Mental health & Wellbeing in Primary Schools
Invincible Me supports primary schools to create a culture that promotes and strengthens positive mental health & wellbeing for children, teachers and school leaders. Encouraging confidence, empathy and resilience from the beginning will encourage emotional development and academic achievement.
Charity information: Invincible Me
One in five children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once in their first 11 years. Evidence shows that educators have the ability to change the trajectory of a child’s life. However, in order to build self-confidence and resilience in children, they must have the personal and professional resources to be resilient themselves, and currently less than half of all primary school teachers say they’ve received adequate mental health training.
Invincible Me helps schools to take a strategic and sustainable approach to mental health and wellbeing. We advocate a whole school approach focusing on prevention rather than intervention; by giving teachers and school staff the support they need to identify potential issues, all children will have a better chance of success.
Our partner schools will develop, implement and
embed new behaviours, attitudes and ways of working which will have a positive effect on everyone in the school.
Run our programme with a cohort of 8-10 schools starting in the 2018-19 academic year
Activities» Pilot our new evaluation and measurement tools with schools in the cohort
» Develop robust evaluation methodology to highlight impact of the programme
» Create case studies for each school in cohort to look at successful outcomes as well as challenges
What success will look like
Success will be the launch of our programme in a cohort of schools by Summer term 2019
Secure funds to subsidise the programme for schools and make our organisation self-sustainable
Activities» Participate in the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge and achieve (or exceed) our target amount
» Run 1-2 fundraising events for potential donors and partners, to introduce them to Invincible Me and our programme
What success will look like
Success will be achieving our target amount during the Christmas Challenge and raising an additional £35K during the course of the 2018-19 financial year
Measurement of impact is built into every stage of our programme, ensuring a meaningful shift in the school environment rather than a short-term initiative that does not effect real change. Our evidence-informed approach in schools begins with a school-wide Strengths and Needs Audit and a wellbeing survey that engages school staff, parents and carers, and the children themselves. We believe we will see a positive shift in their responses over the course of the programme and beyond.
There is a risk that we will not get enough schools interested and willing to pay for the programme to launch a cohort during the 2018-19 academic year, or that we will not have enough funding to either support our operations, eg. management of the programme or subsidise the programme costs. We are dealing with these risks by sending out proposals early to schools and by creating a robust fundraising strategy with diverse revenue streams.
Donors to this project will receive a quarterly email update on the programme, and a copy of all case studies at the end of the programme. We will also organise at least one briefing event during the course of the programme.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £30,000 Delivery service delivery (subsidies for £3k per school x 10 schools within the cohort) £10,000 Project Mngmt project management of the programme £5,000 Materials materials for schools £5,000 Marketing marketing costs including website access for champions (see Aim 3)
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Merchant Taylors £10,000 Guaranteed Diverse City £20,000 Guaranteed
Children from disadvantaged families are more than three times as likely to suffer from mental health disorders as those in well-off families. We will focus our recruitment efforts on schools with high areas of deprivation, both in London and elsewhere in the UK, possibly the Midlands or Southwest.
Our programme is focused on providing positive benefits to the whole school community – that is everyone from the children and their families to the teachers, support staff and school leaders within the school. By creating a more positive and mentally healthy environment at every level and providing training to support this strategic work, the whole ethos of the school will shift and have long-term benefits.
Since we were registered in April 2017, Invincible Me has 1 of 4 grants from the Varkey Foundation, was selected as 1 of 10 charities on the Rainmaker Foundation charity accelerator programme, and was Charity of the Year for one of the primary schools on our UCL IOE joint pilot. We have recently been selected as Charity of the Year for the Merchant Taylors’ Company for 2018-19. Our focus on the whole school rather than selected individuals differentiates us from similar organisations.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Founder/ Executive Director MA in Education from Harvard University, 20+ years leading education programmes, including work for the DfE.
Trustee. Headteacher, Advisor on NW London CAHMs steering group and All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry of the Five Year Forward Plan.
Trustee. Longford Lifetime Achievement Award, OBE (2010) for services to prisoners’ families and disadvantaged people.
Aliza Blachman O'Keeffe
Trustee. Roles across business, political, nonprofit and community organisations, with focus on strategy, leadership, business development and comms.
Our Headteacher was ambivalent before we began the pilot, but he has seen the improvement in staff morale after a short time because they feel listened to and are coming up with solutions. The Head is now fully engaged and supportive of our work with Invincible Me.’