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Mark Lehain

Parents and Teachers for Excellence (Confirmed)

After a brief period working in the City, Mark trained as maths teacher in 2002 and then taught at a state school in Bedford. Having been Head of Department and then Assistant Head at Wootton Upper School, in 2010 he left to lead the campaign to open Bedford Free School, one of the country's first free schools. BFS opened in 2012, and he was Principal there until last summer. Mark is now Director of Parents & Teachers for Excellence. When not advocating for educational reform, he can be found drinking copious quantities of coffee, running, and pretending that he knows how to manage his four young daughters

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