Mental Health and Relationships Programme

Summary of Programme:

In 2023 the Mental Health and Relationships (MH&R) Programme reaches its fifth year and a new and exciting phase. 87 primary schools over the last 4 years have already benefitted from access to resources and training to support children with essential skills such as building empathy, communication and resilience with healthy friendships and resolving conflicts with peers. The resources and training have been developed and refined over that period and are now available to all primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The aims are to ensure that all primaries have access to:

  • High quality resources to teach all children (YR-Y6) about healthy friendships and anti-bullying – Reference the Antibullying Theme Set and Healthy Friendships Pack.
  • Materials focusing on conflict resolution skills for all children – Reference the Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Pack
  • Materials to support the training of peer mediators and implementation of a peer mediation service
  • Resources for use with groups experiencing difficulties with friendships, including coercive and manipulative bullying behaviour – Reference the Promoting Healthy Friendships Pack.
  • Training to build staff confidence to use the resources and build whole school approaches.

The programme is led by the Cambridgeshire PSHE Service, funded by Public Health. Schools may register interest and seek support by contacting the service: [email protected]

In addition to the resources available (see below) schools may also access the following training and briefing sessions:

  • Online Anti-bullying Theme Set Launch 26th September (recording will be available)
  • In person Anti-bullying Theme Set Launch 27th September, ICA Peterborough
  • Online Launch Events for Mental Health and Relationships programme 10/11th October 2023
  • Mental Health and Relationships Programme leaders’ training, online and in person options 7th/15th November 2023.
  • Practitioner’s Briefings for colleagues managing/delivering the resources and interventions in school. Online 10th/11th January 2024
  • Networking and Good Practice Sharing Online 12th/13th March

Please sign up for these training sessions and recordings using this form

Links to associated pages include:

Anti-Bullying – Healthy Schools

Relationships – Primary – Healthy Schools

LGBTQ+ – Healthy Schools

Summary of Resources

Primary Anti-bullying Themeset:

Audience : Primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who do not subscribe or hold a licence for the Cambs PSHE Service Primary Development Programme.

Contents: The resource contains Units of Works for use in PSHE lessons (YR-Y6) covering Antibullying themes, a model Anti-bullying Policy and support with responding to bullying in school.

Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Pack:

Audience: Primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Contents: The resource contains a series of four Units of Work (YR-Y6) focusing on building resilience and skills to resolve low level conflict. The Units of Work may be used following the delivery of PSHE lessons on broader healthy relationships and anti-bullying themes (See Anti-bullying Toolkit above). The Pack also contains an extensive programme for training Peer Mediators to support with low level conflict resolution in school and a manual for Programme leaders.

Promoting Healthy Friendships Pack:

Audience: Primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Contents: This resources may be used for small groups of KS2 children who are experiencing challenge in their friendships, particularly relating to indirect bullying behaviours such as exclusion, manipulation and coercion. The content may be adapted for use in whole class groups.

Staff Training and Information Resources:

Audience: Primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Contents: A growing collection of recorded training briefings and online modules to support use of the resources above and school approach to Mental Health and Relationships.

To access these resources please request the password here