Advanced Certificate in the Role of the Senior Mental Health Lead

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Advanced Certificate in the Role of the Senior Mental Health Lead

Duration: 250 mins (approx)

With Ofsted and DfE placing more and more emphasis on how schools are managing their mental health and wellbeing provision, it’s important that Mental Health Leads and senior leaders better understand their responsibilities to staff and pupils in line with the latest policy and practice.

Our Essential CPD course on the role of the Designated Mental Health Lead provides you with the core content you need to ensure adherence with all your mental health and wellbeing requirements. Delivered in high-quality video CPD format that has been skilfully organised for busy workloads and is accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere, our Mental Health Lead training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost effective and most time-efficient manner.

Delivered by subject matter experts, Anna Bateman and Faye Whittle, the course has been divided into 5 easily digestible sessions and contains links to further learning, resources and activities throughout, with knowledge tests and assessments to help you evidence your compliance.

Designed in line with the following policies

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)
  • SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years
  • Mental health and behaviour in schools

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the designated lead for mental health role and implementing a whole school approach to mental health
  • Confidently and strategically lead the school and engage the wider community
  • Bespoke planning for your school context and recognising prevention and intervention methods
  • Understand the most up to date government guidance and policy in relation to children with SEND
  • Gain insights and practical examples from other schools to understand what works

Course Units


This CPD certified course will help you to better understand your roles and responsibilities as the Designated Mental Health Lead. It is aimed at governors, senior leaders and members of school staff who work in all school settings, from early years...

Session 1: A whole school approach to mental health

In session 1, you will learn about implementing a whole school culture around mental health and reducing mental health stigma. You will understand the mental health lead role, expectations, challenges and practical strategies for leading change.

Session 2: Prevention using data and links to attainment

In session 2, you will learn to identify vulnerabilities earlier and tools for measuring and evaluating impact. You will cover the 70/30 rule of prevention, the link between mental health and attainment and understand the importance of local networks...

Session 3: Special Educational Needs and Disability

This session will explore mental health and children with SEND. It will cover the SEND Code of Practice as well as discussing how to ensure the needs of pupils with SEND are being met, early identification methods and supporting pupils through interv...

Session 4: The wider community and staff wellbeing

In this session, you will understand the part curriculum plays in ensuring good mental health, government guidance and good practice. It will cover the role of the wider school community, the importance of a student voice, engaging parents/carers and...

Session 5: Question and answer and next steps

In the final session, you will be able to view a question and answer session with serving headteachers, mental health and safeguarding leads. It will also provide a summary and practical advice and guidance on taking the next steps.

Anna Bateman

About The Expert

Anna Bateman

Subject matter expert on mental health & wellbeing, who works in an advisory role for the DfE.
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