Improving children and young people’s mental health was identified by all those involved in developing our delivery plan as a key priority for Hastings. Schools and colleges play a central role in children and young people’s lives and so it is vitally important that they have access to training and support to enable their staff to develop their skills, confidence and their own resilience, so that they can in turn support the children and young people that they work with.

We have provided additional support to schools, so that they can review how well their school is promoting their pupils’ mental health and emotional well-being and develop a plan for how they can improve this. We have reviewed, with schools, the results from this work and are now putting in place a programme of training and support for schools across Hastings.

Free Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Training and Support for Hastings Schools

The HOA is funding ‘Boingboing Resilience CIC’, an organisation with expertise in supporting schools to develop their work to promote children’s mental health and emotional well-being, to provide; Free support for your school to further implement whole school approaches to supporting children and young people’s emotional well-being, alongside support to implement personal, social and health education for primary and secondary schools. A package of support including face to face, phone or virtual consultation can be designed to suit your availability and needs.

Hastings schools can book 1 hour live digital training slots either as 1:1’s or as small group work. Packages can include:

  • Whole School Approach consultation (Covid focus)
  • Pupil or parent voice audits 
  • Using the East Sussex mental health guide training
  • Teaching RSHE with confidence and much more
  • MHEW Primary school training bespoke or general

Boingboing’s free offer can be utilised by schools in whichever way suits them and the package can be designed to suit any availability. School staff can attend from home or at school. The training can be delivered as twilight sessions or breakfast meetings if required.

Please contact annerathbone@boingboing.org.uk for further information on any or all of the free offers for Hastings schools. https://www.boingboing.org.uk/.

Access Quick Tips Videos

In response to the  challenging circumstances, Boingboing have produced some Virtual top tips Video’s  on subjects that include Staff resilience, RSHE support and Trauma related practice. 

  • The first video introduces you to Boingboing’s resilience approach
  • Series 1: Four video’s linked to Staff wellbeing
  • Series 2: Two video’s linked to RSHE Teaching Tips
  • Series 3: Two video’s summarising the twilight training sessions on trauma

Boingboing Resilience – Identifying and addressing mental health needs

This Boingboing Resilience training video looks at identifying and addressing mental health needs in schools. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base to inform all our practice and training. This training is delivered for Hastings Opportunity Area by Dr Claire Stubbs from Boingboing Resilience CIC.

Series 1 Boingboing Resilience  – Video 1 Staff wellbeing – Principles of our Approach 

The first in a series of training videos from Boingboing focused on staff wellbeing. In this video Gabrielle talks about the principles underlying the Boingboing Resilience approach and how these can be used to developed an approach which works in your school or college. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base and our practical experience in schools and colleges across the country. This informs all our practice and training ideas. This training is delivered on the behalf of Hastings Opportunity Area. Title music by bensound.com.

series 1 Boingboing Resilience – video 2 Staff wellbeing – Planning Staff Wellbeing using the Noble

This Boingboing Resilience training video examines how to plan resilient moves for staff wellbeing across the school. The Noble Truths are useful underlying themes which you can hold in mind when you begin mapping out what you would like to do to support staff wellbeing in schools and colleges. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base and our practical experience in schools and colleges across the country. This informs all our practice and training ideas. This training is delivered on the behalf of Hastings Opportunity Area. Title music by bensound.com.

series 1 Boingboing Resilience – video 3 Staff wellbeing Belonging

This Boingboing Resilience training video looks at how a sense of belonging can promote staff wellbeing in schools. There are many different ways we have seen schools and colleges ensure their staff feel a sense of belonging. This clip examines different ideas which could work in your community and how everyone has a part to play. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base and our practical experience in schools and colleges across the country. This informs all our practice and training ideas. This training is delivered on the behalf of Hastings Opportunity Area. Title music by bensound.com.

series 1 Boingboing Resilience – video 4 Staff wellbeing Coping Skills

This Boingboing Resilience training video looks at how schools and colleges can create time and space for staff to access and develop a range of coping skills when things get tough. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base and our practical experience in schools and colleges across the country. This informs all our practice and training ideas. This training is delivered on the behalf of Hastings Opportunity Area. Title music by bensound.com.


RSHE Teaching Tips – Where to Start

series 2 Boingboing Resilience – video 1 Introduction to statutory RSHE (PSHE)

The first part of 2 parts this Boingboing Resilience training video introduces important aspects of the new statutory RHSE / PHSE. It provides a good starting point for thinking about RSHE in particular the mental health and relationships aspects of the curriculum. You can use this for an overview before watching more detailed videos about teaching RSHE in your school. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base and our practical experience in schools and colleges across the country. This informs all our practice and training ideas. This training is delivered on the behalf of Hastings Opportunity Area. Title music by bensound.com.

series 2 Boingboing Resilience – video 2 Aims and content of the RHE curriculum

The second part of this 2-part Boingboing Resilience training video continues to look at RHSE / PHSE sessions in schools with a focus on mental health and relationships as well as enhancing teaching practice. This video explores the aims of the new curriculum and why it is so important for pupils especially at this time. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base and our practical experience in schools and colleges across the country. This informs all our practice and training ideas. This training is delivered on the behalf of Hastings Opportunity Area. Title music by bensound.com.


Weekly MHEW RSHE Open Surgery

 Join the weekly MHEW RSHE Open Surgery
Every Thursday in Term time
7 January to 11 February, 3.30 till 4.30.
Please contact gabrielle@boingboing.org.uk 

Twilight Training Sessions

Twilight trauma session part 1 and 2 are the first videos to be released in series 3 of the Boingboing Resilience twilight training summary videos. These videos may be useful to share with staff that missed previous training sessions delivered by Boingboing covering specific Mental Health subjects. There will be more videos added to this series in the near future.

series 3 Boingboing Resilience – Understanding trauma and supporting children part 1

This Boingboing Resilience training video looks at understanding trauma and supporting children. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base to inform all our practice and training. This training is delivered for Hastings Opportunity Area by Dr Claire Stubbs from Boingboing Resilience CIC.

series 3 Boingboing Resilience – Understanding trauma and supporting children Part 2

This Boingboing Resilience training video looks at understanding trauma and supporting children. Boingboing is a research and practice organisation which uses insights from the resilience research evidence base to inform all our practice and training. This training is delivered for Hastings Opportunity Area by Dr Claire Stubbs from Boingboing Resilience CIC.