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Senior Mental Health Lead Training

You can now book a DfE-funded place on our Senior Mental Health Lead training. We are offering courses for both our Special and Secondary colleagues. If you’d like to secure your place on one of our courses, please follow these steps to ensure you access funding:

  1. Check the eligibility of your school or FE college on the Department for Education’s terms and conditions
  2. Complete the DfE grant funding form
  3. Once your application is approved, register an interest for a place on one of the Senior Mental Health Lead training courses by using the link below 

To register your interest, fill in our form here

Our terms and conditions can be viewed here

Course details

The intended impact of this course is to give schools and specialist settings the confidence and the tools to deal with a variety of mental health related issues and the knowledge of when to seek further outside help.

Course outline

Day 1

  1. Introduction and welcome
  2. Identifying pupil's needs
  3. Developing and supporting staff
  4. Building systems around the child
  5. Assessing and monitoring pupil mental health

Day 2

  1. Creating a bespoke approach for referral and intervention
  2. Creating a culture to support pupil's mental health and wellbeing
  3. Strategic implementation

Who can attend the training?

Are you responsible for the day to day management of mental health and wellbeing across your setting, if so, this training is for you.

The training is offered at an intermediate level for senior mental health leads familiar with the role and / or who have completed limited senior mental health leadership training. If you are unsure if you meet this criteria please contact for further details.

The training is available to staff working in mainstream Secondary Schools, all Special Schools including Alternative Provision settings and hospital schools.

What are the benefits to me and my school?

Schools are at the centre of their communities and are best placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health difficulties of pupils and staff in line with the whole school approach.

By attending this course, leaders will have a greater understanding of how to identify, support and track pupil’s mental health needs, signpost to appropriate agencies, upskill their school workforce, influence school policy, reflect and adapt their curriculum, better advise parents and carers of their understanding of mental health difficulties and truly embed the voice and influence of the pupils, taking into consideration the needs of Special and Alternative Provision settings.

What is the time commitment?

  • Two hours for a baseline assessment completed prior to the course
  • Two full days, face to face from 9:30 until 16:30 in Sheffield.

What other resources are available?

  • Three optional one hour drop in sessions after you have completed the training
  • Peer to peer support groups initially facilitated by the trainer.

The participants will be informed of how to deliver appropriate interventions and encompass resilience as part of their bespoke curriculum delivery.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £800 per delegate.

Check your grant eligibility and complete the DfE grant funded form

Once your application is approved register your interest using this link

Contact information?

Contect Mel Kilner on for more information