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Course overviews

Introduction to the Mental Health Lead Role 

One day course (or self-studied online)  

A one-day introduction to the role of the Mental Health Lead. Suitable for someone who has not completed senior mental health leadership training. This course helps people understand the requirements of the role and some common tools to help fulfil these requirements. Participants are required to submit their individual or setting action plan to gain certification.  

Versions are available for designated Governors and assistant mental health leads (these cannot be claimed using the DfE grant system). 

Intermediate Designated Mental Health Lead 

Two-day course (or self-studied online) 

A course designed to explore the full scope of the role of the Mental Health Lead at a deeper level in order to embed their whole-setting approach, establish a comprehensive strategy to plan for meeting the mental health and wellbeing needs of pupils and action plan across a setting. It is expected the lead will have already have been in post and have an understanding of the role.  

People completing this course have experience of the role, and seek a more in-depth understanding of the role to strategically meet the needs of their pupils earlier and/or more effectively beyond the existing provision. This evidence-based two-day course addresses these problems by taking the participants through all aspects of the role at a deeper level, supporting the lead to think strategically and further embed their whole-setting approach. In addition, they have access to qualified professionals who lead peer-level discussions to overcoming potential barriers, resistance or problems. Participants complete a simple portfolio based on their plans for applying the learning to gain the certification. 

Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead 

Three day course (or self-studied online), leading to a level 4 qualification 

A course designed for established mental health leads who are middle leaders in a school or college and know the tolls required for this role. This reflection-based course goes through the full breadth of the role in more depth and uses discussion to share experiences and learn from others to deepen a mental health lead’s knowledge, skills and understanding. 

The Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead course is designed to take a Lead from “what do I have to do” to “what’s the best way to achieve it” in order to achieve a coordinated and consistent approach to mental health.   

This three-day course starts from the basis leads know about the role and focusses on how to embed practice across a setting and deal with barriers in getting support right for your pupils using discussion, reflection and theoretical input. Designed for those who already understand the role, but now want to be more proficient and make decisions about the best way of achieving an outcome, particularly when overcoming resistance or barriers.   

Participants complete a portfolio evidencing how they will embed the full role requirements and receive dual certification on submission – an Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead and a level 4 Ofqual-regulated qualification in Mental Health Aware Leadership (Educational Mental Health Lead). 

National Educational Leaders in Mental Health 

Three day course (or self-studied online), leads to a level 4 qualification 

A version of the Advanced course specifically for senior leaderships with content focussed on culture, ethos, staff and how they can be supported to meet the needs of your pupils. Participants use their knowledge of the role and the tools available to share good practice, learn from other settings and receive evidence-based input. 

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We are an accredited centre for the National Network of Mental Health Leads offering DfE grant funded courses and offer the following courses:

Introduction to the Mental Health Lead Role

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A one-day introduction to the role of the Mental Health Lead. Suitable for someone who has not completed senior mental health leadership training and needs to understand evidence-based tools and resources that can support the role. Participants develop their own action plan to gain a certificate.

We also have courses for designated Governors and assistant mental health leads (which cannot be claimed using the DfE grant system).

Intermediate Designated Mental Health Lead

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An evidence-based two-day course exploring the full scope of the role of the Mental Health Lead and ways of approaching the role within an educational setting. Participants complete a simple portfolio based on their plans for applying the learning to gain the certification.

Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead

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A three-day course for established mental health leads who are middle leaders and know the tools required for this role. This discussion-based course is linked to a level 4 qualification and allows leads  to share experiences and learn from others to deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding.

National Educational Leaders in Mental Health

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A version of the Advanced Mental Health Lead course specifically for senior leadership teams, looking at the role in the context of culture, ethos and staff wellbeing. This discussion-based course is linked to a level 4 qualification and allows senior leaders the opportunity to share and hear approaches to mental health in educational settings.

Please note schools and colleges need to claim their own grant and there is only one per setting.

Short informal note

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You may have recently received an email about the National Network of Mental Health Leads offering complimentary membership and also funded training for mental health leads. We are delighted to be part of the consortium delivering these courses and we will be offer courses for senior leaders and headteachers, in addition to separate courses for middle leaders doing the role. Here are the dates of our courses:

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To get the funding you need to reserve your place on a course and apply for a £1200 grant from the DfE via https://onlinecollections.des.fasst.org.uk/fastform/senior-mental-health-leads. You can book your place on the course on the network website [insert course link here]

More formal newsletters etc.

Adapt this according to your offer, for example if you are offering the introduction course, then it needs to be added.

Funded Designated Mental Health Lead training

We are working with the National Network of Mental Health Leads as an approved provider of Department for Education funded training for mental health leads. 

We are offering two pathways through the training and schools and colleges in England can apply for a £1200 grant to cover the cost of the training and contribute towards cover costs.

Advanced Mental Health Lead – a three-day course for established mental health leads who are middle leaders and know the tools required for this role. This discussion-based course is linked to a level 4 qualification and allows leads  to share experiences and learn from others to deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding. Complete a portfolio alongside the course to gain the certification and also a level 4 qualification in Mental Health Aware Leadership.

National Educational Leaders in Mental Health – for Heads and Senior leaders – a version of the Advanced Mental Health Lead course specifically for senior leadership teams, looking at the role in the context of culture, ethos and staff wellbeing. This discussion-based course is linked to a level 4 qualification and allows senior leaders the opportunity to share and hear approaches to mental health in educational settings. Participants complete a portfolio evidencing how they will embed the full role requirements and receive dual certification on submission – a National Educational Leader in Mental Health and a level 4 Ofqual-regulated qualification in Mental Health Aware Leadership (Education). 

Course dates:

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When you book you are given the opportunity to complete an Introduction to the Mental Health Lead Role to prepare you for the training.

The application form from the is at https://onlinecollections.des.fasst.org.uk/fastform/senior-mental-health-leads, and you can book your place via the Network website at www.mentalhealthlead.com