Public Forum for Education

The Public Forum for Education (PFE) is an open forum, where everyone, including parents and carers, young people and professionals, is welcome to come along and contribute.

Council decision makers - senior elected members and officers, join the debates and listen to views. They report back to PFE what action they have taken as a result of the meeting.

The PFE independent chair is Michael Latham, former Bradford headteacher.

Children’s Mental Health is the topic of the next PFE

It takes place on Wednesday 16, November 2016 in the Hockney Conference Room, Margaret McMillan Tower, Princes Way, Bradford BD1 1NN from 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

A range of speakers will discuss the vital role schools play in supporting children's mental health against a background of rising demand, growing complexity and tight budgets.

Sarah Exall (Public Health) will discuss the distribution and scale of mental health problems of children and young people in Bradford, outlining the national guidance and local plans to improve their emotional wellbeing.

Philippa Grace, Specialist Senior Educational and Child Psychologist (Mental Health) will focus on self-harm as an area of increasing national concern and how schools can minimise the risk of self-harm occurring, how best to respond when it does occur and the strategies her service deploys when young people are referred. Philippa will conclude by sharing future developments based on the Future in Mind initiative.

Rhian Beynon, Team Manager Adoption and Fostering along with Jamie Gutch, SENCO and Year Head, Ilkley Grammar School will talk about how the experience of trauma in infancy can create intense feelings of shame in children that impacts on their mental health and their behaviour. Rhian will also explore how connection helps more than correction.

For more information or to book a place, please contact or telephone 01274 434335.

Reports from previous PFE meetings can be found below.


Reports from Meetings 2016

Reports from Meetings 2015

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