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.

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

Grant process

Whilst the DfE have not confirmed final details, we believe the process to be:

  1. Reserve 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. We confirm your place
  6. You attend the training

Details of the grant have now been released, we recommend booking your place on a course to avoid disappointment.

Online Self-study course


Scroll down to view specialist courses and book onto a course

North West

Liverpool – School Improvement Liverpool

16th Nov 2021, 13th Jan 2022 & 3rd March

Manchester – One Education

17th Nov 2021, 16th Dec and 10th Jan

7th Feb 2022, 22nd April and 20th May

24th Mar 2022, 16th June & 14th July

North East

Northumberland – Northumberland Council

2nd November 2021, 30th November & 11th January 2022

Hartlepool – Hartlepool and Stockton Councils

31st Jan 2022, 28th Feb & 28th Mar

Yorkshire and Humber

West Midlands

Birmingham – The Root Of It

16th Feb 2022, 23rd March & 27th April

Cannock – Imagine Inclusion

13th Dec 2021, 12th Jan 2022 & 7th Feb

Burton-on-Trent – Imagine Inclusion

28th Mar 2022, 29th Apr & 23rd May

Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

17th February, 22nd March and 29th April

East Midlands

Corby – Maplefields Training and Development

18th November 2021, 10th December & 14th January 2022

Leicester – EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing Services

19th Jan, 23rd Feb & 23rd March

Grantham – LEARN Teaching Centre

15th Nov 2021, 15th Dec & 14th Jan 2022

Lincoln – LEARN Teaching Centre

11th Nov 2021, 9th Dec & 13th Jan

Boston – LEARN Teaching Centre

12th Jan 2022, 8th Feb & 16th March


Norfolk – Norfolk Educational Psychology Service

14th Jan 2022, 11th Feb & 11th March


Clacton-on-Sea – Essex County Council

15th Nov 2021, 13th Dec & 17th Jan 2022

Colchester – Essex County Council

24th Feb 2022, 24th Mar & 27th Apr

South West

St Mary’s Bridport – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

23rd Nov 2021, 5th Jan 2022 & 9th Mar

East Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

14th Dec 2021, 18th Jan 2022 & 30th Mar

Plymouth – Plymouth Educational Psychology Service

5 Nov 2021, 2 Dec and 6 Jan 2022

16 Dec 2021, 13 Jan 2022 and 10 Feb

South East

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

8th Nov 2021, 6th Dec & 24th Jan 2022

Southampton – Goodlife Psychology and The Root Of It

12th Nov 2021, 3rd Dec & 13th Jan 2022

Arundel – The Root Of It

6th Jan 2022, 15th Feb & 22nd March


Southwark – The Root Of It

1st Dec 2021, 11th Jan 2022 & 8th Feb

Specialist Courses

We also offer regional specialist courses

Special Schools (Learning Difficulties)

Please note the third day of these courses is delivered online

Newcastle – Emotionally Able

16th Nov 2021, 9th Dec and online 27th Jan 2022

London – Emotionally Able

6th Jan 2022, 3rd March & online 28th April

SEMH Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

Senior courses only in 2021-22

Colleges and Further Education

Birmingham – The Root Of It

10th Jan 2022, 7th March & 26th April

London – The Root Of It

29th Nov 2021, 19th Jan 2022 & 9th March

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