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Senior Mental Health Leads training - Scotland

Senior Mental Health Leads training - Scotland

Our Senior Mental Health Leads training - Scotland programme will help you develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing in your school community.

About the course

We have designed our CPD-certified Senior Mental Health Leads (SMHL) programme to support you in developing a whole school approach to mental health.

Our 12-week programme will support you in identifying your school’s priorities and developing strategic approaches to address those needs. You'll develop your leadership skills with positive mental health and build a network, sharing best practices with peers from other schools.

To be successful in the programme, you'll want to prioritise this part of your role. You'll need to draw on other school community members to make promoting positive mental health part of the embedded culture of your setting.

Download our Senior Mental Health Leads Scotland leaflet


How is the programme delivered?  

The course will be spread over 12 weeks and involves a mixture of course content, detailed below.

  • Activity

  • Online modules

    Four online modules

    Facilitated on Hive, our online learning environment

    10 hours
  • Group sessions

    Four live interactive group sessions held online

    Live interactive group sessions facilitated by up to 2 trainers

    10 hours
  • Consultations

    Two individual consultations bespoke to you and your school

    Individual and bespoke to your school

    2 hours
  • Reflective sessions

    Two small group 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

Course content

Learning outcomes

Our programme covers all eight outcomes detailed below.

1. Leadership and Management

2. Enabling Student Voice

3. Staff Development

4. Identifying needs and monitoring impact

5. Working with parents and carers

6. Targeted support and referral

7. An ethos and environment that promotes respect and values diversity

8. Curriculum, teaching and learning


  • 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
  • Build a network of support 
  • Audit your existing mental health activity and identify areas for improvement    
  • Take a strategic approach to mental health in your school context 
  • Access a range of additional resources and benefits for your wider team and school community 

Who is it for?

Our SMHL training programme is for any member of staff who wishes to take a leading role in shaping their school's mental health and wellbeing strategy at primary and high schools. You'll need the support of your Senior Leadership Team to fulfil the programme's requirements.

If you're in England, we have a Department for Education assured SMHL programme available. If you hold a different role, are applying from a Further Education college or Special School or are based in Wales or Northern Ireland, please get in touch with us directly to discuss whether this programme will meet your needs by emailing mhc@place2be.org.uk


Course fee: £880

Local funding

You may be able to get funding for our SMHL training programme through your local authority if you live in the following region:

  • East Lothian Council

To access funding, contact your local authority directly.


If you are self-funding, there are two ways to pay the course fee of £880.

  1. Credit or debit card. We offer a £20 discount per booking if you pay online using the code 20SMHL. Please note that you will not receive an invoice if you pay this way.
  2. Offline payment. If you choose this payment method, we will send your school finance officer an invoice of £880 using the details you provide us in your registration form.


The CPD Certification Service

CPD certified - The CPD Certification Service logo

Our Senior Mental Health Leads Training programme has been CPD certified as conforming to continuing professional development principles. To receive the CPD certificate, participants will need to attend all four live zoom sessions. Please contact us at mhc@place2be.org.uk for further information

Find our more about our CPD certification

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How to book

You can register for our SMHL Scotland training via our booking page, accessible below.

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

- school address and postcode

- school VAT Number

- details for you Designated Safeguarding Lead and School Finance Officer

- school debit/credit card number if you're choosing to pay online.

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