Voice of the Pupil Project

14th Sep 2018

Cost (non-member)

Dr Peter Mulholland, Senior Educational Psychologist at Durham County Council and Chair of the Voice of the Pupil working group, will be leading the sessions alongside SCHOOLS NorthEast Director Mike Parker.

The person the school intends to carry out the focus groups in their setting and the subsequent analysis should attend the event. We recommend this be a member of the SLT, though another member of staff can be nominated if there are guarantees of SLT support.

This is a short event lasting around 90 minutes. You can attend the morning session in the north of the region or the afternoon session in the south of the region. The subsequent training workshops will be held on 5th and 19th October.


Title: Voice of the Pupil – Introductory Session
Date: Friday 14th Sep 2018
Venues: Boldon School and Inspire2Learn Redcar
Cost: FREE
Times: Morning event (Boldon School, New Rd, Boldon Colliery, NE35 9DZ) - 09.00-10.30 (Registration from 8.30am)
Afternoon event (Inspire2Learn, South Bank, Normanby Rd, Middlesbrough TS6 9AE) - 13.00-14.30 (Registration from 12.30pm)

Click below to book your place on to either the morning or afternoon event:

Morning event (Boldon School)
Afternoon event (Inspire2Learn Redcar)

Please note that due to the limit of 30 schools in this wave we cannot guarantee that attendance at the event will mean your school will be selected for participation.

Further information

The SCHOOLS NorthEast Healthy MindED Commission recognised from the outset that great value could be derived from properly engaging pupils in the mental health debate.

Our “Voice of the Pupil” work is what emerged from this. This project uses small focus groups with pupils in school settings to explore their own experiences of mental health and shape school-based mental health interventions.

In March and April 2018 the initial piloting was completed across five North East schools, two primaries and secondaries and one special. The outcomes from the sessions were shared with delegates at the SCHOOLS NorthEast Healthy MindED conference on 24 May.

We now want to widen the study across 30 North East schools. Each school will be offered free training to carry out the focus groups in their own settings and be supported by a key partner from another school. A resource pack will also be provided.

The insight gained from these discussions will help inform school development plans in relation to mental health and also feed back to the Commission to allow for reporting at a regional and national level.

For any queries or questions email SCHOOLS NorthEast’s Policy Officer Christopher Hawkins at c.hawkins@schoolsnortheast.com


Boldon School and Inspire2Learn Redcar