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.

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

For more details, please see

Online Self-study Course

Live Online

21st March 2022, 4th May & 21st June

In-person Courses

Scroll down to view specialist courses and book onto a course

North West

Liverpool – School Improvement Liverpool

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

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

Manchester – One Education

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

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

Trafford – Trafford Borough Council

25th Jan 2022, 5th April & 17th May

North East

Northumberland – Northumberland Council

23rd Mar 2022, 4th May and 15th June

Hartlepool – Hartlepool and Stockton Councils

10th Feb 2022, 6th April & 26th May

Yorkshire and Humber

Leeds – Leeds Trinity University

8th Feb 2022, 8th March & 19th April

22nd March 2022, 26th April & 17th May

24th March 2022, 21st April & 26th May

West Midlands

Birmingham – The Root Of It

2nd Feb (online) 2022, 30th March & 23rd May

Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

11th February, 11th March and 13th May

7th Mar 2022, 9th May & 20th June

East Midlands

Corby – Maplefields Training and Development

28th January 2022, 11th March & 29th April

Leicester – EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing Services

23rd Feb, 3rd May & 28th June

Grantham – LEARN Teaching Centre

17th Jan 2022, 23rd Feb & 29th March

Boston – LEARN Teaching Centre

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


Norfolk – Norfolk Educational Psychology Service

18th March 2022, 29th April & 10th June

Chelmsford – Essex County Council

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

Colchester – Essex County Council

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

Harlow – Essex County Council

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

Basildon – Billericay Teaching Alliance

3 Feb 2022, 8 Mar & 4 May

22 Mar 2022, 24 May & 6 Jul

Chafford Hundred – Chafford Hundred Teaching Hub

23rd Feb 2022, 4th May & 29th June

South West

GloucestershireGloucestershire Educational Psychology Service

25th Jan 2022, 22nd Mar & 17th May

10th Feb 2022, 31st Mar & 26th May

St Mary’s Bridport – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

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

North Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

8th Mar 2022 & 17th May & 21st June

East Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

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

Plymouth – Plymouth Educational Psychology Service

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

7th Jan 2022, 4th Mar & 5th April

Worthing – The Root Of It

24th Jan (online) 2022, 15th March & 18th May


Southwark – The Root Of It

26th Jan (online) 2022, 16th March & 24th May

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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