Choosing a Senior Mental Health Lead Training Course

Access quality-assured training

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a grant for a senior member of school or college staff to access quality-assured training to develop the knowledge and skills to implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in their setting. Further information on senior mental health lead training can be found on gov.uk.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools is the quality assurance partner to the DfE and can be contacted via smhl@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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Choosing a course

Senior mental health leads may now proceed to book a DfE quality assured course.

There is a diverse range of training courses available to choose from that consider the varying learning needs of senior leads and cover four learning levels:

  • Beginner: Senior mental health lead is new to the role and / or has not previously completed senior mental health leadership training
  • Intermediate: Senior mental health lead is familiar with the role and / or has completed limited senior mental health leadership training
  • Advanced: Senior mental health lead is established in their role and / or has completed comprehensive senior mental health leadership training
  • Expert and System Leadership: Senior mental health lead is established in their role, provides leadership beyond their own setting, and may now be seeking a recognised qualification

To support senior leads in choosing a course that most closely meets their needs, we have developed two tools below.

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Assess your learning level

This tool will help you to identify the course level that is most appropriate for your learning needs, through quickly assessing your current experience in delivering each aspect of the senior mental health lead learning outcomes.

* We recommend Google Chrome for accessing this tool.

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Select a course

This tool will help you to identify a quality assured course (s) that most closely meets your needs and preferences, taking into consideration the aspects of training that are important to you such as the format of delivery, your education setting type, location, and cost.

* We recommend Google Chrome for accessing this tool.

Next Steps

Once you have identified the training course you would like to attend, we encourage you to apply for a grant.

When you have received confirmation of a successful grant application, you can book or reserve your place directly with the provider of your chosen training course. Contact details for each training provider are available via the ‘Select a course’ tool above.

Please ensure you obtain and retain a receipt of your booking, including the course code reference which will take the format SMHL****. You will be asked to return to the grant application tool to submit evidence of your booking.

Further information on the grant process is available on gov.uk.