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Training.

Enroll on one of our mental health for education courses.

Sign up for training and become a qualified Senior Mental Health Lead

We are leading provider of Department for Education funded Designated Mental Health Lead training and have DfE approval for these courses to be funded by the Mental Health Lead training grant.

Eligible schools and colleges in England can apply for a DfE grant of £1200, which covers the cost of the training and qualification, plus a contribution towards cover costs. Schools and colleges can buy additional places on the courses.

There are three levels of DfE funded training available from the Association of Mental Health in Education:

  1. Introduction to the role of Mental Health Lead (one-day or online) – an understanding the key requirements of the role, also suitable for assistant mental health leads.
  2. Intermediate Mental Health Lead (2 days or online) – an introduction to the full role and some of the ways that this could work in practice.
  3. Advanced Mental Health Lead Course (3 days or online) Leading to a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Heath Aware Leadership – for established mental health leads taking them to the next level and extending their skills, including senior leaders in schools and colleges.

A map of the DfE identified training outcomes to the courses can be found here.

Other non-DfE funded Mental Health Lead training:

1. Assistant Mental Health Lead Courses – This course is designed to provide an overview of the types of activities that an Assistant Mental Health Lead may undertake. Training therefore introduces the coverage of the role and some of the tasks that they may be asked to undertake.

2. Designated Governor Courses – A three-hour training course designed to provide an overview of the types of activities that a Designated Governor may be asked to monitor. Training therefore introduces the coverage of the role and some of the data that they may be asked to monitor.

Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead.

£900 +VAT, DfE grant approved, book your place now (schools/colleges can pay for additional places)

Delivered by local providers, such as local authorities, or online, this three-day training in-depth coverage and discussion of the multiple facets of what is a complex role. It covers the requirements for the mental health lead training, but applies it broader to your ethos, culture and staff wellbeing, in addition to pupil mental health.

Please note, we have found it often supports learning by grouping learners on a course according to setting and/or level/position within a setting so they receive a better experience on the course, for example, senior leaders being grouped together, middle leaders being grouped together, or SEMH and Alternative Provision settings being grouped together.

Available locally or available online, advanced training covers the full DfE specification for the role and lasts three days. Participants download a digital attendance certificate or to become qualified complete a portfolio. This involves some self-study and keeping a portfolio to gain evidence meeting the requirements of a lead and become certified. Participants completing this will also earn a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Aware Leadership.

We also have a self-study route, where leads can access online modules.

Intermediate Mental
Health Lead.

£650 +VAT, DfE grant approved, book your place now (schools/colleges can pay for additional places)

This two-day course is suitable for those with some experience of the role of Senior Mental Health Lead and want to explore the full scope of the DfE defined role.

Introduction to the Mental Health Lead.

£350 +VAT, DfE grant approved, book your place now (schools/colleges can pay for additional places)

This one-day pathway is suitable for those wanting to get to grips with the role and understand what it entails. Participants submit their own action plan of next steps to gain an attendance certificate.

Assistant Mental Health Lead courses.

Course cost £350 + VAT (not DfE funded)

This one-day course helps prepare a member of staff for their role in assisting the Designated Mental Health Lead.

Designated governor courses.

Course cost £145 + VAT (not DfE funded)

This 3-hour course helps Governors understand the setting requirements, to support them in monitoring the mental health and wellbeing provision for pupils and staff in schools or colleges.