Supporting the Mental Health Needs of pupils with Neurodevelopmental Difficulties (primarily ASC)

By September 25, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

Thanks to funding from Health Education England, Teach Manchester has developed a 5 module training package for schools to help them to understand and support the mental health needs of pupils with Neurodevelopmental Difficulties (primarily ASC).

This programme will be clinically quality assured by Manchester CAMHS and delivered by expert practitioners from mainstream and specialist provision throughout the 5-19 age range.
Programme content will include; Understanding Neurodevelopmental Difficulties, how these and mental health issues manifest in a classroom environment; and how these needs may change over time. It will also include an exploration of typical and non-typical ASC Behaviours on a continuum, transitioning through key educational milestones e.g. primary to secondary, and Action Planning towards a school charter.

  • Permanent exclusions from school are on the increase. Many of these children may have a diagnosed neurodevelopmental difficulty.
  • 10% of children aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health difficulty (source: Children’s Society 2008)
  • 90% of teachers reported seeing an increased rate of mental illness with 62% dealing with a pupil’s mental-health problem at least once per month (source: Parentzone survey 2016)
  • Over 70% of children with autism also experience mental health problems such as depression, OCD and other anxiety disorders.
  • Many children with autism will first experience these before the age of five years and 40% will develop two or more such disorders.

Do you want to learn more about how you could support these children and young people?


The programme is aimed at senior staff in school, for example school SENDCos and those on the leadership team with the seniority to deliver whole school training and change. This programme is not suitable for TAs, 1:1 support assistants or class teachers without
whole school responsibilities. The programme will build to a toolkit for you to cascade training to your staff, and is suitable for staff in schools and colleges from EYFS to Post-16.
Participating schools will be required to be part of the programme evaluation.

Spring 2018 Cohort:

To take place at St Mary’s Primary School:

  • Tuesday 30th January 2018 (11:30 – 16:00)
  • Monday 12th February 2018 (13:00 – 16:00)
  • Friday 2nd March 2018 (13:00 – 16:00)

To book, contact Rachel Eppy on 0161 226 1773 or