Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead Course

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.

Who is this course for?

Those appointed to be the mental health lead for a school or college, but who do not sit on the senior leadership team. Those attending will normally have had some basic or introductory training or experience in the role.

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 pupils. The following modules focuses on leadership and management of the topic, pupil voice, engagement with parents, carers, the community and the staff body, 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.


As learners work through the course, at the end of each module they are set activities to support the embedding of the learning to their work. In addition, learners are expected to 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.

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 5 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
  • National Educational Leaders

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 Self-study course

Live Online

Delivered by The Root Of It

26th May 2022, 17th June & 15th July

8th December 2022, 10th February 2023 & 21st April 2023

24th February 2023, 21st April & 9th June

In-person Courses

Scroll down to view specialist courses and book onto a course

North West

Liverpool – School Improvement Liverpool


Manchester – One Education

21st Nov 2022, 23rd Jan 2023 & 6th March 2023

Trafford – Trafford Borough Council

21st March 2022, 20th June & 11th July

North East

Northumberland – Northumberland Council


Newcastle – Newcastle Educational Psychology Service

23rd Jan 2023, 15th Feb & 22nd March

Yorkshire and Humber

Leeds – Leeds Trinity University


West Midlands

Birmingham – The Root Of It


Wolverhampton – Bedazzle


Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

11th May 2022, 22nd June & 13th July

30th Jan 2023, 28th Feb & 27th March

East Midlands

Corby – Maplefields Training and Development

13th Jan 2023, 3rd Feb & 8th March

Long Bennington – LEARN Teaching Centre

10th Nov 2022, 8th Dec & TBC



Colchester – Essex County Council


Chelmsford – Essex County Council


Basildon – Billericay Teaching Alliance

31st January 2023, 28th February & 29th March

Chafford Hundred – Chafford Hundred Teaching Hub

8th Feb 2023, 15th March & 19th April

South West

East Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service


Plymouth – Plymouth Educational Psychology Service


South East

West Berkshire – West Berkshire Educational Psychology Service & Therapeutic Thinking Support Team


Southampton – Goodlife Psychology and The Root Of It


Specialist Courses

We also offer regional specialist courses

Special Schools (Learning Difficulties)

Online delivered live – Emotionally Able

12th May, 9th June & 7th July (2022-23 funding)

SEMH Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

Online delivered live – The Root Of It


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