Head-ED is a universal scheme of work designed for use in a upper KS3/KS4 PSHE classroom.  It has been developed from conversations with student panels regarding what they would like to know about mental health and wellbeing and the issues that they feel cause their mental health to suffer.

The scheme has been written by a teacher and has had input from charities including BEAT and Mind to ensure that schools are being offered high quality, workable lesson plans and resources.  Differentiation, cross curricular links and a terminal assessment provide schools with the confidence to use this scheme as part of a high quality PSHE program.

Lessons cover factual information about mental health and illness, ideas about mental health stigma and mindfulness techniques to encourage students to manage their own stress and anxiety.  The mental health disorders included in the scheme are stress and anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self harm.  We’ve also included real life stories throughout the scheme from young people who have experienced mental health conditions in their lives to encourage students to place lesson content into real life contexts.

These resources are available to download for free.  However, we would really appreciate your help with our research – this simply involves registering with us and asking your students to complete a short, anonymous, online questionnaire before the lessons start and again after completion of the programme.  To register, or if you have any questions, please email: mhis-project@york.ac.uk