This programme of twilight sessions is free of charge to any primary school staff in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea. Commissioned by Hastings Opportunity Area, the sessions offer a focused insight into specific mental health issues experienced by pupils and regularly faced by school staff. Details are provided by course and date below. All sessions will be held at FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AS. Booking is required. Please follow the Eventbrite link for each course or via the Boingboing website.


Promoting staff resilience

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AS Trainer: Dr Claire Stubbs

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Aim: In order to look after others, we have to look after ourselves. This session looks at what might undermine our resilience and utilising concepts from psychology, how we can support and nurture our resilience at both an individual and organisational level.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand what undermines your resilience at work, both individually and organisationally
  • To develop greater understanding of psychological concepts that you can take advantage of in support of your own resilience
  • To develop a toolkit of resilient moves that you can make in support of your resilience

Understanding school refusal and anxiety

Date: Tuesday 24 March 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AS Trainer: Dr Claire Stubbs

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Aim: School refusal can be really tough for everyone involved. The aim of this session is to both understand and to step into the world of everyone involved. We will explore what can be done to support everyone’s resilience.

Learning objectives:

  • To acquire a greater understanding regarding anxiety in relation to school refusal
  • To understand how to respond to anxiety and what works to reduce this
  • To develop a toolkit of whole school approach ideas and suggestions
  • To have more understanding about what can support parents, children’s and school staff resilience in relation to school refusal and anxiety

Understanding trauma – Part 1 and part 2

Date: Part one: Tuesday 21 April 2020
Date: Part two: Tuesday 28 April 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm (for both sessions)

Venue: FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on Sea, TN37 6AS Trainer: Dr Claire Stubbs

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Aim: To highlight the biological, developmental and social impact of trauma on children and how to support them to thrive academically whilst they are negotiating such challenges.

Learning objectives:

  • To have a greater understanding of the biological, developmental and social impact of trauma on children
  • How to identify when children’s behaviour is a response to trauma
  • How to respond to a range of children’s needs when they have experienced trauma
  • To create a toolkit of ideas and suggestions for whole school approaches to responding to trauma and adversity

Supporting children to manage difficult emotions and responding to self- harm (cutting, eating, biting, hair pulling, etc.)

Date: Tuesday 12 May 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AS Trainer: Dr Claire Stubbs

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Aim: The aim of this session will be to look at how children might respond to their difficult feelings in ways that are detrimental to them, why they might do this and how we can nurture a different response.

Learning objectives:

  • To encourage a deeper understanding as to why children self-harm
  • To highlight the range of ways in which children are hurting themselves
  • To identify ways of supporting children to identify their emotions
  • To acquire strategies for supporting children to respond to their difficult emotions in a more nurturing way
  • To create a toolkit of whole school approaches for responding to and nurturing difficult emotions

Domestic violence and resilience

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AS Trainer: Dr Claire Stubbs

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Aim: The aim of this session is to understand the impact of domestic violence on children’s ability to thrive, and how to deliver whole school approaches that nurture everyone’s resilience.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the biological, social and psychological impact of domestic violence on the family in relation to schooling
  • To be able to identify the psychological needs of children who have experienced and are experiencing domestic violence
  • To create a toolkit of ideas and strategies for responding to domestic violence from a whole school approach

Supporting marginalised parents

Date: Tuesday 23 June 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AS Trainer: Dr Claire Stubbs

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Aim: The aim of this session is to explore strategies to engage parents who are as disadvantaged emotionally as their children, and therefore may require alternative approaches to support engagement.

Learning objectives:

  • To have a greater understanding of the psychological needs of the parents of children with complex needs
  • To create a toolkit of ideas and strategies for responding to and engaging marginalised parents
  • To feel empowered and confident in creating strategies to engage parents as part of a whole school approach

Supporting parents and children through transition

Date: Tuesday 30 June 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: FSN, 66 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AS Trainer: Dr Claire Stubbs

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Aim: Transition can be a really challenging time and this can be compounded if there are vulnerabilities or complex needs. This session will consider how and why this time can be so challenging and how to support children with complex needs and parents through it.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand transition and the potential impact on parents and children with complex needs
  • To transfer this understanding into the development of creative strategies for support during this vulnerable time