Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead Courses

Leading to a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Aware Leadership (Educational Mental Health Lead) in addition to accreditation as a Designated Mental Health Lead.

Schools and colleges can apply for DfE funding to cover the £800 cost of this course. Additional places can also be purchased.

Discounts: If you are training a second Mental Health Lead following the departure of your previous trained Lead then you will qualify for a discount of up to 50% (previously trained with us) or 30% (trained with a different provider). Please contact with details so that we can apply your discount at the time of ordering.

Who is this course for?

Those appointed to be the mental health lead for a school or college. The senior mental health lead is established in their role and/or has completed comprehensive senior mental health leadership training prior to coming on this course.

About the course contents

The course itself starts with a module discussing the essence of the full role (as determined by the Department for Education), before moving onto a module on ethos and culture for staff and pupils. The following modules focuses on leadership and management of the topic, pupil voice, engagement with parents, carers, the community and the staff body, staff wellbeing and mental health, including overcoming difficulties in working with others. The final part focuses on reflecting on available local mental health services for pupils, in addition to a module on understanding the mental health and wellbeing requirements in the curriculum.

Online learners self-study 10-15 minute videos to work through the contents. They are set reflective and self-study activities by the tutor to facilitate the learning and are expected to work through these as they complete the modules.


  • Understanding the Role
  • Ethos and Culture
  • Leadership and Management
  • Pupil Voice
  • Parents, Carers and Community
  • Staff Support and Development
  • Mental Health Interventions
  • Targeted Approach
  • Curriculum, teaching and learning

We are delighted to work with some amazing local organisations to deliver this training in your area, scroll down to see organisations and training dates.


When participants complete the course they automatically receive a digital certificate of attendance. To become a qualified mental health lead there is a portfolio to complete.

As learners work through the course, at the end of each module they are encouraged to complete activities to support the embedding of the learning to their work. In addition, learners complete some self-study of a topic relevant to them or their setting.

This portfolio is based on the Department for Education outcomes for Designated Mental Health Lead training and the portfolio assesses the ability of the participant to be able to perform the competencies identified (or oversee them where that function is undertaken by others) to enable us to qualify them for the role. It can take 3-5 years to embed the learning from the course, so the portfolio allows participants to identify how they would do it, or how they liaise with others to monitor the implementation of the particular skill.

The DfE expectations of the competencies of the role can be downloaded from the DfE at It is important that time is set aside to complete the portfolio if a participant wishes to, as there are a large number of outcomes set by the DfE.

Learners reflect on activities in their portfolio, by responding to the questions in there. Guidance is available on the expectations on the response to each. These need to be returned within 7 months of the course start.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 3 days in-person or online live (or online pre-recorded) and portfolio

Difficulty: Advanced

Course level

  • Introduction
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Grant process

  1. Apply for your place on a course
  2. Apply for the grant
  3. We give you a code to claim your grant and invoice you
  4. You claim for the grant money
  5. You attend the training

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Online courses

Live Courses

Scroll down to view specialist courses and book onto a course

North West

Liverpool – School Improvement Liverpool


Live Online Regional course – The Root Of It

6th Oct 2023, 3rd Nov & 12th Jan

Lancashire – The Root Of It

Central – 6th Nov 2023, 16th Jan and 20th March

East – 7th Nov 2023, 17th Jan and 18th March

North – 8th Nov 2023, 15th Jan and 19th March

North East

Newcastle – Newcastle Educational Psychology Service

7th Nov 2023, 30th Nov & 28th Feb

Northumberland – Northumberland Council

18th Jan 2024, 14th Feb & 18th March (Thurs, Weds, Mon)

Live Online Regional Course – The Root Of It

26th Jan 2024, 1st March & 19th April

Yorkshire and Humber

Leeds – The Root Of It


West Midlands

Live Online Regional Course – The Root Of It

5th February, 11th March & 29th April

Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

22nd Nov 2023, 24th Jan & 26th Feb

East Midlands

Corby – Maplefields Training and Development


Live Online Regional Course – The Root Of It

22nd March 2024, 3rd May & 14th June


Norfolk – Norfolk Educational Psychology Service

7th June 2023, 20th September, 18th October

28th Nov 2023, 9th Jan 2024 & 5th March

Basildon – Billericay Teaching Alliance


Chafford Hundred – Chafford Hundred Teaching Hub

5th Oct 2023, 23rd Nov & 14th Jan

22nd Feb 2024, 2nd May & 27th June

South West

Live Online Regional Course – Goodlife Psychology/The Root Of It

22nd Jan 2024, 19th Feb & 17th April

South East

Live Online Regional Course – Goodlife Psychology + The Root Of It

13th Nov 2023, 6th Dec & 8th January

Specialist Courses

We also offer regional specialist courses

SEMH Special Schools and Alternative Provisions


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