Diary Date: CAPH Spring Conference - Wednesday 13th March 2024 with Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Jo Bradley

CAPH Spring Conference - 13th March 2024

CAPH Spring Conference for School Leaders 
Practical Insights: Lasting Impact 
A Whole School Approach to Mental Health
Wednesday 13th March 2024 - Atlantic Hotel - Newquay
If you have missed booking - please email michelle@caph.org.uk


We are delighted to bring you Dr Pooky Knightsmith.


An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, understanding and knowledge they need to support the children in their care. 

 Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of many books, is the research and development director at Creative Education and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She lives in Sussex with her two daughters, husband, mother-in-law and three dogs.  She’s a keen climber an amateur knitter and a tenor in her local choir. She lives with PTSD and autism.

 Heard, Held, Healed: Shaping Supportive School Communities

Drawing together guiding principles of inclusion and trauma-informed practice, this session answers the question ‘Who do I need to be?’ for all leaders and practitioners hoping to enable children to thrive in the current context. With themes including listening, belonging, anxiety, behaviour, safety and pride you’ll go away with a framework of best practice and a range of ideas to make it happen.


  • Guiding principles and new ways of thinking to inspire top-down change
  • Next day practical, high impact ideas that enable bottom up change.
  • An evidence inspired talk bought to life with personal experience.
  • A talk that gets people talking
  • Recommended resources for continued learning.


Supportive Strategies: Navigating Student Behaviour and Anxiety

This session will focus on understanding and supporting student behaviour and anxiety within educational settings.

Participants will gain skills in responding calmly, compassionately, yet proactively to challenging situations, and develop deeper insights into the root causes of behaviours that challenge. Additionally, attendees will learn to effectively identify and manage student anxiety.

Designed to enrich your professional toolkit, this session offers practical strategies that can be seamlessly integrated into daily interactions with students.

Our aim is to foster a more supportive and understanding environment, one that addresses immediate challenges while promoting the overall wellbeing and growth of students.


These strategies can also be used to engage parents, families and services and provide you with the confidence in conversations around young people’s mental health

Our afternoon will be lead by Jo Bradley


Jo Bradley, prioritises and promotes mental and emotional well-being in schools and homes with regular wellbeing and self-regulation practices that empower leaders, teachers, children and parents to live, learn and work with more awareness, ease and happiness. Once an assistant headteacher and teacher herself, she now offers short courses, workshops, memberships and school trainings. She absolutely loves what she does.


Resilience in the classroom starts in the staffroom: Practical strategies for boosting staff morale and improving wellbeing.


This interactive session allows you the opportunity to pause and experience the value of punctuating your day with self-awareness and self-regulation. We will look at ways you can build in healthy habits for yourself and within school and with simple, workable actions, upgrade your whole-school culture of wellbeing.



  • Time for self-reflection and consideration of your own wellbeing with a focus on purpose, perspective and positivity and ways you can sustainably empower staff and students to choose what works for them.
  • To acknowledge work-place stress and the role that unhelpful thinking and uncomfortable emotions have in people’s capacity to cope with challenge and change.
  • To work with case scenarios and real-life examples of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are experienced by leaders and staff in school and be given an opportunity to re-write them with greater perspective and lens of being well.
  • To go away with a bank of practical starters and activities that make it easy to elevate the focus of wellbeing in your school and embed as a regular feature of your school culture. Acknowledging, tackling, processing and talking about positive mental health in ways that are workable, realistic and manageable for all.