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Place2Be’s Senior Mental Health Leads training - DfE assured

Place2Be’s 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.

Course Overview

Our quality assured Senior Mental Health Leads training programme will support you to develop your whole school approach to mental health. To be successful on the programme you will want to prioritise this part of your role.  

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering grants for Senior Mental Health Leads training to state-funded schools and colleges in England. You can confirm your eligibility and apply through the DfE online grant application form

Leading mental health in a school is not something that can be carried out in isolation, you will need to draw on other members of the school community to make promoting positive mental health part of the embedded culture of your setting.  



Our programme will support you to identify your school’s priorities and develop strategic approaches to address those needs. You will develop your own leadership within the frame of positive mental health, and build a network, sharing best practice 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 are experienced in 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, our programme covers, Leadership and Management, Enabling student voice, Staff Development, Identifying need 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
    • To be given space to prioritise this part of your role
    • To be motivated to embed positive mental health approaches in school

Price:£800- DfE grants available (Discount for online payment)

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, Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact us directly to discuss whether this programme will meet your needs: mhc@place2be.org.uk. 

Funding eligibility

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering grants for Senior Mental Health Leads training to state-funded schools and colleges in England. You can confirm your eligibility and apply through the online grant application form.

If you intend to apply for a grant, you must apply before booking your place on our Senior Mental Health Leads programme. Later on, you will also need to submit evidence (your confirmation email/receipt/invoice) of your booking to the DfE so your grant payment can be authorised.

Please do not delay in applying for your grant as there has been significant interest in the scheme. Grants will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until all grant places are allocated. Funding is only available for a third of schools and colleges this financial year. 


Frequently asked questions


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

How to book

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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