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Intermediate senior mental health lead training

Build your skills and develop your provision as the senior mental health lead in your school or college.

About this training

The intermediate version of our senior mental health lead training is designed for those who are familiar with the role and/or those with limited senior mental health leadership training. It is suitable for those working in both schools and colleges.

You will thoroughly explore Public Health England’s 8 principles for a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing, and develop a community-wide approach to improving mental health outcomes in your school or college.

Alongside the training, you will also get:

  • an optional reflective session between training days

  • optional post-course support sessions

  • an online network to collaborate with peers

  • a monthly senior mental health lead newsletter for ongoing advice, tips and quality-assured resources.

  • a CPD certificate on completion of the course.

The course is delivered by two expert trainers online via Zoom. Training runs from 9.30–16.30 on both days.

The online reflection session between training days runs from 15.00-17.00.  

Following day two of the training, you will be invited to join an online follow-up session which runs from 9.30-11.00.  

Our intermediate course has the highest DfE quality assurance score based on Leeds Beckett University’s Training Course Quality Assurance Matrix.

Aims of this training

By the end of the course, you will:

  • articulate a plan for how you will put in place whole school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing, which embodies respect and values diversity

  • demonstrate how you will work with all staff in the school/college to raise mental health awareness and literacy, and support staff wellbeing, using existing school systems

  • adopt and monitor the impact of a range of interventions provided to individuals or groups of students and adapt the approach as needed.

  • set out an approach for how you will involve the wider community in the co-production, and embedding, of your whole-school approach, including identifying opportunities for peer-led wellbeing support.

Download our full information leaflet for the full list of learning outcomes.

Who is this training for?

One senior mental health lead familiar with the role and/or those with limited senior mental health leadership training.

You do not need to complete the beginner level training first to attend this course, but it is most suitable for those with some prior training or experience. If you do not have any relevant training or experience, you may wish to consider the beginner course.

If you’re not sure if this course is right for you, please email us at where we can answer any questions.

You could also use Leeds Beckett University's learning level assessment tool here which you may find helpful.

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