MA

Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing

Teaching & Learning

Distance Learning - overall workload

If you choose to study this course by distance learning, as a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

Distance learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v64=3 or higher (recommended). Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Complete technical requirements are detail in the full guide. Visit our distance learning website

What you'll learn

The Department for Education are drawing on the 'emerging evidence base' around the whole school approach towards mental health. This module explores these models, looks at their strengths and limitations and enables you as a school leader to decide on the model, or adaptation of a model, which is most suitable and helpful to your setting.
Explore change models, summarising the improvements that you wish to see for your school and apply this to strengthen your school's strategy towards mental health. You will discover models of whole school change and child mental health implementation models. You will also study models of critical professional reflection, deepening your skills as a leader to identify whole school needs and bring about sustainable change.
Study different cultures, religions and countries to see how different beliefs affect what your students and parents may think about mental health. You will look at the different cultures in your school and apply this knowledge and consider how you may delicately overcome barriers that beliefs can present.
Explore how resilience is formed in a student by looking at attachment theory, the effect of cognition and the neurobiology of resilience. You will examine ways other schools have tried to develop the resilience of their students, for example, grit, growth mindset and meditation. You will evaluate the 'trait' vs 'learned skill' of resilience as an argument, audit your own school’s resilience practices and complete an analysis of where your school is in terms of resources, benefits and limitations.
The Department for Education are drawing on the 'emerging evidence base' around the whole school approach towards mental health. This module explores these models, looks at their strengths and limitations and enables you as a school leader to decide on the model, or adaptation of a model, which is most suitable and helpful to your setting.
Explore change models, summarising the improvements that you wish to see for your school and apply this to strengthen your school's strategy towards mental health. You will discover models of whole school change and child mental health implementation models. You will also study models of critical professional reflection, deepening your skills as a leader to identify whole school needs and bring about sustainable change.
Study different cultures, religions and countries to see how different beliefs affect what your students and parents may think about mental health. You will look at the different cultures in your school and apply this knowledge and consider how you may delicately overcome barriers that beliefs can present.
Explore how resilience is formed in a student by looking at attachment theory, the effect of cognition and the neurobiology of resilience. You will examine ways other schools have tried to develop the resilience of their students, for example, grit, growth mindset and meditation. You will evaluate the 'trait' vs 'learned skill' of resilience as an argument, audit your own school’s resilience practices and complete an analysis of where your school is in terms of resources, benefits and limitations.

What you'll learn

Investigate how best to work with local agencies by evaluating the prevention, support and crisis procedures your school has for mental health. You will look at different evaluation and quality assurance models, try them out for your school and consider the different statutory frameworks that discuss mental health.
Develop an historical and sociological understanding of mental health and evaluate how this affects current practice, by applying your knowledge to a case study. You will explore models and the application of critical incident techniques from a wide range of fields including the military, education, nursing, mental health, social work and intercultural studies.
Develop a context specific research project aligned to mental health, school leadership and the realities of your school.
Investigate how best to work with local agencies by evaluating the prevention, support and crisis procedures your school has for mental health. You will look at different evaluation and quality assurance models, try them out for your school and consider the different statutory frameworks that discuss mental health.
Develop an historical and sociological understanding of mental health and evaluate how this affects current practice, by applying your knowledge to a case study. You will explore models and the application of critical incident techniques from a wide range of fields including the military, education, nursing, mental health, social work and intercultural studies.
Develop a context specific research project aligned to mental health, school leadership and the realities of your school.