National Educational Leaders in Mental Health

(a version of the Advanced Mental Health Lead training for senior leaders)

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

This course is a version of the advanced course with additional content for senior leaders.

Who is this course for?

Headteachers, principals, deputy heads, assistant heads, local authority staff, multi-academy trust staff and others in strategic roles wanting to make an impact in their setting, community and other settings.

About the course contents

This version of the Advanced Mental Health Lead course starts with a module discussing the essence of the full role (as determined by the Department for Education), before moving onto an in-depth module on ethos and culture. This reflection on whole-setting aspirations forms the context of the rest of the course, as learners reflect on their leadership and management approaches, engagement with pupils, parents, carers, the community and the staff body. The final part focuses on reflecting on available local mental health services for both staff and pupils, in addition to a module on building mental health and wellbeing into 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 oversee the implementation of the particular skill.

Learners reflect on the 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: Senior

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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Online Self-study Course

Live Online

10th Nov 2022, 19th Jan 2023 & 9th March 2023

24th March 2023, 18th May & 6th July

19th April 2023, 17th May & 14th June

In-person Courses

Scroll down to view specialist courses and book onto a course

North West

Liverpool – School Improvement Liverpool

30th March 2023, 23rd May & 11th July

Manchester – One Education

12th January 2023, 9th March & 27th April

Trafford – Trafford Borough Council

North East

Northumberland – Northumberland Council

Newcastle – Newcastle Educational Psychology Service

Yorkshire and Humber

Leeds – The Root Of It

6th Feb 2023, 6th March & 22nd May

West Midlands

Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

10th February 2023, 6th March & 24th April

East Midlands

Corby – Maplefields Training and Development

22nd Feb 2023, 22nd March & 26th April

Leicester – EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing Services



Norfolk – Norfolk Educational Psychology Service

7th Feb 2023, 7th March & 16th May

Chelmsford – Essex County Council

26th April 2023, 28th June & 4th Oct

Basildon – Billericay Teaching Alliance

23rd Nov 2022, 25th Jan 2023 & 22nd March 2023

27th April 2023, 27th June & 26th Sept

Chafford Hundred – Chafford Hundred Teaching Hub

23nd Feb 2023, 4th May & 29th June

South West

GloucestershireThe Root Of It

20th March 2023, 15th May & 19th June

PurbeckDorset Educational Psychology Service

15th March 2023, 26th April & 17th May

Torbay – Torbay Council

South East


Southwark – The Root Of It


Specialist Courses

We also offer regional specialist courses

SEMH Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

Online delivered live – The Root Of It

14th March 2023, 4th May & 29th June

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