Intellectual Output 1: Contemporary Landscape
Repository of Case Studies and Best Practice from partner countries (10 each from partner, translated into each partner’s language). They key aim of IO1 is to identify best practice among the consortium countries to use as a base for developing positive, sustainable solutions to the issue at hand. Whilst the project will look at best practice and develop some of these into case studies, they will also be looking at current issues, barriers and friction points across the mental health provision in education – we need to know what the core issues are if we are to develop viable solutions taking into account best practices.
The identified practices and best practices will be developed into an e-book for distribution via the project website (and through paper copies if required), newsletters and the project social media accounts to relevant networks, stakeholders, actors and educational practitioners wherever they may be. Best practices will be developed to provide step-by-step processes showing how the particular practice has been implemented, providing a starting point for transfer-ability for other practitioners outside the partnership.
Impact of this Intellectual Output is directly linked to future IO’s by providing a baseline for both the Learning Activity and Intellectual Output 2.
Intellectual Output 2: Development Toolkit
Development of a Toolkit for teachers, trainers and managers (all translated into partner country language) to aid the running of localised workshops that are based on best practices identified during Intellectual Output 1.
To take place after the Learning Activity, participants will return to their organisations and using user orientated methods (service design methodologies), they will develop a toolkit for the training of teachers in overcoming students mental health challenges. The innovation will come from the methodology used – the service design method – in taking a user-orientated view of solutions, rather than an organisational view. This will assist in aligning solutions to the issues being faced by the target demographic.
As each partner will develop their own training toolkit relevant for their own country specifics (user requirements, regulation, legislation, support structures etc.), the toolkit will be relevant across the country and will be distributed accordingly using the digital platforms used by the project as well as the associate partners and interested stakeholders. By using this model, the learnings can be spread and transferred across numerous relevant organisations outside the project consortium. In addition, as each toolkit from partner countries will also be translated into English, there is the potential for transnational transferability such that other countries may find a toolkit solution that is well matched with their own issues, barriers and friction points.
By taking a train-the-trainer model to this output, the project expects the output to benefit from exponential dissemination and learning.
Intellectual Output 3: Guidelines for Teachers, Managers and Policy Makers
After determining current best practice and the contemporary landscape in IO1, and development of teacher training materials using service design methodologies in IO2, this output looks towards pulling these two outputs together into a list of guidelines for practitioners, managers and policymakers to assist them in combating student retention issues due to mental health concerns.
Impact will be directly related to the take-up of the guidelines by such actors, however it is expected that the broad experience and knowledge of the project partners, along with the work carried out during the project including the train-the-trainer toolkit, will inspire decision makers to take action on this serious problem, and provide formal direction to organisations based upon the guidelines and learnings developed through the project. Too many young people are withdrawing from the learning
environment due to mental health problems and with the assistance of decision-making actors and policymakers, this project can make a fundamental difference to their learning and future employability.
The partnership will utilise their secondary partners who were involved in a local/regional and national level to help with dissemination of the guidelines to the relevant actors.