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Dr Patrick Johnston

Director of Learning
Place2Be (Confirmed)

Patrick obtained his BSc in Physiology at the University of Ireland, Galway before completing a PhD in Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Alongside his research, Patrick has extensive experience working at the Behaviour Genetics Clinic at the South London and Maudsley Hospital. Before joining Place2Be, he was most recently Assistant Head at Highgate School, where his responsibilities included the strategic development of the school’s pupil wellbeing and mental health strategy.

How Can Schools Promote Good Mental Health From Pupils To Heads?

  • Outlining the role of Government’s reforms to tackle the mental health crisis; is the new Green Paper helping?
  • Exploring the importance of extra-curricular activities to maintaining good mental health
  • SEND leadership: how can you create an inclusive culture in your school and support wellbeing?
  • Examining how the key skills of critical thinking, healthy stress coping mechanisms and emotional literacy can be nurtured throughout a child’s development
  • Improving teacher retention and ensuring well-being through the provision of effective support
  • Engaging pupils, parents and practitioners with issues of sexuality and gender