Designated Mental Health Lead Training

This course has been assured for DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training. To book your place, please visit our dedicated booking page here.

Designated Mental Health Lead training is a two-day DfE fully funded course that provides an appointed senior leader at your setting with the tools to develop a whole school or college approach to wellbeing and mental health.

Your school or college can decide who your Senior Mental Health Lead is and could be your;

  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • Member of the senior leadership team (SLT)
  • If not a senior leader, an appropriate member of staff, working with colleagues, who is empowered to develop and oversee your whole school or college approach

A Senior Mental Health Lead is not a mental health professional. The mental health lead role is not to diagnose mental health issues or deliver interventions.

Learning Outcomes

Taking a coordinated and evidence-informed approach to mental health leads to improved wellbeing in children and young people and greater readiness to learn.

Schools and colleges which have taken this approach to supporting pupils report improved attendance, attention, behaviour and attainment.

The learning outcomes align with Public Health England's eight principles to promoting children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing, these are:

  1. Leadership and management that champions efforts to promote emotional health and wellbeing
  2. Identifying need and monitoring impact of interventions to meet pupils wellbeing needs
  3. Targeted support and appropriate referrals to ensure that pupils receive timely mental health support
  4. Staff development to support their wellbeing and that of students
  5. Creating an ethos and environment that promotes respect and values diversity
  6. Enabling the student voice to influence decisions
  7. Working with parents, families and carers to ensure shared aims and strategies in the school community
  8. Curriculum, teaching and learning to promote resilience and social and emotional learning

This CPD course (continuous professional development) will enable your Senior Mental Health Lead to fulfil their role effectively, complementing existing frameworks within education.

Training is quality assured by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.

A full list of learning outcomes can be found here

Why is this training free?

This training is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Each setting can apply for a fixed value grant of £1200 to train one person. The funding will consist of £800 for the high quality training and a contribution to backfill the senior lead engaged in the course by bringing in a supply teacher.

The mental health lead training was originally announced in the Transforming Children and Young Peoples' Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper and Next Steps in 2018.

The funding is offered on a first-come-first-served basis, with grants available to train a senior lead in a third of state schools and colleges in England until March 2022.

How is the training delivered?

Before the course, delegates will complete a 45-minute self-guided E-learning session that introduces the topic and offers useful digital resources.

Delegates will then engage with a two-day programme, delivered over consecutive weeks virtually or in person.

Training is offered as public courses via Zoom or Microsoft Teams (virtually) or at a local venue (in person) where multiple schools will attend. Delegate numbers per course are restricted to a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 to keep participants supported while they learn.

Courses are facilitated by an expert Altruist trainer with a wealth of experience in supporting a diverse range of educational settings, engaging with senior leaders and, supporting them to foster cultural and organisational change. The trainer is accompanied by a young person facilitator who will share their lived experience of mental ill-health whilst in education.

During the training, a peer network of mental health leads will be established to encourage the sharing of ideas and best practices. This support will exist beyond completion of the training and will involve in-person meetups and a Facebook group or similar.

Following the training, each Senior Mental Health Lead will be offered a one-to-one coaching session with an Altruist trainer to provide personalised support with their whole school/college approach.

What courses are available?

Our Designated Mental Health Lead Training is tailored towards West Midlands schools and Multi-Academy Trusts. We have the following courses available:

  • West Midlands Primary Schools Senior Mental Health Lead Training
  • West Midlands Secondary Schools Senior Mental Health Lead Training
  • West Midlands Combined Setting Senior Mental Health Lead Training
  • Multi-Academy Trusts Senior Mental Health Lead Training
How to book
This course has been assured for DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training. To book your place, please visit our dedicated booking page here.

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