Councillor Suzy Horton with keynote speaker Natasha Devon MBE
Staff from schools across Portsmouth attended the inaugural 'Wellbeing in Education' conference last week, Monday 25th May, and heard from experts on mental health, body image, gender and social equality as part of Portsmouth City Council's ongoing strategy to promote wellbeing and resilience in education.
Headteachers, governors, wellbeing leaders, students, support staff and other professionals attended the conference to understand how to access services, share best practices and learn from experts. Previous events and activities in the city which focussed on wellbeing helped to shape the agenda for today's conference and the topics discussed will help the council to continue to enhance wellbeing and resilience support to schools.
Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "It's vital that schools are well equipped to promote and support good mental health and resilience in both staff and children, and to be able to signpost people on to specialist services when needed. Today's conference provided a great platform for people to share ways of encouraging positive mental wellbeing, which we know helps students to learn more effectively."