National Educational Leaders in Mental Health

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.

We have applied for DfE grant funding for this course.

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

The course itself 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.

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

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

  • Reserve your place on a course (currently these are not being invoiced until the grants become available and courses are approved)
  • Apply for the grant
  • We give you a code to claim your grant and invoice you
  • You claim for the grant money
  • We confirm your place
  • You attend the training

Details of the grant are due imminently, until then we recommend reserving 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 (20 places only)

18th Jan 2022, 5th April & 24th May Course full

29th Mar 2022, 23rd May & 5th July

Manchester – One Education

18th Nov 2021, 15th Dec and 11th Jan

8th Feb 2022, 21st April and 19th May

25th March 2022, 17th June and 15th July

North East

Northumberland – Northumberland Council

26th January 2022, 9th March & 6th April Course full

23rd Mar 2022, 4 May and 1st June

Hartlepool – Hartlepool and Stockton Councils

8th Dec 2021, 10th Feb 2022 & 6th April

14th Mar 2022, 9th May & 20th June

Yorkshire and Humber

West Midlands

Birmingham – The Root Of It

2nd Feb 2022, 30th March & 10th May

Burton-on-Trent – Imagine Inclusion

31st Jan 2022, 14th Mar & 9th May

Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

11th February, 11th March and 13th May

East Midlands

Corby – Maplefields Training and Development

26th November 2021, 28th January 2022 & 4th March

Leicester – EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing Services

3rd Nov 2021, 12th Jan 2022 & 9th March

Leicester – EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing Services

23rd Feb, 3rd May & 28th June

Grantham – LEARN Teaching Centre

3rd Nov 2021, 17th Jan 2022 & 23rd Feb

Lincoln – LEARN Teaching Centre

17th Nov 2021, 26th Jan 2022 & 23rd March

Boston – LEARN Teaching Centre

7th Dec 2021, 1st Feb 2022 & 2nd March


Norfolk – Norfolk Educational Psychology Service

16th Nov 2021, 11th Jan 2022 & 22nd Feb

Chelmsford – Essex County Council

19th Jan 2022, 9th Mar & 10th May

8th Mar 2022, 27th Apr & 26th May

Clacton-on-Sea – Essex County Council

30th Nov 2021, 25th Jan 2022 & 1st March

Colchester – Essex County Council

16th Mar 2022, 4th May & 16th June

Harlow – Essex County Council

30th Nov 2021, 25th Jan 2022 & 1st March

15th Mar 2022, 5th May & 14th June

South West

St Mary’s Bridport – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

8th Feb 2022, 22nd Mar & 3rd May

North Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

8th Dec 2021, 8th Feb 2022 & 22nd Mar

12th Jan 2022, 8th Mar & 17th May

East Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

26th Jan 2022, 16th Mar & 11th May

Plymouth – Plymouth Educational Psychology Service

18th Nov 2021, 27th Jan 2022 and 3rd March

17th March 2022, 12th May and 23rd June

24th March 2022, 5th May & 9th June

31st March 2022, 26th May and 21st July

South East

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

17th Jan 2022, 14th Feb & 14th Mar

21st March 2022, 25th April & 23rd May

Southampton – Goodlife Psychology and The Root Of It

23rd Nov 2021, 7th Jan and 4th Mar

Crawley – The Root Of It

16th Nov 2022, 24th Jan 2022 & 15th March


Southwark – The Root Of It

15th Nov 2021, 26th Jan 2022 & 16th March

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

15th Nov 2021, 18th Jan 2022 & online 3rd Mar

London – Emotionally Able

4th Nov 2021, 13th Jan 2022 and online 24th March

SEMH Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

London – The Root Of It

22nd Nov 2021, 12th Jan 2022 & 2nd March

Birmingham – The Root Of It

17th Jan 2022, 28th March & 3rd May

Colleges and Further Education

Middle leader courses only in 2021-22

No course in your area? Click here to let us know you are interested.