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

Course level

  • Introduction
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • National Educational Leaders

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

For more details, please see

Online Self-study course

Live Online

Delivered by The Root Of It

11th Jan 2022, 8th Feb & 8th March

28th March 2022, 3rd May & 13th June

In-person Courses

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

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

Trafford – Trafford Borough Council

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

North East

Northumberland – Northumberland Council

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

Yorkshire and Humber

Leeds – Leeds Trinity University

25th Jan 2022, 15th Feb & 15th March

West Midlands

Birmingham – The Root Of It

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

Wolverhampton – Bedazzle

1st Feb 2022, 15th Mar & 10th May

Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

17th February, 22nd March and 29th April

East Midlands

Lincoln – LEARN Teaching Centre

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



Colchester – Essex County Council

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

Basildon – Billericay Teaching Alliance

22nd Feb 2022, 2nd Mar & 26th April

10th Mar 2022, 21st Apr & 18th May

Chafford Hundred – Chafford Hundred Teaching Hub

9th Feb 2022, 16th March & 20th April

South West

Gloucestershire – Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service

13th Jan 2022, 17th Feb & 10th Mar

St Mary’s Bridport – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

30th Mar 2022, 26th April & 25th May

East Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

30th Mar 2022, 26th April & 25th May

Plymouth – Plymouth Educational Psychology Service

16 Dec 2021, 13 Jan 2022 and 10 Feb

South East

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

6th Dec 2021, 24th Jan 2022 & 7th Mar

Southampton – Goodlife Psychology and The Root Of It

3rd Dec 2021, 13th Jan 2022 & 14th 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

20th Jan 2022, 24th Mar & online 19th May

London – Emotionally Able

17th March 2022, 12th May and online 7th July

SEMH Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

Online delivered live – The Root Of It

12th Jan 2022, 2nd March & 17th May

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