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What people are saying

Here are just a few of the many comments we've received from schools.

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In The Press

“It was a fantastic talk … I have sat in many, many talks on wellbeing.  This was by far the best talk we have ever had on this topic and I’m most grateful.”

Salli Parra – Head of The Speaker Programme / Wellbeing Team, Latymer Upper School

Staff member in response to The Wellbeing Hub

Regarding the courses – I have taken the Mental Health & Wellbeing CPD course, and the Gender-Based Violence – both with excellent clear slides and a super understanding of the teen world (in and out) – amongst the so many things I love about Teen Tips; very educative, highly knowledgeable, nice pace of workshops, webinars and courses, interesting and engaging, self-reflecting and very relevant.

Southfields Academy, 2021

Staff member in response to our our Mental Health & Wellbeing CPD Course for Staff

I wanted to thank you for putting together such accessible and high quality CPD for teaching staff, who in my experience struggle increasingly with workload and the issues they carry and have to confront in their work with pupils. I found your quiet and mindful, empathetic, and knowledgeable approach, infused with theory and examples very inspiring.

Framlingham College, July 2021

Staff member in response to our Mental Health & Wellbeing CPD Course for Staff

I recommend EVERYTHING that Teen Tips has to offer – as a member of staff working with teens, and as a parent of a tween and teen – I cannot speak highly enough about the content of all the material (including the podcast, articles, webinars and the tip sheets) that they have on offer.

Southfields Academy, July 2021

In response to our Why Every Teenager Needs a Parrot talk for parents: 

“This evening’s session was absolutely excellent, it was clearly much appreciated by the comments, and by the number of parents both in attendance and who remained logged in!”

Hannah Pomroy, Deputy Head, Ampleforth College, May 2021

In response to our Staff CPD Training Course: 

“From a personal perspective I have been confidently telling the staff that not only did I find the course hugely enlightening but also really enjoyable and interesting.”

– Deputy Head (Pastoral), Moulsford Prep, May 2021

In response to our Staff CPD Training Course: 

“I thought this was an excellent course.  Really well structured and Alicia had just the right personality to engage and enthuse the listener. I felt I learnt a great deal from it.  One of the best CPD courses I have ever done.”

-Member of Staff, Moulsford Prep, May 2021

In response to our Staff CPD Training Course: 

“I thought it was a brilliant course, which made me realise why some pupils were behaving as they did and how I could help them. I have already put some measures in place, which appear to be assisting them. It also rang bells for me about my own childhood, therefore deepening my understanding of childhood anxieties and the pressures our pupils are sometimes under. Thank you very much.”

-Member of Staff, Moulsford Prep, May 2021

In response to our ‘Consent and Relationships’ Talk for Year 10 Pupils: 

“I also really loved it…Being a mum of 2 teenage boys and a 9-year-old girl, your talk was so helpful. Also divorced because of an abusive relationship I wanted to shout to the girls to listen carefully to your unhealthy relationship list as I could tick every single one of them. I wish I had had this talk when I was their age.”

-School Teacher, May 2021

In response to our ‘Changing the Culture of Gender-Based Violence’ Talk:

“Lots of food for thought, but it has given me a real determination to try to help in any way we can to change the behaviour of teens and address the cultural issues we heard about today. Alicia Drummond is excellent and it is good to see the school on the front foot in dealing with Everyone’s Invited.”

Chair of Governors, Dauntsey’s School

“I learned a lot. I’m looking forward to applying what I learned to my students and my own children at home. This course has been insightful and will help me improve some of my techniques in the classroom in promoting positive behaviour. Thank you so much!”

Teacher, April 2021

“I have completed the [Online Mental Health & Wellbeing] CPD course and it was the best course I had ever been on! So helpful!

Teacher, April 2021

“I thought the course was very well presented and extremely interesting. The way that Alicia communicated the material was very insightful and I really enjoyed learning about the motivational approaches and positive language. I would recommend that everyone does this course.”

School Staff, April 2021

“We are working through the tasks on the Wellbeing Hub and wanted to let you know right away that we have such very positive things to say about these resources. So fantastically enlightening for us as teachers/ parents/ humans. We are raving on our texts to each other as we work through the content, so thank you JD enormously for bringing this to us.”

Staff at Ibstock Place School, London

“We really like the Wellbeing Hub and I have received some lovely comments from staff about the CPD training for mental health on there. I think it’s a really useful tool to be able to refer parents to, which I have done on a number of occasions already.”

Charlotte Owen, Woldingham School

“Thanks for joining Teen Tips. That was some of the most engaging, interesting and informative CPDs I’ve had in this area.”

Teacher, Ibstock Place School, 2021

“I work with a pupil who has been exhibiting aggressive behaviours towards staff, including swearing. After learning on the staff cpd course about attachment styles, it became clear that his actions are likely the result of an insecure attachment style. Further advice on the course about ways to communicate effectively, and the importance of allowing young people to shift out of their fight/flight/freeze brain before trying to engage in rational discussions, will certainly be applicable to this young person, and I am now consciously aiming to use this awareness when considering my actions and reactions with this pupil.”

Teacher, December 2020

“Many thanks for a hugely informative and helpful webinar. Wise words indeed. I have just watched it with my upper-sixth form tutees and you held their complete attention from start to finish. They are lucky to have heard you talk and I’m certain your advice will serve them well.”

Jon Tully, Director of Pupil Development and Leadership, Charterhouse

“[The Wellbeing Hub] is all very exciting! A great venture to be embarking on at this very strange time; I am sure our parents will benefit from it and, hopefully, are appreciative of what a great resource this is to them”.

Amanda Whybro, Head of ASPIRE, Guildford High School 

“The Wellbeing Hub enables us to support parents and therefore work in partnership, to identify potential concerns and react quickly to promote positive mental health in each pupil, both at School and at home.

We are also excited to be able to offer this package to a local maintained School to develop further, our existing relationships with local Schools and have a positive impact on the wider Sherborne community.”

Allister Sheffield, Deputy Head (Pastoral), Sherborne School

“These resources are superb; they are accessible, evidence-based and draw on a wealth of professional experience. Developing this understanding should be the foundation of every teacher’s training and professional development in order to understand how to respond appropriately to the social and emotional needs of their learners.”

Rosie Moore, Senior Lecturer (Inclusive Education), University Of Brighton

“Of all the online training packages I have trialled, Teen Tips Mental Health and Well Being Course for Staff has been the most accessible, enlightening and best, and we are providing opportunities for all staff to undertake the course. The videos are well delivered and provide food for thought as well as encouraging reflection of our own teaching experiences.”

Dr Preetpal S. Bachra, Head of Pastoral Care, Bryanston

“What success! Having this inter-active resource at our fingertips has meant colleagues can complete their CPD at their own pace, in their own time, module by module, which can then initiate pastoral discussion over a coffee break or even in a more formal INSET session. Sharing this course with our house matrons has given them the confidence and deeper understanding about how to support the young people in our care. The blend between theory and practical tips is perfect, manageable and totally usable in a school setting – first class.”

Helen Keevil, Assistant Head, Pupil Welfare, Epsom College

“I wanted to feedback how much I am enjoying the sessions and admire the way you’ve managed to make this content so easy to follow and relevant. I really like the opportunities to stop and reflect , make notes etc. I am so glad we have embraced this content as a school.”

Tania Fielden, House Mistress & Careers Advisor, Hurst

“I’d like to thank you for such an informative and inspiring course.
Thanks to this course I feel more confident in my Pastoral Care role.”

Grazia Di Palma, Teaching Assistant, Knightsbridge School

“Teen Tips is a must have resource for all staff. Not only do the talks explain what is causing issues from a psychological point of view but they are so very clear for the lay person to understand. With the practical advice, to act on the theory, you are able to understand adolescents so much better – and thus help them.”

Robert Lloyd Williams, Monkton Combe Prep School

“Alicia strikes an excellent balance of research supported information and helpful ideas without patronising or overwhelming with theory. This training is something the teaching profession has been waiting for. Teachers are seeing more mental health problems and need a much better understanding of how this impacts their teaching. This course certainly helps with this. I only wish it had been available when I had done my teaching practise and firmly believe every trainee teacher should do it.”

Deborah Lovill, SENCO, Cumnor House School

“Accessible, informative and practical- this course is a valuable resource that brings together evidence based research and practical tips, equipping and enabling staff to engage with the challenges faced during the school day. We are already seeing the benefits in our own practice.”

Augusta Faulkner, Head PSHE, Dragon School

“Extremely useful, better than any session I attended during the two year BSA course. Relevant, informative and it will make an immediate difference to my practice.”

B Edwards, Teacher, Oakham School

“Alicia delivers important, relevant and up-to-date training with a manner that captures the attention of staff, parents and pupils alike. We have had fantastic feedback from parents when we have shown her Teen Tips videos for Parents’ Evenings.”

Tom Lawson, Headmaster, Eastbourne College

“The Teen Tips online training proved effective for me – I could dip in and out and it heightened my knowledge in many areas. I know I will find much of the info useful in both my teaching and coaching … I loved the videos too and the testing focused my thoughts- I would recommend.
 I would bet that anyone who works with kids and who wants to create a more productive and inclusive atmosphere when doing so, would gain a few gems from this training.”

Fi Drinkall, Head of Year 9, Epsom College

“Without exception, the parents thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. The feedback I received from all participants was excellent. The day was informative, challenging and reassuring. It is certainly something that we will run again. Alicia combines friendliness with professionalism in the perfect balance. I would have no hesitation about recommending her to colleagues at other schools.”

Jonathan Shaw, Vice-Principal (Pastoral), Elizabeth College, Guernsey

“Thank you so much for coming to Embley again. The pupils really enjoyed your talks and found them informative and engaging! No mean feat! The Year 11-13 pupils were the quietest I have ever seen them!”

Leah Goodey, Assistant Head, Pastoral
, Embley School

“Many thanks for joining us on Saturday and providing the parents with such super advice! Everyone I spoke to found your talk excellent on every level. Thank you!”

Karen Laurie, Deputy Head,Guildford High School

“Great online resource and training for all staff. It is broken down in to lots of manageable chapters and brilliant topics. It covers areas of training which are superb for the pastoral side and deals with lots of awkward topics in thorough detail. It is really easy to use, to listen to and navigate through. Lots of tips and help across a range of Mental Health issues. I would recommend any member of staff who works closely with pupils on the pastoral side of school life to go through the Teen Tips chapters. You will never be too old or experienced to learn.”

Stuart Head, Senior Housemaster, Epsom College

“It was a fantastic talk … I have sat in many, many talks on wellbeing.  This was by far the best talk we have ever had on this topic and I’m most grateful.”

Salli Parra – Head of The Speaker Programme / Wellbeing Team, Latymer Upper School

“I am absolutely delighted that Alicia has produced this training for staff. Her informative yet down to earth approach is hugely valued and this is a superb resource for all staff – from newly-qualified teachers to those that have been in the role for years. It is only when a pupil is supported pastorally that they are able to achieve their best on the academic front and this CPD equips everyone to support, encourage and motivate the pupils in their care. The training is split into sensible, practical and manageable chunks and can be used effectively either by individuals or by groups.”

Caty Jacques, Deputy Head Pastoral, Hurst

“We have been seeking a way in which we could join forces better with parents to work as a team. One of the real strengths of these talks is that they are up to date: they talk about the world in which our children are living and the future towards which they are moving. I cannot recommend these resources highly enough.”

Dr Jane Byrne, Senior Deputy Head
, The Kings School, Chester

“Our parents found you warm, witty, wise, communicative and absolutely to the point. You were clear and robust in your prescription; looked at parenting as a process and acknowledged the many pressures on children of this generation whilst looking at how to equip them to manage with courage hope and imagination. Your talk was hugely positive and realistic and the number of questions you fielded showed the degree to which you challenged and captivated your audience. That you spoke so compellingly straight after a similar session to our V Form was impressive indeed!”

Hilary Dudgale, Deputy Head, Lancing College

“Alicia spoke to our Lower Sixth about stress and how to use it and tackle it. This was a splendid session. Alicia gave our students a lot of simple but vital advice about the issues they face. The practical tips she gave could be understood and deployed by all and our students learnt a great deal. There has been much positive feedback.”

Trevor Allen, Head of 6th Form, Leicester Grammar School

“Finding speakers to enhance your PSHE programme is always a challenge but Alicia came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint.  The fact that our year 11’s didn’t even notice that we had gone past the start of their lunch break is testament to her ability to pitch what she has to say at just the right level using references they could relate to.  She has left them with plenty of food for thought that we can now pick up and build on.”

Viv Lamb, Head PSHE, Oakham School

“The workshop was excellent and the time flew by, it was honest and well presented and offered a toolkit of advice for those who live, work and care for teenagers.”

Kait Weston, Housemistress, Shrewsbury School

“Many thanks indeed for delivering the Inset training last week. The focus on spotting mental health issues was a fascinating insight and feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive. The session was not only informative but also useful in offering staff tips on how to spot when pupils are struggling with mental health issues so that we can act as soon as possible.”

Alex Tate, Deputy Head, St John’s Leatherhead

“I just wanted to again thank you for coming up to Wellingborough yesterday. I’ve had four staff come in to say how impressed they were, with not only the content but also your warm and light-hearted style.”

Qin Wiseman, Deputy Head, Wellingborough School

“Anyone who can engage a roomful of tired teachers last thing on a Friday afternoon and have them staying behind afterwards to chat of their own free will is doing something terribly important… and doing it very right.”

Philip Stapleton, Headmaster, West Buckland School

“Many thanks for closing our conference so well yesterday; just what I was after and a fitting end to another successful BSA conference. One delegate mentioned that her school had engaged with the Growth Mindset model but she only really understood what it was about following your presentation!”

Alex Thomson OBE, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Training
, The Boarding Schools Association

“The Teen Tips course is one of the most impactful and enjoyable (yes enjoyable!) pieces of CPD that I have participated in. I found the presentations easy to engage with, informative and helpful.”

G Burke, Teacher

“Thank you so much for the very interesting and enjoyable (free Stress Busting for Schools Staff) webinar. I certainly learned a lot”

Catherine Kenton, Teacher

“As always, thank you Alicia!  I feel very fortunate that Guildford High School has a relationship with you as for every parent that has already or will come to hear you talk – your wisdom, experience and reassurance is appreciated and we come away feeling empowered to parent our children that little bit better!”

Amanda Whybro, Head of ASPIRE, Guildford High School