The UK's first university centre for improving mental health in schools is launched

Centre at Leeds Beckett University will offer professional development courses and a mental health quality mark.

 

Britain’s first university centre dedicated to improving mental health in schools has opened.

 

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has been established at Leeds Beckett University.

 

Similar centres already exist in the US and Canada. Its aim is to create a network of educators, mental health practitioners and researchers to define and communicate best practice for schools across the UK. It will collaborate with external organisations, developing new projects and initiatives. Staff also hope to inform government policy on mental health in schools.

 

The centre will offer an initial teacher-training (ITT) programme, which will allow new teachers to become experts in mental health support. This will cover relationships with pupils, as well as with their parents.

 

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