Over 120 church school leaders from the Diocese of Worcester came together for the annual Headteachers’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference, held at Stanbrook Abbey on Friday 19 October. The theme of ‘Good Mental Health and Well-being for All’, provided delegates with a chance to consider their own mental health, as well as that of those they teach, lead and support in school.

Headteachers conference 2018The day began with worship and reflection led by the Archdeacon of Worcester, Robert Jones, giving delegates space ahead of a full, but rewarding day. Throughout the day, the opportunity for 1:1 prayer and reflection was offered by the Revd Jo and Shahne Vickery.

The Archdeacon of Worcester, Robert Jones, said, “At the start of the day we tried to make a space for our headteachers to hear from God, just how valued and loved each of them are.”

Key-note speeches were delivered by the Ethical Leadership Commission, the Centre for Appearance Research, HeartSmart and the Self-Esteem Team, covering a range of topics related to mental health and well-being.

“These people are on the front line in our schools,” Robert continued. “They are working really hard and it’s brilliant for them to have this opportunity to come together, to hear from experts, but also to hear from each other. Well-being is not just for the children for whom they care. Well-being is vital for those like these wonderful headteachers and senior leaders too.”

Delegates were invited to explore the day’s themes and resources further in the mental health and well-being market-place, where there was also an opportunity to meet the key-note speakers. Stalls were included from national organisations, including Samaritans and Gendered Intelligence, as well as from the local area, like Footsteps and Talkthrough.