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Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Available Courses

Plus Icon Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Governor Status E-Module - Delivered in Collaboration with TheSchoolBus

Creating and assigning link governor roles to individual members of a governing body is an effective way to ensure governance remains strategic and focussed on key issues. The development of a Wellbeing Governor role demonstrates the governing bodies commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of both staff and pupils. The creation of the role also emphasises the importance of establishing robust mental health provision in schools, providing equal opportunities, building resilience and developing support strategies and tools.

The programme will give you the status of being a Carnegie Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Governor and provide support through an online portal which includes:

  • A description of role and responsibilities.
  • Recommended questions for in-school visits.
  • Up to date information on school policy.
  • A multiple choice assessment (awarding the accreditation element of the programme).
  • Access to a Governing Board Diagnostic and printed report.
  • Certificate confirming status.

Who can apply

Any member of a school governing body.

Duration: The multiple choice assessment will take a maximum of one hour to complete.

Start dates and location: The programme is delivered online and can be started at anytime.

Cost: £50 per person.

Plus Icon Developing a Whole School Mental Health Approach Workshop

The mental health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff are important concerns for all schools and colleges. Designed around the School Mental Health Award this course will leave you with a solid understanding of mental health, evidence based approaches and practical steps to implement at your school.

This course includes:

  • An understanding of mental health - what it is and dispelling myths.
  • An overview of the latest school related mental health evidence.
  • Strategies schools can take to design and embed a whole school improvement plan.
  • Practical examples and case studies from schools who are leading the way in the field of mental health improvement.

Who can apply

Senior leaders in schools and colleges.

Duration: One day.

Start dates and location: Cohorts will take place across the UK - please contact us for a schedule.

Cost: The cost is dependent on the delivery model. Please email for more information.

Plus Icon Essential Mental Health Skills for Schools

This programme is for any teacher or member of staff in a supportive role wanting to develop evidence-based skills to work with vulnerable pupils and who is currently working to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

The main focus of the course is on reviewing and developing an understanding of counselling theory and applying this within the context of your school. You will also develop techniques to help establish effective one to one relationships with children and young people.

The programme includes:

  • An introduction to the main schools of thought for counselling theory; professional ethics and ethical practice and attachment theory.
  • Skills practice - exploring different methods which can be used to assist children experiencing emotional difficulties.

Who can apply

The course is phase specific and has a primary and a secondary school version, this is to ensure that approaches and skills are age appropriate. The programme is aimed at anyone who is currently working directly with students, especially colleagues with pastoral responsibilities, whether they have prior training in counselling or not. It also serves as a good introduction to counselling as a future career option.

Duration: Two days.

Start dates and location: Cohorts will take place across the UK - please contact us for a schedule.

Cost: The cost is dependent on the delivery model. Please email for more information.

Plus Icon Leading Mental Health from the Middle E-Module
This programme will challenge and develop middle leaders so that they are more confident and able to support mental health strategies across their department and team. You will explore recent research and best practice examples relating to the leadership of school mental health and wellbeing support and then use this knowledge and understanding to audit your own practice and develop strategies which will be applied in school.  You will leave with a deeper understanding of evidence-based school mental health interventions and an improved confidence around implementation within your role and the wider school. On completion of this online programme you will have further developed your ability to design interventions relevant to your Schools context and will have also grown your capacity to lead mental health interventions in your school. 

The programme comprises a workbook with four sections covering: 
• Auditing current practice of mental health support within a department or school. 
• Learning various methods which have worked in different mental health and wellbeing support situations and how these can be applied in
school. 
• The application of new methods, including evaluating success and areas for improvement. 
 
  • Leading change amongst colleagues, including how to lead others to improve mental health practice across their area of responsibility. 

Who can apply?

This programme is for middle leaders who currently hold or are interested in ensuring effective mental health support for their area of responsibility. This may include but is not limited to pastoral leads, inclusion leads, Heads of Year, or other middle leaders with a wellbeing or school mental health remit or Special Educational Needs leaders. The course is relevant for both primary and secondary schools. 

Duration:
8 hours 

Cost:
£125 
Plus Icon Development Programme for School Mental Health Lead

This innovative programme is for those schools willing to lead the mental health agenda by contributing to the national debate on this important topic.

You will explore what effective whole school mental health policy looks like and the steps needed to ensure effective implementation and review. You will undertake a research project to identify mental health challenges within your school and use this to create a highly targeted mental health development plan.

On completion of the programme you will have grown your capacity and confidence for leading whole school mental health strategies. You will have also developed a deeper understanding of the latest thinking on effective mental health practices and improved your ability to identify children at risk of poor mental health and the implementation effective supportive strategies. You will be able to evaluate your school’s mental health approach and implement improvement strategies and form a professional network of peers who are leading mental health in their schools.

The whole school development programme includes: 

  • A detailed school research project to understand the current level of mental health support within the school.
  • The development of a school mental health policy or guidance document which can subsequently be approved by the school’s board of directors or governors if required.
  • Your case study written up by a Professor and published to support other schools.

Who can apply

This programme is for the senior mental health lead, responsible for mental health policy and strategy across the whole school.

Duration: Two and half day of workshops and group learning. In addition, each school will have an individual school visit. Participants will also undertake a research project and create a school mental health improvement plan.

Start dates and location: Spread across two full terms (6 months), cohorts will take place across the UK - please contact us for a schedule.

Cost: The cost is dependent on the delivery model. Please email for more information.

Plus Icon Level 2 Mental Health Skills for Learning Practitioners Programme (Accredited by OCN London)

This programme will deepen your understanding and offer practical advice in supporting learners with mental health challenges. You will develop techniques that you can use in school to support children and young people.

  • You will deepen your understanding and practice of your role in supporting learners with mental health challenges. 
  • You will explore the role of the learning support practitioner and deepen your understanding of developing safe relationships with your learners.
  • You will understand the importance of Education Health Care Plans (EHCP) and why a learner may need additional support.
  • You will deepen your understanding of the barriers to learning for vulnerable learners.
  • You will understand the triggers and long-term impact of mental health challenges and develop further understanding of mental ill-health.
  • You will develop an awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health.
  • You will develop strategies to reduce the barriers to learning for learners with mental health, behavioural and social difficulties.
  • You will develop an understanding of the possible causes of challenging behaviour and social difficulties in Learners and develop verbal and non-verbal strategies to support learners who are experiencing social and emotional difficulties.
  • You will develop strategies to address challenging behaviour in the classroom.

Who can apply:

This programme is aimed at Learning Support Practitioners interested in enriching their understanding of the policy context, strategies and skills that can support mental health in the classroom. It is appropriate for school staff who have frequent 1-2-1 interactions with students. 

Duration: 2 Days            

Cost: The cost Is dependent on the delivery model. Please email for more information.

Assessment Model: This course is assessed through a written workbook completed on the course which will then be marked and moderated. Your qualification is accredited through OCN. 

Plus Icon Level 3 - Essential Mental Health Skills (accredited by OCN London)

This programme is for any teacher or member of staff in a supportive role wanting to develop evidence-based skills to work with vulnerable pupils and who is currently working to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

The main focus of the course is on reviewing and developing an understanding to counselling theory and applying this within the context of your school. You will also develop techniques to help establish effective one to one relationship with children and you people. 

The programme includes:

• An introduction to the main schools of thought for counselling theory; professional ethics

and ethical practice and attachment theory

• Skills practice – exploring different methods which can be used to assist children. 

Who can apply? The course is phase specific and has a primary and secondary version, this is to ensure that approaches and skills are age appropriate. The programme is aimed at anyone who is currently working directly with students, especially colleagues with pastoral responsibilities, whether they have prior training in counselling or not. It also serves as a good introduction to counselling as a future career option. 

Duration: Two day

Start dates and locations: Cohorts will take place across the UK – please contact us for a schedule.

Cost: The cost Is dependent on the delivery model. Please email for more information.

Assessment Model:  This course is assessed through a written workbook completed on the course which will then be marked and moderated. Your qualification is accredited through OCN. 

Plus Icon Half Day Workshops*
*Please note these half day workshops are only available to be booked as full day workshops by schools, clusters of schools, MATs, TSAs, Local Authorities. It is possible to have 2 different themes in one day (ie one workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon)  
 
Briefing and developing my staff on mental health  
 
This interactive workshop will enable the mental health lead to design and run a mental health briefing or short training session for their staff. Delegates will leave with clear development aims they want for their staff and a plan as well as sample resources that they can draw on to run meet these aims.  As all schools are at different starting points, delegates will design a workshop relevant to their school.   
 
Outcome: a plan to run a school specific mental health briefing for their staff.  
 
For: Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health. 

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Strengthening staff mental health  
 
This engaging workshop will enable senior leaders to put effective staff support strategies in place across their school or setting. Delegates will leave with a clear understanding of the main risks around staff mental health and the steps that can be taken to address these.  This workshop will look at supporting mental health and preventing mental ill-health, not at providing treatments or interventions for adult mental ill-health.  

Outcome
: ability to make improvements to staff wellbeing across their setting.  
 
For: Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health or other senior colleague with strategic responsibility for staff mental health.  

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Leading mental health from the middle 

This engaging workshop will enable pastoral leaders to locate their role in supporting the whole school approach to mental health and improve mental health practice across their area of influence.  Delegates will leave with a clear understanding of school mental health and the steps that they can take to plan for, evaluate and implement mental health improvement strategies across their area of leadership.  

Outcome: ability to improve student mental health across their area of responsibility.  

For:
the middle-level or departmental leaders who have responsibility for pastoral care and mental health of students. 

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Engaging parents where their children have a mental health challenge 

This engaging workshop will enable colleagues to build stronger rapport and more effective communication with the parents of their more vulnerable students.  Delegates will leave with a deeper understanding of the parents’ perspectives and different ways of working with these parents that can foster stronger school-parent relationships. N.b. this will not address issues of adult / parental mental ill-health.  

Outcome: ability to improve parental-school relationships.   

For: colleagues regularly engaging parents or carers where mental health challenges for the student are a factor in the discussions.  
 
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Embedding mental health in the curriculum (new 2020 curriculum) 
 
This engaging workshop will enable senior leaders to prepare for the new 2020 curriculum and develop good practice when it comes to ensuring mental health across the school curriculum. Delegates will leave with an understanding of the main requirements around the mental health curriculum and steps that they can take to embed these across their school. 

Outcome: ability to develop their mental health curriculum and prepare for the 2020 changes.  

For:
the senior colleague with strategic responsibility the curriculum or the designated senior lead for mental health.  

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Developing our school’s mental health policy  

This engaging workshop will enable senior leaders to develop an effective school mental health policy, with due regard to other statutory and advisory policies, such as SEND, Safeguarding and behaviour. Delegates will leave with a clear understanding of the main components of a school mental health policy along with sample policies that can support their work. 

Outcome: ability to develop and apply a school mental health policy.  

For:
the designated senior lead for mental health, or other senior colleague with strategic responsibility for school mental health.

Plus Icon MA Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing
Our MA Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing course adopts a multidisciplinary, whole systems approach to the improvement of mental health and wellbeing. You will draw on expertise from school leadership and teaching, organisational change, child therapy, education psychology and social work, and you will develop the knowledge, confidence, independence and leadership skills to be able to provide effective mental health support for all your students. Find out more about the course here.
Plus Icon Mental Health ITT Development Programme

New teachers need to feel equipped and confident when they start their teaching career. Yet, NQTs asked to rate how confident and knowledgeable they were with understanding children's behaviour, mental health and being able to identify and support children with issues related to emotional well-being, scored themselves less than 63%.

The Carter Review into ITT found that more was needed on specific, practical training so that new teachers were able to support the emotional needs of their pupils more effectively.

The mental health for ITT Development Programme draws on this knowledge alongside the recommendations made in the Carter Review and the subsequent reviews into the ITT Curriculum and the Behaviour Management for ITT and the Standards for CPD to ensure full alignment to DfE policy.

Delivered by qualified and experienced child mental health professionals with a grounding in the realities of the modern school, the Mental Health ITT Development Programme brings expertise in school based mental health support. Participants leave with deeper insight, practical skills they can apply, greater professional resilience and improved confidence in supporting some of their most vulnerable children.

There are two programmes, one for early years and primary teachers and another for secondary teachers.

The programme comprises three modules each with an accompanying e-module to deepen learning and reflection. All delegates receive an e-certificate following completion of the programme.

Module 1: Relationships for pupil growth (Full day development event)

The key aim of this module is the development of an understanding of mental health and how this inhibits or enhances pupil’s education and the different techniques teachers can employ to support learning. Participants will understand the SEND Code of Practice and what this means when it comes to mental health. Students will also explore attachment theory as a key underpinning to child and adolescent development and how to apply it with all children and young people.

Module 2: Effective relationships with parents (Half day development event)

NQTs often state that they do not feel confident in their work with parents. Participants will learn about different parent-child relationships so that they can develop more effective working relationships with parents and carers, thereby ensuring high expectations are sustained.

Module 3: Developing your own resilience (Half day development event) 

By exploring and applying the concept of ‘unconditional positive regard’, participants will consider how their own self-awareness has a dramatic impact on how they perceive and respond to challenging situations, so that high outcomes for children are achieved.

Plus Icon Leading Mental Health from the Middle

This programme will challenge and develop pastoral leaders, allowing you to deliver evidence informed support for students experiencing mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulties.

You will explore recent research and best practice examples relating to school mental health and wellbeing support. You will then use this knowledge and understanding to audit your own practice and develop strategies which you can apply in school.

You will leave with a deeper understanding of evidence based school mental health interventions and an improved confidence around implementation within your role and the wider school.

On completion of the programme you will have further developed your ability to design interventions relevant to your context. Using a process of development and feedback, you will have also grown your capacity to lead mental health interventions in your school.

The programme comprises of two modules covering:

  • Auditing current practice of mental health support within a department or school.
  • Learning from peers what methods have worked in different mental health and wellbeing support situations and how these can be applied in school.
  • The application of new methods, including evaluating success and areas for improvement.
  • Leading change amongst colleagues, including how to lead others to improve mental health practice across their area of responsibility.

Who can apply

This programme is for middle leaders who currently hold or are interested in taking on a role focused on leading pastoral care, wellbeing or school mental health. This may include but is not limited to pastoral leads, inclusion leads, Heads of Year, or other middle leaders with a wellbeing or school mental health remit or Special Educational Needs leaders. The course is relevant for both primary and secondary schools.

Duration: Two full days spread across a half term.

Start dates and location: Cohorts will take place across the UK - please contact us for a schedule.

Cost: £320 per delegate including refreshments and lunch.

To book a place on any of our programmes please email: schoolmh@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Download all of our programme information.

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