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Certificated Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for Senior Mental Health Leads (policy, practice and leadership)

Department for Education Approved Provider




In support of the government's commitment for all schools and to have a Senior Mental Health Lead by 2025, this 5-day course helps schools to develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. It is a DfE approved training and DfE grant funding is available to cover the cost.

Who it is for: School Mental Health Leads 

Duration/format: 2 x 2-day modules, 1 assessment day

Admission Requirements: no previous training required.

Cost:  £849 (no VAT)

Course Code: Course Code SMHL010

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I was stimulated in my curiosity, my emotions were tapped into, my sense of wonder provoked by the science included and more than anything else, my renewed deep sense of humility and responsibility for the impact I can have in every encounter has left me breathless. Training at its absolute best." Helen Power Navigator Real Ideas 


Devised and run by Senior Educators and Senior Psychologists and covering all aspects of leading mental health support in a setting including policy, practice and leadership. This course supports Senior Mental Health Leads in 8 key areas- 

  • Leadership and Management
  • School Ethos and Environment
  • Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  • Student Voice
  • Staff Development, Health, and Wellbeing
  • Identifying Need and Monitoring Impact
  • Working with Parents and Carers
  • Targeted Support


  • Become champions of mental health through the development of robust, visible, credible leadership.
  • Understand the causes of mental ill-health, prevention, and intervention.
  • Be up to date with psychiatric diagnoses/ medication and trauma-informed alternatives.
  • Learn therapeutic interventions for trained emotionally available adults in school.
  • Develop a PSHE curriculum informed by the latest research on effective child mental health interventions.
  • Gain access to vital materials, resources, and model policies, tried and tested in 1000s of UK schools, to create a Mentally Healthy School for staff, students and to support parents.



  • Webinar based learning- 2hrs pre-course and 2hrs during course.
  • 2 x 2 consecutive training days and
  • 1 x assessment day.

The sessions are live online and interactive, so delegates are required to have a camera and microphone on their device and delegates are expected to have their cameras on for the duration of the training. The delivery of content is intensive, and 100% attendance is expected


To be eligible for this course you must be in a role where you are able to put an action plan based on the course content into place in your setting. Schools in England can claim the cost of the training through the government Senior Mental Health Lead Funding Grant. Details of how to claim the grant can be found here- The deadline for using the grant has been extended to any course starting before 31st March 2024. 



Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for Senior Mental Health Leads (Policy, Practice and Leadership)


Link to Senior Mental Health Lead Flyer

To apply, complete the following application form Senior Mental Health Lead Training Application Form and return to:


Courses Open for Application 


Senior Mental Health Lead


Sept 2024


 (Pre course learning provided 15th July 2024) 

*Application Required*

Course Code SMHL010
Level - Intermediate 
Aimed at all settings 
23rd & 24th Sept 2024
21st & 22nd Oct 2024
26th Nov 2024 


Courses Underway 


Senior Mental Health Lead


May 2024 

(Pre course learning provided 25th March 2024) 


 Course Code SMHL010
Level - Intermediate 
Aimed at all settings 
1st & 2nd May 2024
5th & 6th June 2024
Assessment Day 4th July 2024