Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Developing an in-depth whole school approach as senior mental health lead - INTERMEDIATE

Developing a whole school approach to mental health strategy requires a strong vision coupled with clear protocols and operational goals.

Developing an in-depth whole school approach as senior mental health lead - INTERMEDIATE

Course Overview

  • Attendance

    Part Time
  • Dates

    6th March - 14th July 2023
  • Venue

    Blended learning
  • Cost


Senior Mental Health Leads or those who have strategic responsibility for Mental Health in schools will often already have significant responsibilities in their school setting, often involving leadership of inclusion and safeguarding. 

The focus of this course is therefore on the lead developing the second tier of support within schools; the selective interventions which are utilised once a mental health issue presents in a student. 

This intermediate course is for leads who are looking to further develop the school mental health support offered. 
This course focuses on:

  • Examining the methods used to assess your current interventions
  • Consider how your staff interpret the information or observations from or of students
  • Evaluate the available interventions and assess the impact of these

Within this course you will supported to assess what you are currently doing in your setting to enable you to make evidence-based changes in reference to the 8 principals in the whole school approach. This will be done using best practice and accessing insight from educational leaders who are hold this role profile currently. 

In addition to peer support and feedback there are two personalised sessions where you will:

  • Be supported to create an action plan to focus on developing, introducing, or improving your current assessment of interventions. It will also explore any gaps in the current intervention map, cross comparing to best practice and ensuring all types of mental health are supported.
  • Receive feedback of how you are quality assuring provision based on the evidence you provide.  This is particularly significant for Mental Health Leads in schools facing multiple challenges. At this session you have an option to invite other members of your Senior Leadership Team or Governors to further emphasise that there is a collective responsibility to improving mental health and wellbeing across the school.

The deep dive nature of this course is to support you with a real launch point as a Mental Health Lead, to provide you with the support and structure to make sustainable change.

Our programme delivery is as follows:

  • Unit 1 - Leadership and Management – Your Role and Collaborative Working
  • Unit 2 - Targeted Support and Appropriate Referral
  • Unit 3 - Identifying Need and Monitoring Impact
  • Unit 4 - Creating an Ethos and Environment
  • Unit 5 - Enabling Student Voice
  • Unit 6 - Deep Dive
  • Unit 7 - Curriculum, Learning and Development
  • Unit 8 - Leadership and Management – Managing Change in Your Setting
  • Regional Conference

Suitable for: Colleagues from all phases and settings who are looking to further develop the school mental health support offered.

Delivery Mode: Blended Learning – our programme features online live learning, online forum discussions, online learning, individual and group coaching, personalised audit planning and access to a face to face conference (held regionally).

All participants will also have access to the Carnegie Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Community to attend further CPD opportunities.

Duration: The course runs from January 2023 - May 2023 and is broken into eight online units with group coaching sessions and finishes with a regional face to face day with coaching triads and round table discussions.

Cost: £900

The training has been an invaluable way to draw together all my ideas and initiatives about having a whole school approach to Mental Health. I have learnt a lot through the modules offered and have enjoyed the way in which they are a mixture of practical tips, modelling and academic research. The skills gained from the course will enable me to lead by example as a Senior Mental Health Lead and also put into place systems to support my staff and students whilst drawing on the practice of others. It has been excellent.

Emma Kavanagh Arthur Mellows Village College

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Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Strengthening the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, hereby improving outcomes and life chances.

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