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Benjamin Atkins

Head of Secondary

The Aquila School

A firm believer in life-long education, after qualifying as a mathematics teacher Benjamin has continued to study and holds a Masters's degree in Educational Leadership and Management, a PGCE in Inclusion, the National Award for SEN Coordination and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Currently, he is completing his Doctorate in Social Care, Policy, and Practice with a focus on mental health. As Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, Benjamin is a member of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Teaching Profession which brings together members of parliament with representatives of organisations working in the education sector. He is a facilitator for the UK National Professional Qualification courses and also inspects and accredits schools as British Schools Overseas. A two-times Guinness World Record holder, Benjamin also holds all three Duke of Edinburgh Awards and has climbed the tallest mountain in England, Scotland, and Wales in under 24 hours. His favourite cheese is Wensleydale with cranberries. This is his twelfth year as a school leader in Dubai.


01 November, 2023 | 13:50 to 14:10
Exploring opportunities through school-policy review for improving teenager's mental health

This is a presentation on the current findings from my Professional Doctorate with the University of Central Lancashire (UK), into exploring opportunities through school-policy review to improve teenager's mental health in school. This research is designed to help and support pupils in school, who may be suffering in silence at the expense of school leaders' policy decisions. The research focuses on four key policies: curriculum, teaching and learning, behaviour and assessment. The presentation will review international differences and cultural views on children's mental health and suggest ways to go forward in a post-pandemic world.