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Mental Health Champions - School Leader programme


Mental Health Champions - School Leader programme

We provide mental health lead training to support schools with children’s mental health.

Coronavirus Update

We are not delivering face-face training and this programme is currently on hold. You can register your interest to be contacted when we start to deliver face-face again.

Whilst we continue to monitor government guidelines on coronavirus, we hope to be able to resume courses in the new calendar year and will update this page when we have a clearer view.

When we resume, all courses will be risk assessed to ensure that we remain compliant with social distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of participants and trainers.

We are providing one entirely online programme free to qualified teachers in the UK: Mental Health Champions – Foundation

We are also providing a remotely delivered programme of support: Mental Health Champions – Place2Think


Our expert training programme enables school leaders to become mental health champions, helping develop school communities with a positive attitude towards mental health.

Register your interest

Mental Health Champions – School Leader programme supports participants to identify their school’s priorities and develop strategic approaches to addressing those needs. Participants develop a network and share best practice with peers from other schools and reflect on their own leadership within the frame of positive mental health for their whole school community.

This programme is open to multi-academy trusts, teaching school alliances and local federations as well as individual schools.

Duration: 26 contact hours over five to six months

Cost: Fully-funded places available in some locations. Or self-funded, £8,000 for a cohort of eight schools (two attendees per school)

Who is it for: Two members of the senior leadership team (including pastoral, inclusion, or SEND leads)

Location: Your school or chosen venue

The course has been so valuable to us as a school and to me as the headteacher. It has once again put a spotlight on what we already do to support mental health and wellbeing at our school but also what we can improve. The group on the course have formed very strong and positive relationships which have arisen from a common bond: a drive to improve outcomes for all of our children. Headteacher, Kent

What does it cover?

  • Auditing existing mental health and emotional wellbeing activity and identifying priority areas for improvement  
  • Understanding child development theories and applying them in school
  • Building confidence and capacity to understand and respond to mental health needs
  • Developing a plan to address school priorities across different stakeholders.

What happens in the consultations?

These consultations allow participants to reflect on their work and review specific goals.

Our mental health professionals provide a framework to help school leaders develop an action plan to promote mental health in their schools.

Does it work?

After completing the programme


of participants felt confident to manage the behaviour of pupils with mental health needs (compared to 69% before)


of participants felt the programme had increased their knowledge of children's mental health issues (compared to 71% before)


of participants felt confident identifying external agencies to support pupils with mental health issues (compared to 61% before)


of participants felt confident commissioning services to support pupils’ mental health (compared to 31% before)


This course is accredited continuing professional development (CPD) by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

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