Annual Certificate in Mental Health for the Designated Governor

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Annual Certificate in Mental Health for the Designated Governor

Course Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes (approx.)

All boards should assign a designed governor for mental health as a wellbeing champion to provide strategic support to the school leadership team in line with best practice stated in the governance handbook. This also falls in line with the importance placed on pupil wellbeing in Keeping children safe in education.

Developed by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, this essential CPD course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the designated governor for mental health and give you the confidence to impact the lives of pupils and adults in school.

Please note: The course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.

Designed in line with the following policies:

  • Governance handbook
  • Keeping children safe in education
  • Promoting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing
  • Mental health and behaviour in schools

Learning objectives

  • Understanding the importance of implementing a designated governor for mental health in schools to support the wellbeing of staff and students.
  • Developing your knowledge of a whole school approach to promoting good wellbeing and mental health, including preventive measures.
  • Identifying the various duties that the senior mental health lead undertakes in their capacity in schools and how they develop an emotionally safe environment.
  • Appreciating how to develop a curriculum to promote good wellbeing and how measures such as these can help vulnerable groups and pupils with SEND.
  • Embedding a culture of wellbeing for staff that reminds them that their own mental health is as important as their pupils’.

Course Units

Introduction

Developed by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, this essential CPD course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the designated governor for mental health and give you t...

Module 1: DfE guidance and governor responsibilities

In this module, you will learn how the official government guidance shapes your role as the designated governor for mental health, including how the role is integrated in the school setting and how mental health affects both students and staff.

Module 2: A whole school approach to mental health

In this module, you will learn what the concept of a ‘whole school approach’ is and how it can be effectively applied in schools, which includes embedding preventive and protective factors to deal with mental health issues.

Module 3: Relationship with senior mental health lead

In this module, you will learn about how the senior mental health lead is a multifaceted role that involves maintaining an emotionally safe school environment, developing internal and external relationships as well as ensuring what training the senio...

Module 4: Vulnerable groups and SEND

In this module, you will learn how the designated governor’s role crosses over into vulnerable groups and children with special education needs, how SEND is a risk factor for mental health difficulties and how schools may already support vulnerable g...

Module 5: Staff wellbeing

In this module, you will learn about the importance of staff wellbeing, understanding current government guidance and the benefits of prioritising positive mental health initiatives in school.

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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