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Place2Be’s Senior Mental Health Leads training programme

Place2Be’s Senior Mental Health Leads training programme

Launching September 2021 – We provide a comprehensive programme for Senior Mental Health Leads to support developing a whole school approach to wellbeing and mental health.


Leading mental health in a school is not a role that can be carried out in isolation. Our programme will support you to increase understanding of universal mental health across your whole school community. You will need to be able to prioritise this part of your role and be supported to make promoting positive mental health part of the embedded culture of your setting. 

Available to book from September 2021, our Senior Mental Health Leads programme will support you to identify your school’s priorities and develop strategic approaches to addressing those needs. You will develop your own leadership within the frame of positive mental health and build a networksharing best practice with peers from other schools. 

What we do

Our School Leader programme launched in 2015 and has since trained over 500 School Leaders from 460 schools.

During the 2020-21 academic year, over 50,000 teachers and staff from more than 13,800 UK schools took part in our online Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme.

Course Details

Developed and delivered by our training team of qualified clinicians, experienced in working with schools, this programme will:

  • Provide tools and support to audit your existing mental health activity and identify priority areas for improvement.

  • Equip you to take a strategic approach to mental health in your individual school context

  • Use a relational model of leadership to build your reflective learning practice and ensure you can effect real change for your pupils and staff.

  • Offer flexible and interactive learning through a blended approach. Offer transformational personal and professional development opportunities.

  • Provide access to a range of additional benefits including: free Foundation level training for your wider team; and ongoing access to Place2Be webinars, resources and community of support through our virtual Staffroom, to help you foster positive wellbeing in your school.

What does it cover?

The 12-week programme incorporates:   

  • 4 facilitated modules within our online learning environment 
  • 4 online live interactive group sessions 
  • 2 individual consultations bespoke to you and your school
  • Optional: 2 small group reflective sessions

Registration for our quality-assured programme will open in September 2021. If you are interested in doing your Senior Mental Health Lead training with Place2Be, please register your interest and we’ll contact you then. 

Who is it for?

Senior Mental Health Leads at primary and secondary schools in England. You will need the support of your Senior Leadership Team to fulfil the requirements of the programme. If you hold a different role, are applying from an FE college or Special School, or are based in Scotland or Wales, please contact us directly to discuss whether this programme will meet your needs: mhc@place2be.org.uk.      


From September 2021, the Department for Education is offering grants for Senior Mental Health Leads in England to access training in order to develop their knowledge and skills to implement an effective whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing in their setting. More information on how to apply for the grant will be available in September.


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 

Mental Health Champions Class Teacher Training Ss

Book now

Registration for our quality-assured programme will open in September 2021. If you are interested in doing your Senior Mental Health Lead training with Place2Be, please register your interest and we’ll contact you then.

Register interest