Introduction to the Mental Health Lead Role

DfE Course title: Introduction to the Role of the Mental Health Lead

DfE Course Code: SMHL106

Course cost £350 +VAT

IMPORTANT UPDATE MAY 2024 – All of our available training courses have now moved onto our new portal for The Association of Mental Health in Education. To view all available courses and book please visit

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those new to the role of Senior Mental Health Lead and so want to get to grips with the basic requirements of the role.

It can be used as preparation for to going on an intermediate, advanced or senior leader course. (for those choosing this pathway, then we recommend booking your other course and selecting this as an add-on to that as it is cheaper)


  • A good introduction to the role and a starting point for work in schools.
  • This introductory course was great. It helped me fully understand my role as Mental Health Lead and was delivered in a very user friendly way.
  • The course was very clear, pitched at the right level for school staff to make the next step into becoming a Mental Health Lead.  I had plenty of opportunity to ask if something wasnt clear and I feel I have come away with enough insight and links for further resources to confidently get started.
  • Like that the course is broken down into different areas which is reflected in the action plan. It’s nice to focus mental health into these areas. Feels more manageable and less overwhelming as a lead for this area.

About the course contents

This course helps people understand the requirements of the role and some common tools to help fulfil these requirements.

This course covers all aspects of the DfE Senior Mental Health Lead training description:

  • About the Role
  • Ethos and Culture
  • Leadership and Management
  • Pupil Voice
  • Parents, Carers and Community
  • Staff Development
  • Monitoring the Impact of Interventions
  • Targeted Approach
  • Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Participants are required to submit a simple individual or setting action plan to gain certification (no additional work – this can be completed during the course).  

Special versions

We have versions of this available for both assistant mental health leads and designated governors. DfE grants cannot be used for these.

Action plan

As learners work through the course, at the end of each module they are asked to reflect on any actions they need to do to fulfil the role in their setting and record these on an action plan. To gain their end of course certificate they send back their action plan.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1 day


Grant process

  • Apply for your place on a course
  • Apply for the grant
  • We give you a code to claim your grant and invoice you
  • You claim for the grant money
  • You attend the training

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