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Emotionally Healthy Schools

The EHS project trained a senior Designated Lead for Mental Health in every school in Derby, leading to better strategic planning for mental health and emotional well-being.

The programme also created Mental Health website that brings into one place all sources of support and information for schools and families. This can be found:

Targeted Student Support

A two year project which focused on reducing preventable school moves for year 10 and 11 students and providing the necessary transition support for school moves that went ahead. The programme provided support through mentors, tutors and counsellors, a media campaign to make students and their families aware of the negative impact in year moves can have on academic and social achievement, and the development of city-wide protocols

Primary and Secondary Family Engagement programmes

The primary and secondary family engagement projects aimed to strengthen the working partnership between home, school and the student to support a common understanding and approach to education. The project designed school-led activities to make all aspects of a child’s schooling more accessible, such as taking parents evening events out into the community.


The transitions project aimed to strengthen the transition between primary and secondary schools to maintain and increase progression in learning and reduce dips or delays in progress. The project included city-wide transition arrangements, improved data/information sharing between primary and secondary schools, and the development of a transition network.

Teach Derby

Teach Derby was a collaborative partnership of ITE providers who aimed to provide a strategic approach to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Early Career Workforce Development across Derby, promoting Derby as a great place to live, work and teach.


Aimed to increase the capacity and capability of secondary schools by reducing the overall number of exclusions through effective staff training, student support and pre-exclusion interventions such as sports training, work experience and counselling.

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