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

27th May 2022, 4th July & 16th Sept

Course Full

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

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

In-person Courses

Scroll down to view specialist courses and book onto a course

North West

Liverpool – School Improvement Liverpool

29th Sept 2022, 8th Dec & 23rd Feb 2023

Manchester – One Education

8th November 2022, 6th December & 12th January

9th March 2023, 27th April & 9th May

Trafford – Trafford Borough Council

11th Oct 2022, 8th Nov & 31st Jan 2023

North East

Northumberland – Northumberland Council

18th Oct 2022, 22nd Nov & 17th Jan

Hartlepool – Hartlepool and Stockton Councils


Newcastle – Newcastle Educational Psychology Service

19th Oct 2022, 21st Nov & 17th Jan 2023

25th Jan 2023, 16th Feb & 23rd March

Yorkshire and Humber

Leeds – Leeds Trinity University


West Midlands

Birmingham – The Root Of It

20th Feb 2023, 27th March & 8th May

Telford – Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership

18th May 2022, 11th July & 14th September

12th Oct 2022, 5th Dec & 20th Jan 2023

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

East Midlands

Corby – Maplefields Training and Development

25th Jan 2023, 22nd Feb & 22nd March

Leicester – EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing Services

9th Feb 2023, 21st March & 9th May

Long Bennington – LEARN Teaching Centre

3rd Nov 2022, 19th Jan 2023 & 16th March 2023


Norfolk – Norfolk Educational Psychology Service

18th Oct 2022, 22nd Nov & 24th Jan 2023

Banbury – Psychology 4 Learning


Chelmsford – Essex County Council

21st September 2022, 10th November & 18th January 2023

Colchester – Essex County Council


Basildon – Billericay Teaching Alliance

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

Chafford Hundred – Chafford Hundred Teaching Hub

22nd Feb 2023, 3rd May & 28th June

South West

GloucestershireThe Root Of It

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

West Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

17th Oct 2022, 23rd Nov & 11th Jan

North Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service


East Dorset – Dorset Educational Psychology Service

1st Nov 2022, 6th Dec & 17th Jan 2023

Plymouth – Plymouth Educational Psychology Service


Torbay – Torbay Council

9th Nov 2022, 1st Feb 2023 & 22nd March 2023

South East

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


Fareham – Goodlife Psychology and The Root Of It

4th Oct 2022, 8th Nov & 6th Dec


Southwark – The Root Of It

9th Jan, 27th Feb & 24th April 2023

Specialist Courses

We also offer regional specialist courses

Special Schools (Learning Difficulties)

Online delivered live – Emotionally Able

12th May, 9th June & 7th July (2022-23 funding)

SEMH Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

Online delivered live – The Root Of It


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