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Mental Health and Trainee Teachers Project (University of East Anglia)

Dear Headteacher/Principal

Please find below details of a research project around mental health and wellbeing provision for trainee teachers being undertaken by a number of researchers at University of East Anglia. My name is Dr Kate Russell and I am part of a research team that also includes Mrs Deirdre Medler, Dr Victoria Warburton, Mrs Miriam Jones, and Dr Rebecca Westrup, who are investigating the mental health and wellbeing provision for trainee teachers as part of their development process. This is specifically related to what is currently provided to them to support their own mental health and wellbeing rather than what might be provided to them to support their future pupils. This project has received ethical approval from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning Research Ethics Committee.

We are seeking your help to access trainee teachers (including those who have just graduated as well as those who are just starting) and teachers with mentoring roles. Each group would be asked to complete an anonymous survey about this area and individuals may also opt in to an interview if they wish. All data will be kept anonymous. We would appreciate it if you could forward this invite to teachers in your school/academy on our behalf. Participants can find the relevant link here:

 If you would like to discuss the scope of this research, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on my contact details below

Yours faithfully

Kate Russell, PhD, C.Psychol, SFHEAS                                                                                     

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport                                                                   

Chair of Research Ethics EDU                                                                                                      

 School of Education and Lifelong Learning                                                 



Empowering the Newly Arrived Child

A powerpoint presentation on the challenges of diversity, communication and social morality by Professor Madeleine Arnot from the University of Cambridge.

Launch of the University of Sanctuary lecture series

Earlier this year, UEA was awarded ‘University of Sanctuary’ status by The City of Sanctuary, an organisation which promotes action to support refugees and asylum seekers. One of only a few universities in the UK and Ireland to receive the accolade to date, UEA was recognised for its ability to offer sanctuary seekers a culture of inclusivity, respect and sanctuary through a broad range of schemes and activities.

As part of our University of Sanctuary commitment, a new lecture series is being launched this year to bring together people from across UEA and Norfolk to engage with debates in this area. Professor Madeleine Arnot from the University of Cambridge will be presenting on ‘Empowering the newly arrived child within mainstream schools: the challenges of diversity, communication and social morality’, on Monday November 12th, 1 – 2 pm in Lecture Theatre 3.

Madeleine Arnot is Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education, Cambridge University and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2004, she established the Research Consortium on the Education for Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Children; in 2013 she co-founded the Cambridge Migration Research Network and in 2018 a new cross-disciplinary Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement.  She has recently co-authored two Bell Foundation research reports on educating newly-arrived (English as Additional language) children and is currently employed as a consultant on the Norwegian University of Science and Technology project (Language, Integration, Media: A Majority-Inclusive Approach to Migration (LIM)) and on a UNICEF funded global curriculum project for children in refugee camps. 


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