Working with your School



SHARE uses the 'Eight Principles'  (Public Health England, 2015) as its framework to promote whole school emotional health & wellbeing.

Benefits of this approach include:

  • Improved Adult Skills and Knowledge (mental health awareness, child and adolescent brain development, mindful emotion coaching)
  • Promoting Positive Mental Health (peer education, mental health champions, participation)
  • Person Centred Approach to both staff and pupil wellbeing, including understanding the effects of toxic stress on the developing child
  • Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health
  • A better understanding of emotions, feelings and behaviours for staff, parents and young poeple.
  • Barriers to learning reduced and improved outcomes for young people
  • Promoting relationships between staff, parents and young people
  • Creating a healthier and more resilient environment

"In order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy"  The Department for Education (DfE)

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework 

As part of SHARE's involvement with your school you will be asked to complete The Wellbeing Audit. An online tool with a step-by-step process for achieving the 8 Principles of the a whole school approach.

The audit forms the basis of the Somerset Wellbeing Framework and will supply your school with an evidence based focus for each term based on the pillars of wellbeing - Belonging, Relationships and Lifestyle (which includes sleep, food and physical activity). Each school will have the opportunity to fill in an online scrap book of evidence of how it is achieving each pillar, which can SHARE can support.

Action Plan - Personalised Support Package

Each school will have an individualised action plan to work towards outlining SHARE's support within your setting.

Our 6 core areas of work are:

  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Wellbeing Champions
  • Self-care
  • Anxiety and Stress (inc. Exam stress & transitions)
  • Resilience
  • Social Media & Mental Health

What we offer:

  • Individualised support packages for each school 
  • An opportunity to work collaboratively on a Whole School Approach to Mental Health
  • Mindful Emotion Coaching training for all staff where required
  • Promoting parent forums, drop-ins and information sessions
  • Enabling student participation groups
  • Delivery of assemblies, groups & workshops around Mental Health topics
  • Development of a Wellbeing Committee/Wellbeing Champion Programme
  • Resources and tools to support mental health
  • Development of Mental Health display boards within school
  • Free e learning portal  - an Introduction to Mindful Emotion Coaching 
  • Facilitating access to specialist services and effective signposting
  • Facilitating increased awareness of the effects of toxic stress on the developing brain and body

What is Mindful Emotion Coaching?

The Project and Liaison Workers have all trained in Mindful Emotion Coaching and are able to work with schools developing an understanding of where this approach can be merged into their Action Plan. Mindful Emotion Coaching  is all about building skills in empathy, emotion regulation, impulse control and problem solving as well as cascading information about the neuroscience of brain development and the effects of toxic stress on both brain and body. Somerset Public Health first commissioned this approach in 2015. The video clips and resources are free and available for all school staff, parents and pupils in Somerset. The training Powerpoints are here: EHCAP Ltd.

Mindful Emotion Coaching is about building emotional resilience and mental wellbeing by enabling conversations about emotions behind behaviours and building understanding of the neuroscience of brain development, human interactions and mindful awareness. 

We look closely at the work of Professors Dan SiegelJohn Gottman, David Eagleman and Jack Shonkoff to focus on the 'how to' of developing emotional resilience. 





To link to relevant You Tube Clips and Resources join our interactive website.

Emotion Coaching is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research on emotional intelligence. Dr. John Gottman studied families for over twenty years to learn which kids were developing successfully and which were not. He measured how well the children performed in school, observed how well they related to their peers, and interviewed them to see how appropriately they behaved socially and how they related to their parents. His team kept finding the same results: children who were Emotion Coached were more successful as adults on measures like peer friendships, employment, and academic performance than were children parented in other ways. Emotion Coaching means helping kids understand their emotions by recognizing what they are feeling and why. Dr. John Gottman named these skills Emotion Coaching and they are fundamental in creating respectful, emotionally healthy, successful children and adults.

We work collaboratively with Tuning in to Kids - a team based in The Mindful Institute, Melbourne, Australia who have developed an evidence based Parenting Programme also based on research by John Gottman, Jack Shonkoff and Dan Siegel. The programme is currently being cascaded into Early Help in Somerset - over 100 Parent Support Advisors and Family Support Workers in Somerset are now trained to run either Tuning in to Kids or Tuning in to Teens Parent Support Groups.

 Click here for more information about the Somerset Mindful Emotion Coaching Approach.