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Barry Carpenter's talk on promoting positive mental health in schools rescheduled

The session on by Prof Barry Carpenter had had to be rescheduled. Will will update the Web site as soon as a new date has been arranged.


On Decoding Mental Health; Promoting Positive Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being in Schools
Presenter: Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE, PhD International Educational Consultant.  Honorary Professor , University of Worcester.

Mental health is the most pervasive and co-occurring of all complex needs. The British Medical Association estimate that  2 in 10 of all young people experience some for of mental ill health during adolescence. In the realms of Autism this is much higher at around 60% of all ASD young people during adolescence .

 In children and young people with special educational needs there are at least two or three times as many with some form of mental health need. The new DfE  Code of Practice has at long last given an official focus for schools on Mental Health with the creation of the designated area of Social ,  Emotional and Mental Health.. How do schools keep their children emotionally strong? How do we develop a curriculum framework around emotional well-being? What pedagogy will facilitate the development of emotional resilience in our children with SEN?

An overarching aim of this presentation will be to provide schools with signposts to begin this journey, for and with our children. There will be an opportunity to use on line resources to support  personalisation of the curriculum , and professional learning .

Price: £149 per delegate including lunch


Barry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities’.

He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of  learning disability/special needs topics .In the last 12 months, his work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. His most recent book publications (with Carolyn Blackburn and Jo Egerton) focus upon Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In  2015 he co authored a book on Children with Complex Needs.

Barry lectures nationally and internationally,. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Portugal, and most recently in Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.  He is the co founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation he Chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He is currently Chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls with ASC.

Barry has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine. This year, (2016) he was awarded a CBE by the Queen his work  in the field of  Special Educational Needs. He was created OBE  in 2001 for services to children with Special Needs. 

Barry has 3 children – one a Vice Principal , one an Occupational Therapist , and a daughter with Down’s syndrome , who now has a home of her own.