Mike Armiger

Mike Armiger QTLS
Principal Trainer

Mike is a specialist in the field of safeguarding, behaviour, looked after children and young people affected by trauma and Mental Health issues. After working within children’s services, police teams (specifically in sexual crime) and with vast experience as a foster carer, his understanding and knowledge of how these children work is embedded within his training and daily work.

Mike previous roles within education include; Head teacher of specialist provisions, mainstream primary/secondary teacher, residential and SEN leadership roles and many advisory roles within local authorities.For many years Mike has been targeted for his skills of rehabilitating children back into education and advising on their care. Part of his role with local authorities and other organisations has been to assist research into therapeutic input for young people affected by trauma, develop training for social workers, psychologists and health professionals around Mental Health and work with foster carers. Mike has written many training resources and schemes of work for organisations in Canada, Spain and other areas.

Mental Health is a passion of Mike’s and as well as actively campaigning for reform, he regularly organises and speaks at events focusing on young people’s Mental Health and Wellbeing. As part of a new agenda for early intervention in Wales, Mike is currently working on new projects directed at keeping children mentally well.

In a previous life Mike coached rugby at university, regional and national age grade level. As part of his commitment to Mental Health, he often trains coaches and sporting organisations in Mental Health awareness. Mike still teaches weekly and in particular works with young people that have been out of education for considerable periods of time.

Listen to Mike on the Pivotal Podcast

Why Mental Health issues are on the rise and what schools can do about it – PP154. Read the show notes.

“I just wanted to say that the training yesterday was excellent. Mike Armiger is a very engaging person, with so many practical solutions to behaviour issues. Staff are buzzing with ideas and what they want to do now, with the suggestions he made. I was stopped in the corridor earlier, by one of our more cynical members of staff, who wanted to tell me how much she got from the day and with thoughts of how she is going to use aspects of the training in her own classroom! Please pass on my thanks to Mike and Jane. I would highly recommend this [Lift!] package for any school.”

Headteacher in a Welsh School

“Enlightening information to explain and break down behavioural barriers. The trainers life experience clearly added to the passionate way he delivers this course- brilliant! Thoroughly enjoyed the day and will look forward to more Pivotal sessions in the future. Thanks Mike.”

Maria Thorneycroft