish Education Fund and the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.
In November 2015, at the first PaJeS residential seminar, headteachers' from a number Jewish Schools in the UK identified a worrying trend in the increase in mental health issues. Of the schools surveyed, nearly all of them (85%) indicated an increase. Worryingly, since the seminar none of the schools PaJeS spoke with recorded a decrease in their issues, underlying the importance of the increased support that will be on offer.
In the coming school year PaJeS will be running training workshops for school staff, enabling them to better support children in need and help those who are facing these difficult issues. The workshops and consultation sessions will be delivered by the mental health and wellbeing charity, Place2Be. Place2Be are the leading provider of school-based mental health support. Their approach was developed in response to a stark lack of emotional support available for children from a young age. Place2Be offers a reliable, high quality and trusted service in schools
The training is comprised of three components:
- A Headteachers' seminar
- A number of training workshops and consultations for recently qualified teachers and those on the Schools Direct programme
- A one-day conference for selected experienced teachers, SENCos' and Heads of Year Groups.
The programme encompasses a whole school approach allowing every school to form their own mental health and wellbeing team.
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