Independent Schools’ Wellbeing conference returns in May

The Independent Schools’ Wellbeing conference will give schools practical strategies, research and pedagogy to meet the wellbeing needs of students and staff

The Independent Schools’ Wellbeing conference is returning this month with three online modules that will help independent schools ensure wellbeing throughout their school community and culture.

The event, which is split up over three Tuesdays, will cover a range of topics such as leadership that thrives in the face of change and challenge, tackling the rise of eating disorders, and encouraging healthy social media habits, amongst many others.

It is designed for heads, deputy heads, pastoral and wellbeing leads, counsellors and DSL’s, as well as housemasters/housemistresses, chaplains, nurses and PSHE co-ordinators.

Speakers include Natasha Devon MBE, writer, speaker and campaigner; Gaelle Sullivan, deputy head pastoral and head of boarding at Kent College Pembury; and Mike Buchanan, founder of Positively Leading and former HMC executive director.

Event organisers Optimus Education said: “The past 12 months have seen challenges for young people across the world. With changes to education and examinations, growing social isolation, increased screen time, and anxiety, the wellbeing of your school community matters more than ever.

“Students at independent schools, in the UK and abroad, often feel great pressure from their own internal, peer and family expectations. A drive to excel and competitive spirit can fuel achievement, however, developing resilience to cope with change, uncertainty or disappointment is crucial.

“Teachers have adapted at speed to deliver stimulating blended learning, manage new pressures and ensure work life balance. In every classroom and boarding house, there will be young people affected by challenging circumstances, anxiety, or social, emotional, mental health issues.

“This event provides research, pedagogy and practical strategies to meet the wellbeing needs of students and recognise the importance of ensuring a culture underpinned by staff wellbeing and pastoral care.”

Find out more about the Independent Schools’ Wellbeing conference

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