Free resilience training for teaching staff

Learn more about our free online teacher training to help support young people with the transition of returning to school.

The challenges faced by young people

If you work with young people you’ll understand some of the difficulties they’ve experienced over recent months. This extensive period of disruption has caused uncertainty.

Young people are often more resilient than they are given credit for. Some will re-integrate out of lockdown and back into education easily, but others will need more support to build their resilience to cope with the constant changes and uncertainty. They may need reassurance and support, as they may experience heightened levels of fear and anxiety.

There could be lots of mixed emotions/relief at being able to see their friends again and pick up their academic path. But also perhaps frustration at exam results, anxiety after such a long time out of education, and worry at the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic.

As teaching staff, you may also be concerned about the school or college environment you have returned to, and the uncertainties for you. It is more important than ever that your own wellbeing is looked after, and you are given the necessary tools and resources to create a supportive environment for yourself, your colleagues and young people.

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How we can help

Schools are preparing for a challenging Autumn 2020 term. At Mental Health UK, we want to support you during this period and build on your existing skills. We have developed a calendar of free teaching staff training.

The course is based on our young people’s programme Bloom, which supports the mental health and resilience of 14-18-year-olds. Delivered in schools and colleges across the UK, Bloom equips young people aged 14–18 with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions, both now and in the future.

After the training, you will receive the Bloom resources so they can facilitate the resilience sessions in the classroom. The Mental Health UK team will also be available to support you with the delivery of the programme.

The online sessions complement the original 8-week co-delivery workshops delivered face-to-face in classrooms. Therefore we also encourage you to consider taking part in the full Bloom programme, where our training associates will co-deliver the sessions with you in your school or college.

What is the free resilience training?

This video provides a quick overview of the training course. The content is evidence-based and centred around our existing young people’s resilience programme, Bloom, which we have already trained over 100 teachers in and delivered to 3,000 young people across the UK.

There are two different types of training available:

  • One 3-hour session providing you with full training on the programme which will prepare you to deliver in your school or college
  • Three 1-hour workshops which will prepare you to deliver one workshop in your school or college

The training sessions

You can choose to take part in our 3-hour session, or one of our 1-hour sessions.

Bloom Resilience Training

3-hour session

Young people are likely to find the transition back to school or college challenging. This 3-hour workshop will give you the resources and guidance to facilitate 7 Bloom workshops with young people on the following topics:

  • Resilience
  • Exam stress
  • Friendships
  • Managing studies
  • Social pressures
  • Making decisions about the future
  • Juggling time

Resilience

1-hour session

This is something all young people have to varying degrees, just like adults, and everyone can build more resilience to help them through challenges. This workshop will give you the guidance and resources to be able to facilitate a 1-hour workshop on resilience that supports young people to:

 

  • Understand what resilience is and what it is not
  • Understand ways that they can build their resilience throughout a day and in different situations
  • Support their peers

Exam stress

1-hour session

Young people returning to school or college will soon be undertaking exams after a long period out of usual education. This 1-hour workshop will give you the guidance and resources to be able to facilitate a 1-hour workshop on exam stress. The workshop you facilitate with young people will:

 

  • Draw on a range of techniques and strategies to cope with exam stress
  • Explain the basic differences between how the brain works when a person is stressed, compared with when they are relaxed and focused
  • Help them to develop an action plan for one month, one week and thirty minutes before an exam

Making decisions about the future

1-hour session

Young people may find this year has changed their thoughts about the future. They may we wondering what the path ahead looks like or worried about making the ‘wrong’ choices. This 1-hour workshop will give you the guidance and resources to be able to facilitate a 1-hour workshop on making decisions about the future. The workshop you facilitate with young people will:

 

  • Apply a wide range of methods and strategies to help them make decisions about the future
  • Describe how being curious can help them make good decisions and build emotional resilience
  • Enable them to write an action plan to improve making decisions about the future

Frequently asked questions and requirements

To take part:

  • You teach young people aged 14-18
  • You are based at a school or college in the UK
  • You are concerned about the mental health and resilience young people you support
  • You are able to undertake online training for 1 hour or 3 hours

If you are not currently teaching those aged 14-18 in a school or college in the UK, this training may not meet your needs.

The training is designed for teaching staff who are managing the return to secondary education after the disruption caused by COVID. The session content is based on issues faced by 14-18-year-old students and the transition challenges they are experiencing within the school and college environment in the UK.

We have limited places for training available which we would like to prioritise for those who are in our target group for training. If you work with young people outside of the target age group please use the resources available to you here:

Support for other youth work

Advice for parents and guardians

If you are not currently teaching those aged 14-18 in a school or college in the UK, this training may not meet your needs.

The training is designed for teaching staff who are managing the return to secondary education after the disruption caused by COVID. The session content is based on issues faced by 14-18 year old students and the transition challenges they are experiencing within the school and college environment in the UK. Teaching staff from schools and colleges can also support one another in through discussions, and the accompanying resources are designed to be used in a classroom.

We have limited places for training available which we would like to prioritise for those who are in our target group for training. If you work with young people outside of the school/college environment please use the resources available to you here.

 

If you are not currently teaching those aged 14-18 in a school or college in the UK, this training may not meet your needs.

The training is designed for teaching staff who are managing the return to secondary education after the disruption caused by COVID. The session content is based on issues faced by 14-18-year-old students and the transition challenges they are experiencing within the school and college environment in the UK.

We have limited places for training available which we would like to prioritise for those who are in our target group for training. If you are a parent concerned about your child, please use the resources available to you here.

If you are not currently teaching those aged 14-18 in a school or college in the UK, this training may not meet your needs.

The training is designed for teaching staff who are managing the return to UK secondary education after the disruption caused by COVID. The session content is based on issues faced by 14-18-year-old students and the transition challenges they are experiencing within the school and college environment in the UK. Teaching staff from schools and colleges can also support one another in through discussions, and the accompanying resources are designed to be used in a UK classroom.

We have limited places for training available which we would like to prioritise for those who are in our target group for training.

Once you have attended the training from our expert facilitators in mental health, you will receive the following resources allowing you to facilitate the resilience sessions in your school or college:

  • PowerPoint slides to support teaching
  • Electronic teacher guidebooks and student workbooks
  • Printed teacher guidebooks and student workbooks
  • Ongoing support from our expert mental health training associates to support you and answer any questions you may have about the delivery

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The online training is delivered through an easy-to-use platform where you can engage with other teaching staff as well as our expert mental health training associates. You can book to take part in the morning, afternoon or evening.

 

Our free sessions have limited tickets which can become full quickly. We know that there are sometimes disruptions to plans last-minute, and you may not be able to make the session you signed up for. If this is the case, even if it is very close to the event start time, we ask that you cancel your ticket through Eventbrite. Cancelling your ticket allows spaces for other teaching staff to book a place and means an overall better experience for the teaching staff who can attend.

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