Training for schools

Information about mental health and wellbeing training for schools staff and governors. Includes training courses and online, on-demand training. 

(For a full list of current training offered by Headstart Kernow please go to

5 Steps: Promoting Wellbeing seminar

View our 5 Steps: Promoting Wellbeing seminar, held on 4th March. It featured a key note from PSHE Association's CEO Jonathan Baggaley, Assistant Headteacher Michelle Roddy and Headteacher Chris McCormack spoke about the fantastic wellbeing initiatives in their school (St Bonaventure's), and Anna Freud Centre's Dr Lili Ly told us more about the role of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP's).
We are holding the fifth in the series of our 5 Steps seminars – Working Together - on 29th April. Hannah Stolton, Chief Executive of Governors for Schools will be leading the presentation. So far 98% of our attendees said that they would attend another session, so don’t miss out - book your place today!

You can find all of the 5 Steps seminar recordings and materials here.


RSVP to seminar

Building on current trauma informed training and practice already being delivered across the county SPACE provides an accessible, flexible toolkit of high-quality resources for professionals, enabling them to work with groups of parents and carers.

SPACE is a relationship-based delivery model which actively advocates and promotes working in partnership alongside parents. It helps support them in recognising the impact of adult behaviours on children, and how they can develop protective behaviours and resilience in both themselves and their children.

A universal programme intended for all parents, SPACE supports in the building of knowledge and learning that promotes a good understanding of both children’s and adult’s emotional health, wellbeing and behaviour and how life experiences can influence this

Once trained, facilitators will be able to deliver a 5-week education programme to groups of parents/carers offering practical activities and insights into the neuroscience behind trauma, attachment theories, toxic stress responses and why protective factors are important.

Addressing topics such as: Biological Stress responses, Impact of ACEs and trauma, Attachment theories and nurturing parents, Understanding behaviour and resilience, Protective behaviours, Child development milestones, Managing difficult emotions, Importance of self-care and nurturing children and Healthy relationships.

*Note – SPACE has been designed to enable facilitators to deliver to groups of parents/carers. The activities and sessions included within the programme would make this toolkit unsuitable for use in 1:1 work. 

Upcoming training dates: 16–17 March, 20–21 April, 4–5 May, 18–19 May, 15–16 June and 20–21 July

For additional dates and to book your FREE place on SPACE facilitators Training go to: SPACE - Headstart Cornwall - Rock Pool Life C.I.C

This free training covers how to use the tool and assess young people's online behaviour; what to do when you have identified a behaviour and online activities and the law. 

Pooky KnightsmithThe Wellbeing Hub is excited to announce that we are working in partnership with Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Creative Education. This will enable us to offer school staff / governors in Cornwall FREE and FULL access to the ENTIRE library of Creative Education’s on-demand training; live learning and resources for up to 1000 Hub members between now and December 31st 2022.

At the heart of the offer is the fantastic wellbeing training / events and support created by Pooky. Many of you will know her work already.

As well as access to the Creative Education website. Pooky will be offering:

  • six live webinars (bespoke for Cornwall which Hub members will be able to help shape) 

    Save the dates: 4th March 2021, 29th April 2021, 17th June 2021, 23rd September 2021, 25th November 2021 and 3rd February 2021, all 4pm - 5:30pm.

  • Support for the development of a Mental Health Leads in schools Network and Cornwall’s support for a Whole School Approach to Wellbeing

Great! How do I get involved?

All you need to do is complete the form on the link below:

You will then have access to all of the on demand courses available on the site, plus the longer pathways

If you are having difficulties accessing the Creative Education site you can get in touch with their helpdesk at

The offer is available to school staff and governors in Cornwall. If you change roles / setting please update your details. If you leave again please let us know. We can reuse places. 

Please don't share this link with others outside Cornwall.

If you'd like to share with colleagues in school please send them this link so they can join the Hub first:

Protective Behaviours - Foundation Course

The Protective Behaviours Foundation Course is a 2-day course (currently split over 4 x 3 online hour sessions) for anyone who lives and/or works with children, young people, or adults. 

The Foundation course introduces the 5 elements of the PB process and provides opportunities to experience the 7 strategies in action...

Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours is a practical down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by helping individuals to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection. The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life that satisfies the need for fun and excitement without violence and fear.

More information on our website

Following the introductory Webinars in Autumn 2020 we are offering a series of 45 minute themed sessions, including Staff Wellbeing; Supporting Staff Wellbeing for School Leaders; Anxiety & Low-Mood; Emotionally Based School Avoidance; Trauma & Stress and Bereavement & Loss. The sessions are based on the feedback/requests we received as part of Phase One.

More information about the themed sessions

Please let us know what further support / sessions would be helpful.

Webinar 1, Part 1&2
Part 1 - Meeting the needs of young people in schools who feel isolated, worthless, anxious or depressed (age 13-25)
Part 2 - Meeting the needs of young people in schools who feel angry, unmotivated, alienated from schoolwork (age 13-25)
Access code - 5B3C42B7JI

Webinar 2
Attachment Play For Children in Primary Schools
Access code - 63JJ57BAE5

Webinar 3
The resilience narrative in schools: How does it sit with what we know about trauma and recovery?
Access code - 49IJ4I78GE

Whole staff training sessions available on these dates: BOOK HERE

    1. 25 January, 3.30 – 6.30pm (part 1)
    2. 26 January, 3.30 – 6.30pm (part 2)
    3. 1st March, 6pm – 9pm – a dedicated 3 hr TIS overview for all professionals working in the voluntary and community sectors.

Please invite your colleagues to attend the whole staff training as they are available to all professionals working with children and young people.