Leeds Mental Health in Education Show.

Friday 14th June 2024.


Richard Daniel Curtis - National Trends in Mental Health Strategy


£15 +VAT

Richard Daniel Curtis will be presenting national data gathered on mental health and wellbeing provision gathered through the free school and college audit tool (https://audit.mentalhealthlead.com)

Dr Alexandra Hennessey - Perspective on understanding what school provision for supporting social and emotional mental wellbeing can look like


£15 +VAT

There is growing emphasis for education settings to promote wellbeing and school provision is a recognised avenue for achieving this. This talk will first explore work understanding both the need for and the perspective of children and young people on what school provision for supporting social and emotional mental wellbeing should look like. Second, it will dive into an exploration of the need for this provision to be whole school through the “Well Schools” whole school approach. This is a framework that places emphasis on the wellbeing of staff and pupils to improve education outcomes.  

Seminar 3


Neil Johnson - Mental Health – Supporting students to support themselves through an online ‘one stop shop’ Resource Hub


£15 +VAT

Neil Johnson from Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College talks about the development of an online hub for students, staff and parents. 

Seminar 5


Grace Richards - Current Research on Mental Health in Secondary Education


£15 +VAT

Grace’s presentation will outline some of the key findings from her PhD studies. As part of her PhD, Grace has conducted retrospective interviews with adults about their mental health experiences at secondary school, worked with a current secondary school to evaluate their mental health interventions, and created and is implementing a new student resilience-building intervention. She hopes that it will be both interesting and valuable for staff to hear what research is being conducted in the secondary education mental health area.




A talk from this years Keynote speaker.

This will be followed by the presentation of this years SEND Awards winners.

Alison Grimshaw & Yvonne Monaghan - The missing piece of the Jigsaw – Sensory Integration Difficulties



Discovering learners are struggling with sensory processing difficulties can sometimes be the missing piece of the jigsaw in gaining an understanding of learners social, emotional, and mental health difficulties. 


We will explore how sensory processing difficulties are sometimes overlooked and how we can make a difference by integrating short simple strategies throughout the day. The focus will be on tactile, vestibular, interoception. and proprioception as these senses have a significant impact on learner’s experiences within school. Targeting specific needs with strategies to support individual learners to feel more comfortable in the classroom often has a dramatic impact.  

Alexandra Foster & Robert Fisher - Pursuing the Power of Nature in Wellbeing



The workshop will take you through the Japanese techniques of forest bathing, including the peer reviewed and data driven results. Learn how implementing a structured nature intervention has a wide variety of mental and physical health benefits for all ages. We will use Q&A and group discussion to work out how this would look in your setting and anticipate any barriers to use. 

Dr Nic Hooper - Psychological Flexibility – A New Approach to Mental Health



Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is quickly becoming part of mainstream mental health intervention services, and a developmentally appropriate version of ACT (called DNAv) is gathering momentum in clinical and educational contexts. The purpose of this talk is to introduce audience members to the basics of this approach, how those basics make this approach a fundamentally new one relative to other mainstream interventions, some applications of this approach in education and the state of the research. 

Wendy Parrott & Laura Hartley - Cancer and Mental Health in Young People



Introduction to Youth Cancer Trust. Our history and the services we provide.  

Youth Cancer Trust holidays and online support programme.  

Mental Health and our Young People.  

Young People’s Voices: Their experience of mental health during and after cancer treatment.  

What change our young people would like to see in mental health and education to support young cancer patients.  

Primary education Mental Health Lead networking



An oppurtunity to meet with Leads from your own phases.

How to find the show.

The venue address is:

Leeds Armouries
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT

    By Car.

    There is a car park operated by CitiPark on Armouries Drive, next to the Museum.

    By Bus.

    The Royal Armouries Museum is approximately 15 to 20 minutes walk from Leeds bus station (approximately 0.9 kilometres/0.6 miles).

    Yorkshire Buses Line 29 runs from Woodhouse (University of Leeds) through to Hunslet Shopping Centre, calling at Hyde Park, Leeds City centre and Leeds Dock – alight here for the Royal Armouries Museum.

    By Train.

    The museum is approximately 20 to 25 minutes walk from Leeds railway station (approximately 1.3 kilometres/0.8 miles).

    For Your Convenience.

    If you have any questions about the venue or accessing the venue please give the Royal Armouries team a call and one of their friendly team will be pleased to help. 0113 220 1916 or email enquiries@armouries.org.uk

    Car Parking.

    For patrons visiting by car, the Riverside pay and display car park is located just outside the main entrance of the theatre. Alternative parking can be found at Wellington Street and Dickens Street car parks.

    There are five accessible parking spaces provided for visitors with disabilities in the coach park area by the Holiday Inn opposite.

    Wheelchair Access.

    The museum entrance is 100 metres (approximately 110 yards) across Armouries Square from the museum’s disabled parking spaces, coach park, and drop-off point.

    The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

    Child & Baby Facilities.

    There are baby changing facilities on the first and second floors.

    Interested in attending? Check out what's planned for this year's events.