Leading Mental Health in Schools Award

DfE assured Senior Mental Health Lead Training

The Educational Psychology Service runs the DfE assured Senior Mental Health Lead course, Leading Mental Health in Schools Award. This course will give you the tools and skills you need to lead practice in your school to promote emotional wellbeing and identify and respond to mental health needs.

The course aligns with the Senior Mental Health Lead learning outcomes and covers the following areas:

  • Whole-School Approaches
  • Identifying need and monitoring impact of interventions
  • Targeted support and appropriate referrals
  • Staff development
  • Enabling the student voice
  • Working with parents, families and carers

You will be supported to develop your understanding and practice through taught sessions, coaching sessions and by reflecting on your setting’s current practice and your role.

The course is led by Educational Psychologists, with input from other professionals including University of Wolverhampton, CAMHS and the Co-production and Youth Engagement Team.

We have worked alongside the University of Wolverhampton and you will have the option of gaining 20 Masters Credits towards an MA in Education by completing an assignment linked to the course (NB: This is not a requirement to gain the Leading Mental Health in Schools Award). You will have access to a University Tutor and library facilities if you choose to complete the Masters assignment.

Who is this for?

The award is aimed at Senior Mental Health Leads and those in education settings with a lead for emotional wellbeing and mental health.

What is involved?

  • Course runs for 9 months from January 2024–September 2024: Bookings will be open from September 2023
  • Monthly (term time) 3-hr sessions
  • A short presentation to the course cohort about applying learning in your setting
  • An optional 3000-word Master’s Level Assignment (tutorials and support provided)

What are the Outcomes?

  • Assured DfE SMHL training
  • Certificate of Attendance and Celebratory Event
  • Optional - 20 Masters Credits towards an MA in Education if you choose to complete the assignment

What does the course cost?

How to book

Book your place on SLA Online


For more information contact wellbeingtraining@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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Book your place on SLA Online

For more information contact: wellbeingtraining@wolverhampton.gov.uk