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Senior Mental Health Leads training - DfE Assured

Senior Mental Health Leads training - DfE Assured

We provide a comprehensive programme for Senior Mental Health Leads to support developing a whole school approach to wellbeing and mental health.

Department for Education (DfE) grants are available for the 2022/2023 financial year. You can book your place in one of our autumn term cohorts - please refer to our funding eligibility information below.

Course Overview

Our CPD-certified Senior Mental Health Leads training programme is DfE quality-assured. It'll support you to develop your whole school approach to mental health. To be successful in the programme, you'll want to prioritise this part of your role.  

Leading mental health in a school isn't something you can carry out in isolation. You'll need to draw on other school community members to make promoting positive mental health part of the embedded culture of your setting.



Our programme will support you in identifying your school’s priorities and develop strategic approaches to address those needs. You'll develop your leadership skills within positive mental health and build a network, sharing best practices with peers from other schools.


Benefits for you and your school  

  • Audit your existing mental health activity and identify areas for improvement   
  • Take a strategic approach to mental health in your school context 
  • Hone your leadership skills to effect real change for your pupils and staff  
  • Train with our team of qualified clinicians who have experience working with schools
  • Access a range of additional resources and benefits for your wider team and school community  
  • Build a network of support  

Learning Outcomes 

Of the eight learning outcomes put forward by the Department for Education (DfE), our programme covers:

  •  Leadership and Management
  • Enabling student voice
  • Staff Development
  • Identifying needs and monitoring impact
  • Working with parents and carers
  • Targeted support and referral
  • An ethos and environment that promotes respect and values diversity.  


How is the programme delivered?  

  • Activity

    Time(across 12 weeks)
  • Online modules

    Online modules

    Facilitated on Hive, our online learning environment

    10 hours
  • Group sessions

    Group sessions

    Live interactive group sessions facilitated by up to 2 trainers

    10 hours
  • Consultations


    Individual and bespoke to your school

    2 hours
  • Reflective sessions

    Reflective sessions

    Optional small group reflective sessions

    2 hours
  • Total contact time spent across 12 weeks

    Total contact time across 12 weeks

    23-25 hours

Key information

  • Length:
  • 12 weeks
  • You will need to:
  • • Sit on the leadership team, or have their support
    • Be given space to prioritise this part of your role
    • Be motivated to embed positive mental health approaches in school

Price:£800(discount for online payment)

Who is it for?

Senior Mental Health Leads at primary and secondary schools in England. You'll need the support of your Senior Leadership Team to fulfil the programme's requirements. 

If you:

  • hold a different role
  • are applying from an FE college or Special School
  • are based in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Please contact us directly to discuss whether this programme will meet your needs: mhc@place2be.org.uk

Funding eligibility

Please book your place on one of our autumn cohorts. DfE grants are now available for the 2022/2023 financial year.

To confirm your place, you'll need to:

Frequently asked questions


Our Senior Mental Health Leads Training programme has been CPD certified as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

CPD certified - The CPD Certification Service logo


Participants from Place2Be’s previous School Leader programme 


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."

Participant on Place2Be’s previous School Leader programme 

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How to book

There are currently limited spaces, but we are continuously adding more. For information on additional dates and spaces, please email mhc@place2be.org.uk.

Please ensure you have the following ready before completing the form:

- School address and postcode

- Designated Safeguarding Lead name

- Designated Safeguarding Lead email

- School VAT Number

- School Finance Officer name

- School Finance Officer email

- School Finance Officer phone number

- School debit/credit card number if applicable

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