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National Educational Leaders in Mental Health Training

We are pleased to announce that schools and colleges that have already claimed a DfE grant are now eligible for a second grant if their trained senior mental health lead has left the post. This is in recognition that the previous lead may not have had the opportunity to implement their learning and embed a whole school/college approach (WSCA) to mental health and wellbeing.

The DfE are keen to encourage further take up of the grant across the country, as having a trained senior mental health lead in a setting would support the whole school/college approach and therefore the mental health and wellbeing support the children and young people can benefit from. This is a great opportunity for schools and colleges to access funded training which offers full flexibility to meet the needs of the individual setting.

This is a three-day course for Headteachers, Deputies and other Senior Leaders covering culture, ethos, staff wellbeing. Upon completion, participants will achieve a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Aware Leadership (Educational Leader) in addition to accreditation as a National Educational Leader in Mental Health.

The attached flyer has been updated to reflect this change to the DfE grant offer.

Full details of the grant and how to apply can be found here

Click here to access the slides which can be used to develop awareness and understanding about the senior mental health lead training grant.  

Improving wellbeing support for pupils through Senior Mental Health Lead training

Ensuring every student has the opportunity to look after their wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing support that prepares students for classroom learning


Advanced Mental Health Lead Training

Three-day course for established mental health leads taking them to the next level and extending their skills. Upon completion, participants will achieve a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Aware Leadership.

This second programme is for Mental Health Leads who sit outside the senior leadership positions. The aim is to explore topics relating to the Designated Mental Health Leader role in more depth and develop your skills, knowledge and understanding. Delivered by local providers (Educational Psychologists and GHLL practitioners), the training lasts three days and covers the full DfE specification for the role.

Both courses require participants to complete some self-study (in a topic that is relevant to your setting) and keep a portfolio to gain evidence of meeting the requirements of a lead and become certified. To register for these courses and learn more about how to apply for the £1200 DfE grant, please go to:



Supporting Wellbeing in own Organisation

Understanding the Role

Staff Support and Development

The Role of a Leader in Contributing Towards the Mental Health of Others

Leadership and Management

Staff Support and Development

Ethos and Culture

Meeting the Responsibilities Placed on an Education Mental Health Lead

Understanding the Role

Ethos and Culture

Pupil Voice

Parents, Carers and the Community

Leadership and Management

Staff Support and Development

Mental Health Interventions

Targeted Approach

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Recognising Common Mental Health Difficulties in Others

Staff Support and Development

Mental Health Interventions &Targeted Approach

Researching a Mental Health Topic


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