There are various ways in which schools can get involved in the TaMHS programme including:
- Participating in the TaMHS core offer: A two year bespoke programme where schools work with professionals from the Educational Psychology Service and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Connect to empower staff to support the mental health and wellbeing of those within the school community
- Arranging in-house TaMHS training or other TaMHS development work
- Applying for TaMHS Accreditation
The TaMHS core offer
Every year a number of state schools and academies within Northamptonshire are invited to participate in the TaMHS core offer. This is a two year funded programme which runs from April to March, and is delivered by Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service and CAMHS Connect.
The purpose of the TaMHS programme is to promote the psychological health and wellbeing of children, young people, school staff and the wider school community through:
- Building capacity within schools to support the mental health and wellbeing of those within the school community
- Empowering staff to support children, young people and those within the wider school community
- Introducing new programmes and frameworks, through training and signposting, which support positive mental health and wellbeing
All schools that participate in the TaMHS core offer receive the following:
An initial consultation and audit is led by the TaMHS Area Lead Educational Psychologist (TALEP). Using different auditing tools, the TALEP works with school staff to identify areas of strength and those that could be developed to further support the mental health and wellbeing of the school community.
Findings from this process then feed into a bespoke action plan which the school work towards during their involvement with the TaMHS programme.
Three hours of input from each of the following:
- CAMHS Connect
- Education Inclusion Officer: Mental health
- An Educational Psychologist
The purpose of this input is to develop new approaches and provision, as well as upskilling and empowering staff so that they can better support the mental health and wellbeing of those within the school community.
At the end of the two year process, the TALEP and representatives from the school review the Action Plan and evaluate the impact participation in the TaMHS Programme has had within the school.
All schools that participate in the TaMHS programme are required to send delegates to the annual TaMHS conference. To find out more about this event please visit the TaMHS conference webpage.
Things to consider
In order for the TaMHS core offer to work best for each individual school, it is important that schools are aware of the time commitment required for the programme to work at its best and can facilitate this over the 2-year period. The programme involves three consultation meetings (one with the whole school staff), lasting approximately 60 to 90 minutes each. The school will also receive a total of 9 hours of face-to-face input such as training for staff from the Educational Psychology Service, CAMHS Connect and the Education Inclusion Officer for mental health. There will also be a 60 to 90 minute evaluation meeting at the end of the 2-year period.
Schools are strongly encouraged to consider whether they are able to facilitate all aspects of the TAMHS core offer over the 2 years, before signing up. If this is not currently possible, we would encourage schools to consider signing up to the programme in the future, when it will be possible to facilitate.
To find out more about the TaMHS programme please speak to your link EP or email:
If you would like to know more about how participation has helped other schools within Northamptonshire you can visit the TaMHS evaluation page to read our Evaluation report from October 2018.