Who is the course for and what’s it about?
This course will support senior leadership teams to implement a whole-school approach to mental health by developing a bespoke mental health and emotional wellbeing policy. This policy will support staff, pupils, parents and carers, following the eight principles of the whole school approach to mental health.
With 1 in 6 young people having some form of diagnosable mental distress and greater demands since the pandemic, it can sometimes seem like an impossible task for the emotional needs of our young people to fall on a pastoral team or just one go-to person.
The ROAR course will strengthen the senior leadership team by developing knowledge and resilience within their staff to respond to the mental health needs of their young people, their families and their own staff.
ROAR equips leads to be the first-line response for a child in distress. The course covers an overview of mental health, and how we can respond to anxiety, low mood, depression, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, and parental mental distress.
Watch how staff and pupils at Blessed Sacrament Primary School have embraced the ROAR approach throughout the school, in everyday life.
There is a need for staff training. However, this training should not aim to train staff to become mental health professionals. Instead, it should focus on how to recognise the signs of mental health problems, where to go to get help, what to expect from outside help and importantly what to do when staff do not get the help they know they should.
Member of staff, SEN school
Follow the links to register and book delegate places
National schools book here – ROAR Response to Mental Health in Primary Schools – National – Roar Response
Liverpool schools only book here – November 2022 course: ROAR Response to Mental Health in Primary Schools – Liverpool – Roar Response OR March 2023 course: ROAR Response to Mental Health in Primary Schools – Liverpool – Roar Response
What is ROCKET?
ROCKET is a one-day, interactive course aimed at primary aged children to enable them to become resilience champions within their schools. The role of the group will be to look at what the school already does to promote resilience, but also where the areas for improvement are regarding resilience, and how the resilience champions can improve on these.
Throughout the course we make reference to Resilient Ralph – so for those schools who have received the ROAR Training, the ROCKET Course really compliments and works alongside ROAR, both of which have been developed by the MYA RAISE Team.
What does ROCKET stand for?
ROCKET stands for Resilient, Open, Caring, Kind, Equal, Togetherness.
When developing ROCKET, we consulted with primary schools in Liverpool to ensure the course would be useful and beneficial to the school, and therefore we trialled the final course to these two schools which gained really positive feedback from both children and staff.
Who can it be delivered to?
The course can be delivered to up to a class of children and is delivered as a full day’s training that fits in with your school day. We recommend the course being delivered to years 5 and 6, and you can target a specific year group or have a mix across year groups.
You can target a specific year group or have a mix across year groups.
The course is split into five separate workshops:
- What is mental health?
- What is resilience and when am I resilient, and who helps me?
- What makes a good resilience champion? The importance of kindness and being a good role model
- Exploring scenarios, such as loneliness and bullying and the impact on mental health and things such as sleep (these can be tailored to your school)
- ROCKET Voice – launching the ROCKET in your school and enabling children to have a voice around spreading kindness in their school and how this is done